New Guy Questions

Discussion in 'Photography Equipment & Products' started by bryanbuchanan, Nov 11, 2005.

  1. bryanbuchanan

    bryanbuchanan TPF Noob!

    Nov 11, 2005
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    I'm going to need to do some product shots, action, and the occasional portrait...and my current setup (of a nikon coolpix 5000, a few lenses, a flashlight, a bedsheet, and a shiny piece of sheet metal) just isn't cutting it anymore.

    the product shots will be of motorcycle shocks, nothing bigger than 2 ft, and I will be shooting from probably about 10ft away.

    And I'll eventually want to get lenses, maybe a fisheye and a macro.

    so what I'm looking for are recommendations for:
    a pretty versatile DSLR cam
    a 2-3 light setup kit
    a reflector

    Thanks a ton guys, any help is appreciated!

  2. jstuedle

    jstuedle No longer a newbie, moving up!

    Jun 30, 2005
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    If you want to stay Nikon (and my being a Nikon guy, I would recommend it :) ) I would look at a D70 or a D200 if your budget allows. For your product shots, I would look at say a 35-70 f/2.8 or as a min a 50mm f/1.8. The 50 is cheap and sharp. The 35-70 is very sharp for a zoom, but not really cheap. For lights, you could go with studio lights or a couple of SB-600 or a SB-800 and a 600. These flashes offer wireless TTL and are very nice. A simple disk reflector is cheap and folds up to 1/3 its open diameter so it stores easily in your kit.

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