Since you have been using 18-200, so I suggest you keep using it.
For babies, children, get a prime. What focal length you like? Sigma30f1.4, Sigma 50f1.4 , EF85f1.8 are good options.
Tamron non VC is better then the VC. Check other old threads.
For flash, if you know you will always use it, then get the 580EXII, if not, 430EXII is more than enough.
D80 with 18-200mm VR is good enough. The general idea is one general lens to replace several lenses you would otherwise use.
If you really want to change camera, I would recommend chnaging it to either the D90 or D300s. Thery are both good cameras and you still get to keep your existing lens.
TS, depends on yourself right?
You feel that you don't want to change, then just stick with your Nikon.
If you are ok accepting your friend's offer, then just get what he recommended.
I don't think its that bad moving to another brand (esp. when its 'free'). Its only some phase in time.
So far the word "TS" keep appearing. what does it mean?
Would recommend the below since it's for shooting babies and toddlers
7D (can be used as a master to trigger ur speedlite flash as direct flash is bad for babies)
EF-S 17-55mm f2.8 IS USM () (The best crop sensor lens and it helps in indoor environment)
EF 100mm f2.8L IS USM (love the fine details when shooting baby feet and hands)
only the image matters
But seriously..... if you are planning a studio (i guess starting up a studio business?) and if you REALLY have to go the Canon way ... then go for a 5D Mk2 or a 1d mk3 because the price (5d2) had a recent big drop..... and change the 18-200 to
a 17-40 L 2.8,
a 28-70 2.8 L and
a 80mm portrait lens
...... as work equiptment, these tend to last longer
Otherwise..... why downgrade ?
Last edited by ed9119; 25th May 2010 at 08:28 AM.
shaddap and just shoot .... up close
I vote for sticking to your camera and getting what you need for taking better photos.
Switching to a completely new system takes time to get used to the equipment. If your focus is on babies and toddlers with a view to start a studio, it is never too early to start practising. If your friends insist on getting you new gear, how about supplementing your D80 with:
- a starter kit softbox + 2 lamps and stands + simple backdrop
- SB800/SB900 speedlight
- a prime lens that gives you a comfortable working distance to the young ones
- a good tripod
You can keep your 18-200mm for travel, and soon when your photos improve further, maybe your images will speak loudly enough to convince the whole bunch of your friends to switch over to...the Dark Side.
Nikonian since 2003
F55 | D700
keep your existing setup
insist to get a D700 or 5DmkII plus a few prime lens. don't need to say so much here, just go to the shop and buy.
can I know this friend too?
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