Need a camera for Car Photography.

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  1. cici_rupert9

    cici_rupert9 TPF Noob!

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    Hello there,
    Photography is a hobby of mine , but I often visit car shows to express my passion. I am looking for advice on what kind of Nikon camera would be best for me. I currently use a Canon EOS 20D, but it isn't mine so I have to get my own soon. It does a good job, but I don't have a lens that will focus on the small pieces of a car, like emblems and general detail.

    Here is a link to some of my work, so you understand what I mean by 'car photography.'
    Cars-Coffee-Cameras

    I'm a college kid, so around $500 would be nice. I have more to spend, but I would rather not. I do want to explore with a macro lens at some point, if that means anything. I'm sorry. I use a camera, but I don't understand all the terminology. I'm just a hobbyist.

    Lastly, as honestly as anyone can answer, would a Nikon be a better pick over a Canon or are they about the same in general quality?

    Thanks in advance!


     
  2. Derrel

    Derrel Mr. Rain Cloud

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    I'd buy a Nikon D3200 on close-out. It will take OLD Nikon F-mount lenses, like say the old 55mm f/3.5 pre-Ai Micro~Nikkor, which can be bought from KEGH.com in rough shape cosmetically for $32. Or buy an old 105mm f/4 Micro~Nikkor, cheap.

    The Nikon will give you greater dynamic range than any Canon, and higher resolution than any Canon. ANY Canon. No matter the price. And it's a small,light camera, affordable too. If you are really broke, the older, pre-AI Nikkor lenses can save you a lot of money.

    I would look at the Sigma 10-20mm lens, which is on rebate right now for like $349.I THINK I saw the coupon code at ken Rockwell.com last night.

    JUNE is camera sales/rebate month in the USA.
     
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    tirediron Watch the Birdy! Staff Member Supporting Member

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    OP: I have taken the liberty of moving your thread to the general equipment forum. There is no requirement to post across multiple fora.
     
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    DarkShadow Birdographer Supporting Member

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    I Second the D3200 for the Dynamic range and the 24 megapixels that will give you more room for cropping while still holding a high resolution image. Right now BH photo has brand new D3200 with a starter kit glass 18-55 $476.00 with Free Expedited Shipping or Adorama Same price free shipping and both very reputable.
     
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    robbins.photo Yup, It's The Zoo Guy Supporting Member

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    I'd agree the D3200 will be your best bet for a camera body, I'd look for maybe used or refurbished from a site like KEH, Adorama or B&H photo. The kit lens will work fine in good lighting, and easy enough to add an external flash if needed.
     
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    astroNikon 'ya all Bananas I tell 'ya Supporting Member

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    I third (edit: fourth) that setup. Within your budget and a lens that will give you the detail that you want, and you can play around with a little wide angle.

    I got the car bug too even on a rainy day the other week. I love the old cars and the grills, and lines that they have
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/100677477@N08/sets/72157645081760985/
     
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    minicoop1985 Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    Pretty much this.
     
  8. cici_rupert9

    cici_rupert9 TPF Noob!

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    Alright! Thank you all very much! :blushing: I appreciate the help!
     
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    cici_rupert9 TPF Noob!

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    Thank you. Sorry, I wasn't sure what one was best, but I know now.
     
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    Village Idiot No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Ideally, the best camera is probably out of your price range. The Sony full frame mirror less would be perfect, especially once you get in to rig shots. Having a 5dmkii with wide angle lens hanging off a pole can put your heart in your chest on occasion.
     
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    I prefer a fast wide angle lens for car photography. The wide angle is great for showing off the lines of a car with exaggerated perspective. The wide apertures of a fast lens will blur out the images in the reflection of the chrome or paint which is useful because often that reflection is of a guy holding a camera to his face.
     
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    Agree. Without making any stylistic comments, I'd also recommend a fast prime lens: f1.4/1.8/2 in a 35mm or 50mm on an APS-C sensor. This allows for shallow(er) DOF/selective focus and blurring of busy/distracting backgrounds. A polarizer should be standard equipment, too. Go for detail. Whole car shots are always difficult at shows/cruise nights. Not a fan of distorted, wide-angle car close-ups.
     

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