Beginner looking for advice buying macro camera!

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    siliefly TPF Noob!

    Apr 7, 2010
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    Hi all,
    I am a jewellery designer/ maker and I am looking to buy my own camera and equipment to take my own photos as I am very interested about learning how to do it and think it will save me a lot of money in the long run to take my own product shots.
    I have been researching a lot but I am also unsure of a lot! My budget is around €1500 in euros and I will be taking photos of small jewellery pieces that are not of reflective quality(look at Untitled Document for pictures taken of my work by other photographer!) I love these photos but the photographer has since gone out of business:( So as you can see the pieces are small and sometimes may be used for publications or posters so I need very high quality/ high resolution pictures.
    To start I need a camera. I am thinking that I will need something that is at least 15 mega pixels? Would 15mp be sufficient?! I was looking at the canon EOS 50D ??
    Then for the lens I was looking at the canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM This looks like an amazing lens but I am unsure if this is right? I do want to buy the right equipment that will last me.
    Then for the flash: when researching the Canon Macro Ring Lite KIT MR-14EX 100mm 60mm 50mm Lens was recommended but this is pretty pricey I think, I wanted to spend the bulk of my money on the lens as this is the most important? I then read that a Canon Speedlite 270EX would be sufficient for flash if I bounced it off an overhead white wall or something???
    Do I have this all right? I want to make sure I get the proper stuff to set up with so that is why I am asking for your help in this forum!!!

    Thank you very much in advance ☺



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