Help me choose my future "pro gear"

Discussion in 'Nikon Cameras' started by Sid51, Aug 14, 2014.

  1. Sid51

    Sid51 TPF Noob!

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    Yes. I have never received a complaint because of the flash in any event i covered so far. But, if that happens, flash off, f/1.4 on and iso up :)

    Honestly, that is what i would like to do, but my budget wont allow me. I need a good prime 50mm to cover indoor events, i'd rather sacrifice a little in sharpness and get a tamron plus the 50mm.

    Cant afford all that gear, man! lol

    the nikon d4s + 14-24 will exceed my budget already, if i sum up the 200-400 it will be almost the double of what i have to spend haha


     
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    Braineack Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    W.Y.Photo No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Does the 910 kit come with pocketwizards or any other slaves? If not pocketwizards should be your next purchase after this stuff. You'll find them along with the flashes being your most useful tools during skate shoots.

    Off topic: Have you posted any of your skate photography?! I'd love to see it. I got into photography by photographing skaters.
     
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    No, it doesn't ;/

    I will upload some of my pictures and post them here tomorrow!
     
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    EBay is a better option, more buyer protection and better prices. Learn to sell as well as buy, because the best deals are had in large lots-you need to resell what you don't need.

    I never buy a used lens without a camera and a flash attached, once you sell the camera and lens you end up getting the lens for half market value
     
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    Took some directly from facebook, so quality isnt perfect. There are some flaws on editing, composing, etc, but they are at least 1 year old, i've evolved a lot as a photographer since then haha :p
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    Is there a limit of photos per post?

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    Ohhh skate photography! I got into photography via skate photography on my T3i as well. I've just upgraded to a nicer camera (7d, so not FF), but if you're shooting with a wide angle, AF doesn't matter because you want everything in focus anyway. Just set to the distance of your skater and tighten down your aperture. With primes (I love primes) or telephotos, the AF speed isn't that much faster on my 7d vs T3i. Yeah you get to use more points and compose your shot better, but you're still going to miss some waiting on focus lock (at least in my experience).

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    Sid

    Still wanting to "go pro"?

    Success at making photography your sole source of income will likely depend on you being versatile enough to meet the requirements of clients coming to you. Be ready for almost anything - architecture, product, school, portraits (personal and corporate), parties, graduation, weddings and corporate events…and still more not mentioned. In other words, skateboarding and travel pictures might not pay the bills.

    Versatility and dependability should be your prime considerations in equipment choice.
    Solid fast responding camera body (aka D3s, D4)
    Versatile wide zoom (or a single wide prime) to which you can add filters and with the lowest distortion or a wide PC lens
    Fast mid zoom (24 or 28 to 70) plus a fast 50mm
    Fast short tele zoom (70-200)
    Fast 85
    100 mm (or so) macro
    then as needed you can rent fast long telephotos as needed (300+ mm)
    a decent, rugged and powerful speed light
    a reasonable set of off camera lights and modifiers

    From my experience and that of my photography acquaintances stay with OEM equipment in the 'pro' ranges. Start with the basics but get the good stuff right from the start. Don't obsess with DXO results - go with what is field proven.

    The versatility of yourself and your equipment and the dependability of your gear will greatly help towards being able to earn a living. Don't forget to get some education in marketing and in the management of a small business. The business side is more crucial than the gear side.

    "Going Pro" is a big step from "Enthusiastic Amateur" and requires a different mind set and approach.

    All meant with the best intentions and I wish you luck. Be smart, persevere, and it should work out.
     
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    Someone ready to go 'Pro' would not have to ask those questions. You need more learning experience.
     
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    Valid point, however, do not take it for granted. That depends (a lot) from what cultural context you are talking from.
    In some cultures and countries, there is nothing wrong with that.
     

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