Which good mid-range camera and lens should i buy?

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    Hi there! I would like to sell my canon eos t1i and buy a new one, mid range, i can’t spend too much money.. my porpose would be taking potrait photo and fast action shots of dancers dancing on indoor stage.. which camera and lens would you suggest me to buy?
    What are the prices?

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    We need a budget from you.

    Mid range could be defined as anywhere from $1000 to $3500 for a camera body. Lenses could be anywhere from $250-5000.

    Without a budget in mind you aren’t going to get good answers.
     
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    You are right sorry, well i would like to spend max a 1000 ish dollars or less for both.. even used ones. I’m not a pro and i cant spend too much money on it.
    But as long as you guys could help me in what i need.. what the purposes are would be much appreciated.
     
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    I don’t know canon very well as I’m a Nikon shooter.

    $1000 is going to be a tight budget for a camera body and a lens. In the Nikon world you could get a used D7100 body for $500 or so and then have another $500 or so for a lens. Maybe something along the lines of a sigma 17-50 2.8 OS.
     
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    It doesn’t seem bad, do you think with this lens would i be able to shoot fast dancers in indoor stage? Is it going to have fast shutter speed ? And as well, you think is good for nice potrait photoshoots?

    also forgot to say that i would like a wifi camera so i can easy transfer the photos to my phone
     
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    That camera can do quite lot, so it will not be the limiting factor. A 2.8 lens may or may not be fast enough for capturing motion in dim light.

    If you can use flash, you can "freeze" motion. If you want to see some motion blur, then either a 2.8 or a 1.4 lens. There is quite a gulf between capturing dancers moving and portraiture. Portraiture usually calls for the use of additional lighting.

    Tell us more. Show us what you've done so far.
     
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    Yeah i know they are two different way to shoot but i just need something that can meet my needs in between.. I would like to catch moments and quality similar to these attached and maybe better with more light coming through the lens so better aperture i guess (f).. IMG_3716.JPG IMG_3730.JPG

    I didn’t take this photos, actually that one is me performing but anyway the camera used for these shots was:
    CANON EOS 5D mark lll
    EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM
     
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    What you think about this one? Is it a good deal for what i need?
    IMG_7348.JPG
     
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    Nikon body with an 85mm f/1.8 AF-S G lens, or a 50mm f/ 1.8 lens would be a good lower-budget start; with a 24-megapixel Nikon you could crop-in on shots made with the 50 or 85mm lenses. Nikon just for the superior low-light and High-ISO performance, and the extreme file recoverability.

    Bodies? Budget is lowish, so D700 full-frame, D600 full-frame, D800 used (I bought a D800 for $795 last month with 38k clicks on it); lenses? 50/1.8 AF-D for $95 or less...

    85/1.8 AF-S G is an _____extremely_____ sharp lens, one of the Top 10 lenses on the market today as tested by DxO Mark on high-megapixel Nikon cameras...VERY crop-able...
     
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    I was going to recommend the 85 over the sigma zoom, but I think I’d buy the zoom first.

    Having *only* an 85mm lens, especially if he gets a dx camera, is pretty limiting.

    I think I’d get a 7100 over a 700 at this point. The 700 is a great body but the sensor is getting pretty long in the tooth at this point, though still keeps up surprisingly well at high iso values.
     
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    The 85/1.8 is not a zoom one tho right? And the prices i found are over 300$
     
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    At your budget you’re going to have to take a compromise somewhere.

    You want low light ability, you’re going to have to get a prime. You want zoom, you’re going to lose low light ability.

    The sigma 50-100 1.8 would probably excel at what you want to do on a dx camera but it’s well out of your price range.
     

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