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    what is the best camera to start for
    filming and making photos ?

    price range 1200 €

    thanks !!



    Any “entry level” DSLR is going to be a good camera these days. My advice is to visit camera shops, hold the various models, and pick the one that feels good in your hands. Also be sure to budget for accessories. In particular, get a cheap & cheerful 35mm or 50mm prime lens as a second lens, rather than the telephoto zoom they try to sell you as part of a two-lens kit.

    Beyond that, what lenses, lighting gear, and other stuff you want to get depends on precisely just what kind of photos & video you want to make.

    My own starting kit was Nikon D90 with 18-105mm kit lens, 35mm f/1.8 DX prime lens, SB600 speedlight (which I quickly realized was a mistake and traded in for an SB700), extra battery, extra memory cards, camera bag, and a few minor bits & pieces. I also quickly picked up some studio strobes. I knew I wanted to do whole-body stills (no video) indoors with off-camera flash or in not-so-bright ambient light.



    thanks !!

    i get an offer for a used canon
    5d mk2 (48000) with a 24-105 L 4IS
    for 1400 €.

    i think i will take them.




    there’s not really 1 answer to this, everyone has their own opinion and there’s a big spit between Nikon and Canon.

    Personally I’m a Canon man and I was going to suggest an EOS 7D as a good all-purpose dSLR, however the EOS 5D II you mention is an even better bet. Excellent camera.

    As sablesword says, dont spend all your cash on a camera as its just the tip of the iceberg. I’d suggest a speedlight flash unit and a reflector are important.

    The most important thing you need to get good results is not a better camera, its a myth that expensive camera kit = better results, it REALLY doesn’t. What you need is training and experience. If you are interested in type images then get yourself to a training / groupshoot day at your local studio and I guarantee it will be money well spent. I’ve seen many examples of someone with an educated eye using a crappy camera to faaaar better results than a muppet with camera kit worth the same as a small car in the same situation. Such days are also fun.

    Your proposed camera kit is excellent, maybe too good. That full-frame sensor works brilliantly with 50mm (f1.4) prime lens and they’re not even expensive!

    Have fun!




    thanks for the great help !!



    As Merlin and Sablesword say- a decent SLR, a 24-105 lens, then add a 50 mm f/1.4 and a speedlight flash unit and reflector sound like an excellent initial kit.

    The second thing I’d buy would be a couple of extra flash units- either speedlights you can remote trigger via the on-camera unit, or a couple of cheap and cheerful studio flash units. Once you’ve got past a certain basic capability in your camera and lens combo, it’s all about the lighting.

    The 5D Mark II is an awesome camera. It takes great stills and it’s video capabilities kick-started the whole dSLR video revolution. Merlin and I have used our friend Steve’s 5D Mark II on RE shoots and can thoroughly recommend it.

    Cheers, Hywel

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