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Old 02-14-2013, 06:44 PM #1765
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Good glass on a cheap body is preferable to a good body behind bad glass. That said, a 40D will be fine for a while, but there are only two lenses that will be around for $100: the 18-55mm kit and 50mm f/1.8 that aren't very good. If you want to do paintball or safari or anything that's far away, you'll need a telephoto that will cost more for better quality and faster autofocus. The cheapest is the 75-300 when used, and the 55-250 which is somewhat better.
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Old 02-14-2013, 07:08 PM #1766
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Good glass on a cheap body is preferable to a good body behind bad glass. That said, a 40D will be fine for a while, but there are only two lenses that will be around for $100: the 18-55mm kit and 50mm f/1.8 that aren't very good. If you want to do paintball or safari or anything that's far away, you'll need a telephoto that will cost more for better quality and faster autofocus. The cheapest is the 75-300 when used, and the 55-250 which is somewhat better.
I just did a basic search on amazon for those, "retail" on the 55-250 new was $209. That's not too bad. used prices were about $50~75 off, so 120-150ish. I'll be fine doing a 40d + 55-250mm in my budget. As far as protecting the equipment, I guess I would need some sort of carrying bag and I've been reading about filters, is it just buy them and use them, no particular brand to buy; or are there very specific kinds that are good for certain camera/lens?
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Old 03-02-2013, 02:38 AM #1767
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Getting into DSLR's, got a T3i with a 70/200 F2.8 inbound, plan on a 7D around june. This going to be decent for shooting paintball?
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Old 03-02-2013, 02:45 AM #1768
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Getting into DSLR's, got a T3i with a 70/200 F2.8 inbound, plan on a 7D around june. This going to be decent for shooting paintball?
70-200 is in my opinion the go to lens for paintball. The 2.8 will give you a advantage over f/4 and the 7d is a great body. I have shot along side several people with 7d's and they loved them with paintball.
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Old 03-02-2013, 05:19 PM #1769
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Old 03-16-2013, 09:49 PM #1770
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I have the crazy idea of starting a part time photography business.

The basic idea is to photograph kids tournaments in soccer and ice hockey. Both are popular in my area.

I would go on site, photograph, upload to my website, pass out fliers to parents with information to my website, they can view preview photos, and order which ones they like. I would print their chosen photos and mail them to their home.

This is where I need the experts to help me out.

I have no experience with photography besides taking pictures with a point and shoot digital camera. My photo editing experience consists of minor work within Picasa.

In terms of an initial investment to get me started, what is a ballpark number it would take me to get this going?

What equipment and software is needed?

My noob mind is telling me the basics of:

- Camera
- Lenses
- Editing software
- Data storage/backup
- Editing computer
- Printer
- Printer paper

Am I way over my head because of my lack of experience?

Please share your thoughts and opinions.
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Old 03-16-2013, 11:24 PM #1771
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Equipment and software:

Canon camera for sports: $1100-2500
Lense(s): $1k-2.2K or somewhere around there.

Extra camera: same as above
Website/marketing material: $500-1,000 a year.
Software: Lightroom - $200


So basically you looking at a startup cost of 5k-7k depending on what you get as gear that will actually work in those conditions. With 0 experience with DSLR's you are in over your head. It'll take 1-2 years to actually know how to work the camera, processing, and distribution unless you just do it like you would a 40hr a week job for a few months.
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Old 03-16-2013, 11:38 PM #1772
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The basic idea is to photograph kids tournaments in soccer and ice hockey. Both are popular in my area.

Ice hockey is going to be a lot tougher, and will cost a lot more money to invest in glass and possibly strobes if you go that route

I would go on site, photograph, upload to my website, pass out fliers to parents with information to my website, they can view preview photos, and order which ones they like. I would print their chosen photos and mail them to their home.

one of the better ways to do this is use a site like smugmug (I think it is $150 now but if I remember correctly the price is going up soon if not already. This site allows you to host photos (including private galleries with password protection), and customers can buy prints thru your site and have them delivered to them. No work from you necessary

This is where I need the experts to help me out.

I have no experience with photography besides taking pictures with a point and shoot digital camera. My photo editing experience consists of minor work within Picasa.

Get lightroom, and learn to adjust the sliders such as exposure, contrast, highlights, fill light, etc. They have free 30-day trials I believe for lightroom to try out and get used to it before investing

In terms of an initial investment to get me started, what is a ballpark number it would take me to get this going?

Like the post before me, the prices are about right
Canon 1D Mark III: $1,200 and incredible for sports (this would be my choice)
Canon 1D Mark II: $500-700 I think?
Canon 7D: $1,000 about I think and great for sports too


What equipment and software is needed?
equipment you don't really need much.. you don't need a monopod unless you are shooting anything bigger than a 300 2.8, which you probably won't be since that costs thousands of dollars... software, really just lightroom

My noob mind is telling me the basics of:

- Camera see above
- Lenses 70-200 f/2.8 is a must and can be used well for most sports... for ice hockey, this was the only lens I used... 300 f/2.8 non-is is about $2,100-2,400 and is an incredible lens... other than that for sports not too many... Maybe a 300 f/4 which I think is $900-1,000?
- Editing software lightroom
- Data storage/backup I dont have either.. but you can get 1TB external HD for like $80-100?
- Editing computer I just use my macbook pro....
- Printer dont need
- Printer paper dont need

Am I way over my head because of my lack of experience?
definitely a little too ambitious. I started using a Canon xTi and the kit lens 75-300mm I think. I used that for about a year or two before making a HUGE jump to the 1D Mark III (was a little bit in over my head.. so it isnt recommended)... I would advise starting with something a little less advanced like a Canon T3i/T4i or maybe even a 7D if you are feeling ambitious
see my notes in bold ^^^
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Old 03-17-2013, 02:09 AM #1773
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Old 03-17-2013, 02:34 AM #1774
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I have the crazy idea of starting a part time photography business.

The basic idea is to photograph kids tournaments in soccer and ice hockey. Both are popular in my area.

I would go on site, photograph, upload to my website, pass out fliers to parents with information to my website, they can view preview photos, and order which ones they like. I would print their chosen photos and mail them to their home.

This is where I need the experts to help me out.

I have no experience with photography besides taking pictures with a point and shoot digital camera. My photo editing experience consists of minor work within Picasa.

In terms of an initial investment to get me started, what is a ballpark number it would take me to get this going?

What equipment and software is needed?

My noob mind is telling me the basics of:

- Camera
- Lenses
- Editing software
- Data storage/backup
- Editing computer
- Printer
- Printer paper

Am I way over my head because of my lack of experience?

Please share your thoughts and opinions.
Don't get into photography if you're thinking this is a money grab.
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Old 03-17-2013, 12:56 PM #1775
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Don't get into photography if you're thinking this is a money grab.
right... there are definitely "easy" ways to make money and your ideas are exactly right... youth sports... I photographed my old high school's ice hockey team for maybe 5 games and had parents DYING to get prints, and made a killing through my smugmug, it was cake.. Parents just love to have pictures of their kids, especially on varsity high school teams when it might be their last chance to see their kid play school sports
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Old 03-18-2013, 06:37 AM #1776
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I searched around, haven't seen anyone mentioning m43 cameras. Any particular reason why not? I picked up an O-MD EM-5 a few months back and like it quite a lot.
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Old 03-19-2013, 03:54 PM #1777
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Quick question for wedding photographers

I'm going to be doing my Aunt's wedding this weekend I am really a beginner photographer if anything but I would like to do the best job possible for her. After looking over the chruch's stipulation I found that I am unable to take pictures once the service has begun and if I would like to take pictures I have to do so from the balcony. I realize that this is a conservative church but jeez. I'm sure there's lots of memorable pictures during the service that my Aunt would like to have. Anyone else have trouble with churches like this or any specific tips? Anything would be great, thanks.
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Old 03-19-2013, 09:26 PM #1778
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i've been wanting to get into photography for some time now, i just like taking pictures. with my tax refund on the way i was looking at getting a DSLR, been eyeing the nikon d3200. worth it or should i look at something else? preferably around the same price
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Old 03-25-2013, 09:04 PM #1779
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I love night photography and specifically getting star trails in my shots. I have come to realize that having the shutter open for a 1 hour exposure causes too much noise as the sensor heats up. What I am looking to do is set up my camera, program the shutter release to take 10-15, 5 minute exposures. I will layer the photos myself.

Looking around I see all different options and prices. Any help or suggestions would be great so I do not spend too much or waste money on too cheap of a device.

Thanks
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Old 03-25-2013, 09:31 PM #1780
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I love night photography and specifically getting star trails in my shots. I have come to realize that having the shutter open for a 1 hour exposure causes too much noise as the sensor heats up. What I am looking to do is set up my camera, program the shutter release to take 10-15, 5 minute exposures. I will layer the photos myself.

Looking around I see all different options and prices. Any help or suggestions would be great so I do not spend too much or waste money on too cheap of a device.

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Old 03-28-2013, 01:36 PM #1781
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I have no idea what's going on with my 20d.
It won't shoot at all. I've put it on manual focus and auto focus and the shutter won't click. Also, when I turn the camera off, it stays on. The only way to get it to turn off is to take out the battery. The other issue is when it's on if it hit the menu, jump, info, or preview button nothing happens. Basically, my camera is being completely unresponsive.

The camera did fall off the shelf of my dorm closet and I'm afraid this is the issue. Are there any other possibilities? I'm afraid I've completely ****ed up my 20d.
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Old 04-07-2013, 06:20 PM #1782
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Best lens I can get for under 200 bucks? new or used.
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Old 04-07-2013, 06:21 PM #1783
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Old 04-08-2013, 10:19 AM #1784
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50mm 1.8 all day long for $100. If you want a zoom, the 28-135 IS is a great lens, though it may still be running a few bucks over your price range.
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