what should I buy

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  1. rockandrowland

    rockandrowland TPF Noob!

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    Ok... I've kinda been over this in a different thread, but I think it would be better here, plus I get the chance to start over with my new information.
    I am looking to BUY my first DSLR... it will not be the first one I've used, but as I don't work at my old job anymore, I can't very well use their camera.

    I am looking to spend about 1100-1200 total. I cannot go over this.

    I would like to buy: 1-2 lenses, one body, a memory card, a strap, a case and a tripod.
    I have been looking at nikon... mostly cause I like the way it feels in my hand... although, if i could find canon cheaper (ha... i won't hold my breath) I would totally get it.
    I like taking creative, invasive photos. I love portraits, but not like studio photos (think more having fun outside action photos)
    I also like macro (I work for a sound company, so I could possibly be taking pictures of sound equipment, isolated and close up)
    Do you think this is possible? what do you suggest?
    My main concern is not getting something that I will grow out of too fast. I've never taken a class, but I have a knack for this, and I need something that can keep up with me as i get deeper into this expensive, joyous hobby. Oh, and I want really good quality pics ;)
    Maybe I'm dreaming... can it be done on this budget???
     
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    If you're thinking of going Nikon, then I would look towards the D80, 18-70DX (kit lens, but a good one) to start. For tripod, look used first to save money, and go for a ball head vice a tilt/pan head, ideally Manfrotto, Giottos, or Benbo, Sunpak and Velbon make some okay stuff, but don't buy cheap - remember,you're trusting this to support a thousand dollars worth of gear (or more). A $30 tripod ain't gonna cut it!
     
  3. William Petruzzo

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    Used Canon 30D, 18-55mm lens, 70-300mm lens (Sigma or Tamron would suffice if you're just getting your hands dirty) and 50mm f/1.8 lens. Your total on Adorama comes to $950. Plenty of room to pick out an adequate tripod and some extra memory and batteries, without breaking the budget.

    The 30D is a great camera with lots of room to grow because it shares the same basic layout as canon's higher end models. The lenses on there cover most of your basic focal lengths and with the 50mm you've also got a fast lens (in fact, delivering probably the most bang for your buck).

    Camera + 18-55: http://www.adorama.com/ICA30DKR.html
    70-300: http://www.adorama.com/TM70300DEOS.html
    50 f/1.8: http://www.adorama.com/CA5018AFU.html

    That's my weigh in. :)
     
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    William Petruzzo TPF Noob!

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    Agreed. Spend a little extra on the tripod. Find a nicer used one if you have to.
     

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