What Camera?

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  1. nathanlegiehn

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    Hey,

    I have a buddy who's looking for his first DSLR. He shoots mostly action stuff (skateboarding mostly) but probably needs a good all around body for everything. He's got around 800$ to play with and needs any help he can get. Im thinking an HD video option might be helpful/utilized but is not an absolute necessity. Any help?


    Thanks!
     
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    T1i ?
     
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    In that range im gonna suggest a Canon t1i, or a Nikon D90. even the XSi or the older D80 would work well.

    edit: shouldnt you be the expert helping him? you do have a 5D. ;):lmao:
     
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    haha i probably should be but I sorta just know whats good for me, not necessarily others haha.
     
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    does he have 800$ tops? You need some quick lenses for skate photography... is the 800$ for everything?
     
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    +1 ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ .

    For action shots the lens(s) is going to be way more important than the camera body.

    Your friend should get a used Canon XS or Nikon D40 and spend the rest on a 50 mm f/1.8 or 1.4 prime lens, a speedlight and an eBay radio trigger set so he can hand hold, or someone can hold for him, the speedlight off the camera.
     
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    +1, :lmao:

    thats exactly what I was going to say.

    I'll reword it for no reason. Tell him to start off with a cheaper body, he will be much more satisfied with a nice lens rather than a nice body, sure the capability of the body plays into skateboarding photography (you need a quick camera) but whats more important is flashes and nice lenses.
     
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    cool thanks! yeah its actually 800 to spend and then his rents were going to help him out with lenses...so you think it would be smarter to buy a cheaper body and go spend some $$$ on lenses?
     
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    yes.

    I cheaped out on lenses, I made a mistake by buying an 18-70 for 150$ and a Nikon D90 for almost 800$ (canadian). He should buy a canon rebel xti, or a used nikon d40/d60, these go for about 300$-400$.
     

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