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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 01-17-2009, 10:27 AM Thread Starter
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Getting more into my dream/hobby

Now that I no longer work for myself, essentially, I find I have a lot more free time which I REALLY like. One of my hobbies has always been photography and videography. I've taken some classes recently, and probably will take a couple more of them, on both photo and video shooting.

I'd like to invest in some good equipment. I am looking at the following:

Nikon D700 for stills
Sony HDR-FX100 for video. (I was thinking of going to the pro line, but this one seems to have all the features I would need.)

I've played a lot witht eh D700 and love it.

Here are my questions to those who have been at it a while:

If you were to suggest 4 lenses for the Nikon to cover a wide range of shots, what would they be and why? Most of my photos will be at the track, or at party/events that I am attending. Some vacation shots as well. Indoors and outdoors.

Flash. What flash do you guys like to use? I see the remote flashes, but not sure if I need something that fancy. Mainly looking at taking photos at weddings and other events I am attending but want great quality.

For photo editing, I have Photoshop CS3. I assume that is still the top of the food chain. I would probably like to take a class or two on it...

For video, what do you guys use for video editing ont he computer? I have Macs and PCs. I am interested in some intermediate editing as well as creating slide shows that have music, stills, and video...

What other supplies are essential? I know bags and tripods, but what else do you guys find valuable when you are out taking photos?

Any popular sites/discussion boards I should go to as well?

Thanks all!

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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 01-17-2009, 10:42 AM
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50mm f/1.4 or the f/1.8
17-55 f/2.8
70-200mm f/2.8

SB-800 flash

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I'm wondering about video editing software as well. I just picked up a Sony HDR-SR12.

CS3 is fine if you know how to use it, I barely scratch the surface cause I am not into digital illustrations.
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Read some reviews on that FX 1 or 100 or whatever it is first... not many people are happy.
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Adobe Premiere Pro, and After effects make for a excellent video editing package. If you are familiar with CS3 then you should do ok learning the new programs. I'd highly recommend getting a beginners book or taking a class as they can be kind of difficult to get started. There are other tools if you want to do other post production work like dvd covers etc. None of its cheap, but you seem to want the best. http://www.adobe.com/products/premiere/
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I use iMovie and FC Pro on the mac... sometimes both depending on what I am doing... when I am working with simultaneous feeds or camera angles of the same performance I use FCPro to sync them up and work out the timings and scene cuts, then I throw it all back into iMovie just because I like the simplicity more when at that stage.

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Clearly with this new Hobby you need less distractions. You should probably give me your 848 so you can focus your attention on this hobby and not short change yourself.




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D700 is nice. I like the D300 for the crop factor and getting a bit more range out of the lenses. So for a D300 a 17-55 will do and for a D700 the 24-70 will get you the same focal ranges. You also get more pull from the 70-200 on the D300.

So for the D700 I'd probably roll with lenses like...

Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8
Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 (personally if you got the cash I'd love the Nikkor 200-400mm f/4)
Nikkor 85mm f/1.4

Then as a final choice maybe something either wide angle or macro such as the Micro-NIKKOR 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED
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Since you are looking at a FX dslr...
70-200 2.8 (get a 2x TC also to get out to 400 for track shots)
85 1.4 (portraits)
24-70 2.8 (if you cant find its predecessor the 28-70 aka The Beast)
17-35 2.8 (wide angle)
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vegas is a nice program for video editing
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Since you are looking at a FX dslr...
70-200 2.8 (get a 2x TC also to get out to 400 for track shots)
85 1.4 (portraits)
24-70 2.8 (if you cant find its predecessor the 28-70 aka The Beast)
17-35 2.8 (wide angle)
Yea go ahead and copy me, that's fine
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Yea go ahead and copy me, that's fine


But you didnt put in the 17-35
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You'll want to get adobe lightroom for the photo developing, and it's one click to then edit the photo in photoshop. Also a good noise reduction plugin for photoshop.

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