Purchasing Equipment

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  1. UncleRico

    UncleRico TPF Noob!

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    I have saved up a little money to buy some new equipment but I am struggling to make a decision on where to spend it. I mainly shoot portraits, but would like to keep my options open.

    Here is a summary of some of the things I already have:

    Nikon D80
    50mm f1.8
    105mm f2.8
    2x Alienbees b800's w/shoot through umbrella and large softbox
    a couple of backdrops
    Elements 7.0

    There are so many things that have been tempting me lately. I'm considering the following:

    SB-600
    ABR800--any one have comments on this?
    Monitor calibration probably Pantone huey (b/c it is cheap)
    Upgrade to CS4
    Lightroom

    I don't have a lot, but want to know what people think would be the best investment.

    Thanks!

    Ryan
     
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    KmH Helping photographers learn to fish Supporting Member

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    If you don't know what you need, you don't need anything, except maybe more knowledge.
     
  3. UncleRico

    UncleRico TPF Noob!

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    [/quote]If you don't know what you need, you don't need anything, except maybe more knowledge.[/QUOTE]

    Thanks for taking the time to talk down to me.

    I'll be the first to admit that I need more knowledge, but it wasn't a question of what I needed . . . the question was of the equipment listed, which would be the best investment. I would like to have all of what I listed, but was trying to prioritize based on available budget.

    I don't understand why so many people have to cop an attitude on forums. Really, get over yourself.
     
  4. jjparson

    jjparson No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    I think lightroom has been one of the most rewarding purchases for me in terms of enjoyingthis hobby and expressing things creatively.
     
  5. KmH

    KmH Helping photographers learn to fish Supporting Member

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    Any of it would be a good investment. Use a dart.
     
  6. dirkjanboon

    dirkjanboon TPF Noob!

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    well i have a nikon d50 and a d70.

    i am looking at a cheap used nikon d80.

    why?

    sometimes i need more mp to crop
    i like also more processing features the d80 offers to the d70 and d50
    now i have heard that a d80 generally over exposures and that the matrix metering some times fails.

    any tips about the d80 in respect of my work (general gallery) and in my welcome thread..

    thanks

    dirk
     
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    Bitter Jeweler Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    Honestly, nobody can tell you what you need. That's something you have to answer for yourself. What you need usually presents itself to you repeatedly. You know, when you find yourself saying "darnit, I wish I had xxxxx piece of equipment" repeatedly. Not having a piece of equipment that repeatedly limits you in what you can do, is what you need.

    What KmH posted was not attitude. It was blatant honesty.
    I don't understand why so many people cop an attitude when they don't get the answer they want to hear. If you want candy coating, get some M&M's.
     
  8. Dao

    Dao No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    It is truth that it is hard for others to pick something for you since it is a personal choice. And different people have different priorities. Hope you understand.
     
  9. Vautrin

    Vautrin No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Well it's about what is important to you.

    Monitor calibration will help you make sure what is on your screen is what will print either yourself or through a pro lab.

    CS4 will let you do more image manipulation but it might have a learning curve.

    But if you're not doing serious post processing the above might be a waste of money

    Lightroom will help with your workflow.

    The other items look like they're nikon flashes?

    So I guess the question you need to look at is whether you need to invest in equiptment for the camera or equiptment for post processing / printing...
     
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    "I sure could use that right now." What do you say that about most often? That's your answer.
     

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