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Old 11-05-2012, 01:15 PM
 
Location: Atlanta
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I'm in the market for a DSLR; I will be shooting mostly food and portraits of people...any suggestions on cameras/lenses?
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Old 11-05-2012, 01:51 PM
 
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nikon d7000 + a fast prime like the 85mm 1.8 D
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Old 11-05-2012, 04:36 PM
 
Location: On the banks of the St Johns River
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I'm in the market for a DSLR; I will be shooting mostly food and portraits of people...any suggestions on cameras/lenses?
What's your budget? What do you like to shoot?
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Old 11-05-2012, 06:18 PM
 
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What's your budget? What do you like to shoot?
Up to around $2k-ish

I like to shoot food and people (street shots and portraits)...
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Old 11-05-2012, 07:57 PM
 
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The DSLR you choose is practically insignificant. The important thing is to have fast lenses that create a smoothly blurred background and soft bokeh.

The 85mm 1.8 targetisb2011 recommended is a great lens for food photography (and portraits as well).

Playing around, I shot this with an ancient Canon 10D and a forty year old Vivitar Series 1 70-210mm F3.5 lens. I shot it at the widest aperture F3.5, and carefully focused to make the label of the bottle as sharp as possible. The creamy background blur and bokeh (round out-of-focus) highlights are easy to create with fast lenses. Even a basic 50mm F1.8 prime is excellent for food photography. Both Canon and Nikon make an inexpensive 50mm F1.8 lens.

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Old 11-05-2012, 08:15 PM
 
Location: On the banks of the St Johns River
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I'd suggest the Nikon D3200 24 MP body, with the kit 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G AF-S VR DX lens for about $600 (new)
Then add a Nikon 50mm f/1.8HG AF-S FX lens for about $200 (new)
And then add the Nikon 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G AF-S VR DX lens for about $400 (new)
The prices stated are the new prices, you can save some money by buying used off of ebay, or wherever!
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Old 11-06-2012, 12:42 AM
 
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By the way, here is a great article by a food blogger who does excellent food photography. She gives great advice on choosing equipment: Food Photography for Bloggers | VeganYumYum
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