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  • tarzieboy
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    if you have the kit lens, please let me know your views on same,, john

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  • Stephen
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    A good choice IMHO

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  • Dana
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    very tempting offer Steve .......after careful consideration I decided to go with the Canon XTi (or 400D in the UK I think....) I got it a few days ago and am suffering from lack of sleep!! Having a blast trying to figure out all of the functions....does anybody know of a good (also free) on-line tutorial or anythihng similar? I will post some of my shots to get some feedback as soon as I work up the nerve.....gotta go and play with my new baby!

    Dana

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  • Steve40
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    Not really! it belonged to one of my grand-daughters, and it just quit. So my son and I decided to fix it.

    It seemed the more we worked on it the worse it got!. This is where we decided that it was useless to proceed any further, since nothing was left to take apart.

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  • Ian
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    I'll bet there is an interesting story behind that little lot

    Ian

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  • Steve40
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    I have a slightly used but otherwise good Olympus, you can have really cheap. May need a few minor adjustments, and a little re-assembly. But that should be no problem, if Houdini is a family relative.

    Photo enclosed.

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  • Bearface
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    Originally posted by Dana View Post
    Thank you very much for taking your time to give me advice! I will think very hard about what everyone has said. I have a business degree, so hopefully that will help me when I want to put together a business plan! I will do my homework to make sure I stretch my Canadian dollars as far as possible!

    Thanks again!
    Dana
    Ah........a business degree might just help you with your plan...

    Regardless, at least you had the humility and sense to ask for help and advice, which won't do you any harm at all. Once again, good luck with your chosen path!

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  • Dana
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    Thank you very much for taking your time to give me advice! I will think very hard about what everyone has said. I have a business degree, so hopefully that will help me when I want to put together a business plan! I will do my homework to make sure I stretch my Canadian dollars as far as possible!

    Thanks again!
    Dana

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  • Bearface
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    Originally posted by Stephen View Post
    Great advice Tim, many thanks for your input. Im not sure if Dana refers to US or Canadian $, either way it wont go far these days

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  • Stephen
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    Great advice Tim, many thanks for your input. Im not sure if Dana refers to US or Canadian $, either way it wont go far these days

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  • Bearface
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    Originally posted by Dana View Post
    Hello All,
    I am a total beginner who has a dream of having a career in photography. I am able to spend about $1,500.00 on equipment at this time. I know almost nothing about what camera to start with. I am looking for something that is as professional as I can get within that budget. After I buy a camera I would like to take classes. Does anyone have advise on camera brand and model and what lense and flash would be appropriate for a person just starting out but starting out with all seriousness? Any help would be great!

    Thanks!
    Dana
    Hi, welcome to the forum.

    I have a friend who recently decided to start her own portrait business from home and so I'll offer my suggestions based on how she got things rolling. If I'm covering areas you're already familiar with, I apologise in advance, but hopefully the extra (non-equipment related) tips will also be useful to you.

    Firstly, you should research your chosen business and dertermine it's viability in the physical area you intend to "practice". Look on the internet and through the Yellow Pages and find out who is offering similar services to those you intend to offer and precisely what customers are getting for their money. It would also help if you make contact with your local chamber of commerce (or whatever the equivalent commerce-related body is called in your area!) to seek all the business-related advice (and financial support, if it's available) you can get. You'd be surpised how many people there are out there who are paid to help you to get your business moving in the right direction. You'd also be surprised at the numbers of people who think they can start a business by simply buying the right equipment and going on a course........you needbefore you hand it over! Also compare the maximum apertures of the kit lenses and decide which will be better suited to your type of work - a wide aperture is oftennecessary for natural-light work, so obviously a lens capable of f2.8 is going to be preferable to one which can only achieve f4 or f5.6....at least intially when cost is everything and you can't necessarily afford to splash out on additional lenses.

    Once again, if I've covered obvious ground here I apologise, but we all have to start somewhere and I've just thrown in what I think are some sensible suggestions. Whatever you decide to do, there are people here with a great deal to offer in terms of knowledge, skill and experience, so make sure you ask questions if you need to!

    Good luck
    Last edited by Bearface; 16-10-06, 04:22 PM. Reason: Elucidation, punctuation etc.

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  • Ian
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    Originally posted by tarzieboy View Post
    thanks Ian, loved the article iv,e just read,, making a better bounce flash, cant wait to make it & have a go, frustrating to wait another month for the slr, have been messing about with my panasonic fz5 & a jessops 150s flash unit i bought about 15 years ago, they still sell them, will any camera automatically balance the amout of light, even when one uses the cameras flash, in addition with the extra flash which is triggererd by same, john
    Multiple dedicated flash systems will use the camera as the meter, so you should be able to get balanced exposure with multiple flash unit. But in a studio setup, it's not the be all and end all - do some test exposures to set your aperture for the correct exposure by trial and error and you're done.

    Ian

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  • tarzieboy
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    thanks Ian, loved the article iv,e just read,, making a better bounce flash, cant wait to make it & have a go, frustrating to wait another month for the slr, have been messing about with my panasonic fz5 & a jessops 150s flash unit i bought about 15 years ago, they still sell them, will any camera automatically balance the amout of light, even when one uses the cameras flash, in addition with the extra flash which is triggererd by same, john

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  • Ian
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    Originally posted by tarzieboy View Post
    Hi Ian, slightly puzzled,by,,,equipment you will need,,, do you mean lighting, stands,,,flash etc,, as i would think, any good slr would handle any type of photography, ,,as you know, i am awaiting the review of the olympus 400 slr, do you know if they are making any new flash guns for same, or are the already available units to be sold for same, , p.s my sister & her family live in H.H
    john
    I really meant the specific choice of camera model, but also accessories like flash, tripod, lenses, etc.

    Ian

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  • tarzieboy
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    Hi Ian, slightly puzzled,by,,,equipment you will need,,, do you mean lighting, stands,,,flash etc,, as i would think, any good slr would handle any type of photography, ,,as you know, i am awaiting the review of the olympus 400 slr, do you know if they are making any new flash guns for same, or are the already available units to be sold for same, , p.s my sister & her family live in H.H
    john

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