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which would you buy?
Purpose = Lanscape and Portraits.

Option 1 Canon 40D + 17-40 + 85MM F1.8 1,214.

Option 2 Nikon D300 + 18-200 + 60mm f2.8 1,581.

Option 3 Nikon D300 + 16-85 f3.5/5.6 1,319.

Option 4 Nikon D300 + 15-55 F2.8 1,710.

Option 5 Canon 40D + 17-85 + 60mm f2.8 1,145.

The lens I use for Portraits needs to be pin sharps as I sell these and produce up to A3. The Landscape is only a walk about lens, I guess therefore it does not need to be too sharp?.

Cnon seems to give me best value, but thats because the body only price @ 590 v D300 @ 957!!!.

I have had a 5D and 24-105 stolen that I bought a year ago, but can't bring myself to buy a camera thats going to be discontinued soon. I know thats not the correct way to think but I hate having out of date stuff..

Also will the 60mm be ok for studio work, as I have a small studio set up?.

Many Thanks.

Iam..

Comments (6)

Option 2 Nikon D300 + 18-200 + 60mm f2.8 1,581 Definately Nikon here!.

Nikon D60 18-55vr & 55-200vrSB400Casio Z750..

Comment #1

Sorry it's 17-55 not 15-55!!!!!!!.

Ian.

IDB wrote:.

Purpose = Lanscape and Portraits.

Option 1 Canon 40D + 17-40 + 85MM F1.8 1,214.

Option 2 Nikon D300 + 18-200 + 60mm f2.8 1,581.

Option 3 Nikon D300 + 16-85 f3.5/5.6 1,319.

Option 4 Nikon D300 + 17-55 F2.8 1,710.

Option 5 Canon 40D + 17-85 + 60mm f2.8 1,145.

The lens I use for Portraits needs to be pin sharps as I sell theseand produce up to A3. The Landscape is only a walk about lens, Iguess therefore it does not need to be too sharp?.

Cnon seems to give me best value, but thats because the body onlyprice @ 590 v D300 @ 957!!!.

I have had a 5D and 24-105 stolen that I bought a year ago, but can'tbring myself to buy a camera thats going to be discontinued soon. Iknow thats not the correct way to think but I hate having out of datestuff..

Also will the 60mm be ok for studio work, as I have a small studioset up?.

Many Thanks.

Iam..

Comment #2

If it was me: OPTION 4! D300 + 17-55 2.8.

If you are in that price range, have you considered this lens combo:.

D300 + 35-70 2.8 + 24mm 2.8 ? I think this will be a good choice as well. 35-70mm 2.8 is a great and well reviewed lens and so is the 24mm! Granted this will not give you much reach, but a 55-200mm can be had for relatively cheap nowadays if you need the extra reach.

Hope this helps..

Respects,.

Doni.

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Comment #3

Given your options, I'd get option 3. That's a tack sharp consumer lens and will serve you for most anything..

That said, I'd get something a little different. I'd get the D300, of course.For lenses, I'd get the Sigma 10-20 for my wide super landscape lens..

For my walk-around, I'd get a 35 f2 prime. It's very sharp and not too high priced..

For my portrait lens, there would only be one choice for me. That would be the 85 f1.4. This is one of the finest lenses Nikon makes. There's something magic about it. (pass on the 85 f1.8).

With those three lenses, you're covering most anything except a longer telephoto. With the 35 and the 85, you've got lenses that cover most normal zoom ranges, but with way better IQ you can only really get with quality primes..

If later you needed a longer lens, the 70-300vr is great..

The key is that wonderful 85 f1.4 though. Once you learn it and how to use it's paper thin depth of field to bring out the subject, it'll make you really wonder how you got along without it. You'll find yourself looking for ways to use it and marvel at the output. It does children's portraits like no other..

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Cheers, Craig..

Comment #4

AlphaDSLR wrote:.

Great lighting-nice 3 dimensional look..

Thanks, pal. It hurt to lay out $1100 for a lens, but it was worth it. That's my grand-nephew..

You ought to get a lens with this wide of an aperture. The paper thin DOF is amazing. It's a lot of fun..

Look at this picture of a chain link fence. This is not a macro lens. LOL.

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Cheers, Craig..

Comment #5

IDB wrote:.

Purpose = Lanscape and Portraits.

The lens I use for Portraits needs to be pin sharps as I sell these.

And produce up to A3. The Landscape is only a walk about lens, Iguess therefore it does not need to be too sharp?.

Pin sharp portraits may not be very appealing to your lady customers, as they hate all their skin blemishes being displayed with clinical clarity by your "pin sharp" lens.:-)..

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