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Web Designer / New to Digital...Would like advice
I'm currently looking for a new camera setup to expand my current web design firm into an all encompassing enterprise. I find that I have difficulty explaining the shots I, or my clients, wish to capture to local photographers and I'm spending money on shots I cant use..

So I thought I would move into the realm of doing the photography myself. I have experience with the basics of photography using a 35mm Canon Rebel G, but I would like to move to a digital camera that will grow with me as I gain more clients wishing me to do their photography work..

I have been looking at the canon 5d/(unsure of lens) but would like opinions on that and other likely camera/lens combos that would be a good base to start from...

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The type of shots I looking to do for my current client are some really low light full body portraits and some outdoor high DoF / low ISO shots with a subject in the woods near a waterfall...

Comment #1

Setix wrote:.

I have been looking at the canon 5d/(unsure of lens).

The Canon 5D is a fine camera; I own one myself. The Canon 24-105 mm f/4 L is often considered the kit lens for the 5D, but there are plenty of other, less and more expensive, lenses that would work just fine too..

But would likeopinions on that and other likely camera/lens combos that would be agood base to start from..

For photographs that are destined for the web, the 12 MP Canon 5D is overkill. It certainly has the high ISO performance that would be good for really low light full body portraits, but given that most monitors are running at sub 1 MP, the 12 is more than you need. Even with top end, high resolution monitors, you are looking at less than 2 MP..

The newer Canon 40D offers a lot more bang for the buck with 10 MP. You should also look at similar offerings from Nikon, Olympus, Pentax, and Sony. Six megapixels or so would give you plenty of pixels to crop from..

Brian A...

Comment #2

Hugowolf wrote:.

For photographs that are destined for the web, the 12 MP Canon 5D isoverkill. It certainly has the high ISO performance that would begood for really low light full body portraits, but given that mostmonitors are running at sub 1 MP, the 12 is more than you need. Evenwith top end, high resolution monitors, you are looking at less than2 MP..

Hugo I appreciate your view that the 5d is overkill for web work and I am in agreement with you 100%. My thought was that I could not only use the camera for the web, but also for travel and eventually move into a more active photography role in the community...

Comment #3

Setix wrote:.

Hugo I appreciate your view that the 5d is overkill for web work andI am in agreement with you 100%. My thought was that I could not onlyuse the camera for the web, but also for travel and eventually moveinto a more active photography role in the community..

Then the 5D would certainly be an excellent camera, if you think you need a full frame body for a reasonable price..

The 24-105 mm f/4 IS L is good in combination with this camera. The 28-135 mm IS is a less expensive alternative in the same sort of focal range. There is also the 24-70 mm f/2.8 L, which is more expensive, doesnt have IS, but is one stop faster than the 24-105 mm..

Clearly for web design you will have a variety of clients and applications for the camera. For small products a macro lens in the 100 mm range, such as the Canon 100 mm f/2.8, is a good idea. There are similar macro offerings from Tamron (90mm) and Sigma (105mm), but the Canon has a better working distance (distance from the front of the lens to the subject at 1:1 magnification) than the other two..

If you decide against the 5D in favour of a crop sensor camera, then 100 mm can be too much for larger products that still require some close up shoots: you would need a step ladder, tall tripod, and high ceiling, to shoot a palace setting (plate, food, knife, fork, wine glass, etc) with 100 mm on a 1.5 or 1.5 crop sensor. There excellent macro lenses in the 50-60 mm range..

For crop sensors, I would suggest looking at the Canon 40D, Nikon D80 and D200 (or in a couple of months the D300), the two Sony cameras, the successor to the Olympus E1 (due October), and the Pentax K10D..

Brian A...

Comment #4

Hugowolf wrote:.

Thereare similar macro offerings from Tamron (90mm) and Sigma (105mm), butthe Canon has a better working distance (distance from the front ofthe lens to the subject at 1:1 magnification) than the other two..

[grin!].

If you decide against the 5D in favour of a crop sensor camera, then100 mm can be too much for larger products that still require someclose up shoots: you would need a step ladder, tall tripod, and highceiling, to shoot a palace setting (plate, food, knife, fork, wineglass, etc) with 100 mm on a 1.5 or 1.5 crop sensor. There excellentmacro lenses in the 50-60 mm range..

I would make a different recommendation. It's unusual to need 1:1 macro for product shots, unless you are doing very specialist work, and when you do it can be achieved by cropping from a more modest magnification (for web use, that is). Instead, consider a more versatile zoom 'macro' like the Sigma 18-50 EX DC Macro. It can manage 1:3 at 50 mm and a bit less at 18 mm. Sharpness is very good, distortions are well-controlled, and the price is pretty reasonable too. Stopped down a little (which you will always need to get adequate depth of field) it is pin-sharp - I'm not sure I could tell it apart from the Canon 50/1.8 for example...

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