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Old 02-11-2010, 03:11 AM   #1
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So.. I am thinking about investing in a D-SLR camera to take pictures of food and close up stuff. Any recommendations under $600. I know the lens I want costs about $300, 50mm f/1.4. Now I just need an appropriate body that's reasonably priced.



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Old 02-11-2010, 06:00 AM   #2
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I highly recommend Nikon. I've had the D80 since it first came out several years ago. I've seen it pricewise ranging from $600-800. Shop around.
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Old 02-12-2010, 09:15 AM   #3
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Canon is hard to beat, too. Good choice for your first lens, but I would consider instead a 50mm Macro, 3.5 or faster.
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Old 02-12-2010, 09:28 AM   #4
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They're all good these days. You'll be happy with whatever camera you choose.

For taking good photos of food, plan on getting a table top or full sized tripod, an off-camera flash, a means of holding it (yet another tripod) and some method of diffusion (bouncing off of a sheet of white poster board or through a sheet works fine in a pinch).
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Old 02-12-2010, 09:36 AM   #5
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You can't go wrong with either the Nikon or Canon.

If you want close up then I would suggest a Macro lens as well. Then read up on lighting!! Check out this site Strobist Lighting will be a big help on food photos.
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Old 02-12-2010, 02:58 PM   #6
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I think, almost all dslrs are okay today...
well, I would prefer Canon, but that ist just the thing I started with.. okay, and you better never invest in that Nikon crap

just make sure you get a good light around, a tripod as suggested or for food a bean bag will work fine, too..

Most important thing is, that you can work with it, so go into a shop and try the Camera, doesn't matter wether Canon, Nikon, Olympus or Sony.
It must feel good in your hand and you may have an eye on the costs of all else you need.

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