Great camera and lenses combo for around $1000?

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droberto
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Great camera and lenses combo for around $1000?
Nov 8, 2012

Hi, I asked another question about what were some good cameras for a beginner/intermediate. But this time I'd like to hear some camera lens combos. I'm more towards the intermediate side since I've been shooting in film for a couple years now. I also want good quality lenses. I really want to stay away from the kit lenses (18-55 and 55-250). I'm going to do mainly portraits and action photography. I've thought about getting a Canon T3i with 70-200mm f/4, 50mm 1.8, and  possibly a good walk around/travel lens. That should total up to around $1300, and $1700 if including a travel lens. As for Nikon, I'm thinking about a D5100 with 50mm 1.8, Sigma 70-200, and a travel lens. That should total to around $1500 or $1800 with a travel lens. What are some camera lens combos that you know, or use? Any recommendations are welcome, however I am more leaning towards Canons and Nikons. Thank you!

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droberto wrote:

As for Nikon, I'm thinking about a D5100 with 50mm 1.8, Sigma 70-200, and a travel lens. That should total to around $1500 or $1800 with a travel lens.

Hi! I'm a Nikon shooter and the combo you just suggested would be fine for your needs (portrait and action). I just saw the tags you put in your post, you wanted an AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D? Keep in mind, that this lens ​will not​ autofocus on the D5100 because the body does not have an autofocus motor built-in. You may want to look at the AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G ​ if you want autofocus!

As for the D5100, it's the best you can get for today's very low price! If you plan on getting a Nikon, then I suggest sticking with a D5100 for a body (should the price remain low) and get the 50mm f/1.8 lens you want.

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Canon cropbody and 17-55 or 15-85 is a nice combo with the 70-200.

The Hague 70-200 f4

Canon 50mm 1.8mkII

Canon 15-85

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I wouldn't completely dismiss the kit lenses. They have good IQ and you can get both for well under $300. Nice to have in the collection. But that said - the 50mm 1.8 can take some really great photos and I love it, but it's rubbish really. Poor focus and dismal build quality. But it has the same thing going for it - good IQ for low dollars.

Since you want portraits and action you are going to want something faster, like an 85mm, or get a tamron 90mm on a budget. but a fast sports lens might cost a bit.

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I suggest you could get a nikon D3200. It is similarly priced to the D5100 but is smaller and lighter. In my opinion, the d3200 has a slight edge over the d5100.

For the portrait lens, you could go with the sigma 35mm F1.4. I suggest getting one of those 35mm for their wider view cos if you need larger images you have your other lens or you could easily walk closer to the subject. From my experience this is useful, rather than carrying a 85mm lens and having to move further away from objects.

An action lens if you really want quality you could get a tamron 70 200 F2.8 Di vc usd and give the overall lens a skip Should be good after what I see in its recent 24-70 F2.8. Or oelse you could do with the sigmas.

A good super zoom lens can be the sigma 18- 250. Its 'macro' can be useful at times.

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Kokeen4231 wrote:

I suggest you could get a nikon D3200. It is similarly priced to the D5100 but is smaller and lighter. In my opinion, the d3200 has a slight edge over the d5100.

For the portrait lens, you could go with the sigma 35mm F1.4. I suggest getting one of those 35mm for their wider view cos if you need larger images you have your other lens or you could easily walk closer to the subject. From my experience this is useful, rather than carrying a 85mm lens and having to move further away from objects.

An action lens if you really want quality you could get a tamron 70 200 F2.8 Di vc usd and give the overall lens a skip Should be good after what I see in its recent 24-70 F2.8. Or oelse you could do with the sigmas.

A good super zoom lens can be the sigma 18- 250. Its 'macro' can be useful at times.

Cheers.

I don't know if Tamron upgraded their 70-200 2.8 but the one I reviewed is optically very good the only negative is that AF hunted in low light. The old Sigma  had some serious CA, the new version appears to be a lot better.

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Right now you can get the T3i with 18-135 and 55-250 lens for $999. Add the Canon PIXMA Pro 9000 mark II printer and get a $400 rebate. This makes your total cost about $900 after rebate. That leaves room for a 50mm 1.8 to stay around $1000. You can easily sell the printer and 55-250 lens to fund a better long zoom.

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Kokeen4231 wrote:

I suggest you could get a nikon D3200. It is similarly priced to the D5100 but is smaller and lighter. In my opinion, the d3200 has a slight edge over the d5100.

Then again, you lose Exposure Bracketing if you pick the D3200 over the D5100, but you gain the newer Expeed 3 processor.

Not sure if the OP would need the Bracketing feature though as a bonus feature when he/she wants to try out HDR photography, since he/she will mostly do action and portraits.

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ErikkaSmith wrote:

droberto wrote:

As for Nikon, I'm thinking about a D5100 with 50mm 1.8, Sigma 70-200, and a travel lens. That should total to around $1500 or $1800 with a travel lens.

Hi! I'm a Nikon shooter and the combo you just suggested would be fine for your needs (portrait and action). I just saw the tags you put in your post, you wanted an AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D? Keep in mind, that this lens ​will not​ autofocus on the D5100 because the body does not have an autofocus motor built-in. You may want to look at the AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G ​ if you want autofocus!

As for the D5100, it's the best you can get for today's very low price! If you plan on getting a Nikon, then I suggest sticking with a D5100 for a body (should the price remain low) and get the 50mm f/1.8 lens you want.

Great! And I made a mistake I meant to tag the 1.8G. Thank you!

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