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Old 03-07-2013, 21:18   #1
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Buying advice - My first DSLR

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I've for the opportunity to purchase my first Dslr, and I'm looking for some advice.
A bit of background, I'm a freelance graphic design and a client wants me to shoot some products, this will fund the purchase of a new camera.
I use an old canon Dslr at work shooting work for my day job, studio manager in a small agency, so I'm fairly ok with setting up shots and using raw.

But seeing as I'm spending my own money I want to make sure I get the right gear.

Budget is £300-£500, I was looking at a canon, not sure which version though.

Apologies if this not the right place for this, but just looking for a friendly point in the right direction.
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Old 03-07-2013, 21:30   #2
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If you're looking at a Canon in that price range, you're probably looking at the 650D. It's towards the top end of the range, but.

Edit: oops, was looking at body-only prices. With the kit lens it's slightly over. If you want more than one lens with the camera for that money then you won't be looking at the 650D after all.

Current bottom-end entry model for Canon is the 1100D, I believe, but I'm not too keen on it. It's cheap for a DSLR, sure, but at the cost of missing and not up to par features.

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Is it worth getting a 650 over a 600? If its worth stretching the budget then I could do it.
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Old 03-07-2013, 21:44   #4
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To be fair, I'd just buy a slightly older body and get a better lens. Those kit lenses do a job, but you'll soon want something better.

I'm sure someone here could guide you on the most suitable lens for product shots? How big are the products? Football sized?
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This particular set will be edging strips for kitchens, bedrooms. But I'll want to shoot my portfolio and general photography as well as any upcoming projects/products.

I've been dappling in photography for 20years but never got too deep.

It may be worth getting a 550d body and a better lens, I'll have to do some reading unless someone has experience.
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Old 03-07-2013, 21:57   #6
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I guess everyone will have different opinions on what is best. I know my Nikon D50 has been great for me with some half decent glass on the front of it, but I really want better ISO power with my next body. I ideally want a D90, but my budget is only 250-300 so cannot afford the newer models.
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A 'new' 550D isn't going to be any cheaper than a 650D as it's not on the market any more. Second-hand will be cheaper, but you'll not have the same consumer protection as you will buying new, and you'll have to take into consideration how heavily it's been used - the shutter count is the main thing to be aware of with second-hand DSLRs, I believe, while with second-hand lenses you'll want to be sure the optics haven't been damaged by being bumped or scratched.

Possibly others here could point out a decent second-hand supplier or two, or you could have a look in the back of camera magazines.
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On second hand gear, I highly recommend:

http://www.ffordes.com/
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Old 03-07-2013, 23:15   #9
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Panamoz have 600D's with kit lenses from £380 and 60D bodies from £551

http://panamoz.com/index.php/digital-cameras/canon.html

I suppose for a pack shot something like a Macro might be decent enough - maybe a Canon 60mm EFS or one of teh third party macro's.
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The question I need to ask myself is it worth buying the latest camera, or an older model?
Do I buy a 550d kit, or a 1110d and have money left for lighting, or do I go for a 100d/650d/700d.

Photography will not become my life and it will have limited use.

We all like to have the greatest and latest in gadgets, but I do need to stick close to my budget.
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Some retailers clear stock of older models like the 550d, so it's worth monitoring some of the bargain/deal sites. I think the 550d was going for just over 300 quid recently.

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Personally, I'd go for an older body and better glass.
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You sometimes get a good deal on here
http://uk.webuy.com/product.php?plid=15
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Personally, I'd go for an older body and better glass.
Yeah, I'd go with that option as well.
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Personally, I recommend one of these: http://forums.thedigitalfix.com/foru...d.php?t=624357

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Personally, I recommend one of these: http://forums.thedigitalfix.com/foru...d.php?t=624357

£4595 sounds like a bargain
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Personally, I'd go for an older body and better glass.
This. Unless there's a killer feature on a newer body a 550d will be fine, especially if the extra is put towards lighting - which is more important than a few unused features
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Thanks Rob, its looking like a 550d body and ? lens.
I need to do some reading as I keep hearing about 'prime' lenses, so I need to see whats a good all round lens, unless the stock ones are fine?

I'll be doing close work with the product shots and portfolio, I dont see much use at the moment for Telephoto.

Any advice on a cost effective lens for a 550d would be appreciated.
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Another recommendation for used gear is http://www.mpbphotographic.co.uk
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