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zetra
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« on: March 04, 2009, 02:01:28 PM »
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Hi folks, if the reason to shoot the nature is for calendar with dimension 30 x 40 cm. what kind of camera you will choose (the budget is around $4000):
1.   Some kind DSLR (Nikon, Canon, Olympus, Sony)
2.   Large Format
3.   Hasselblad 501CM (503)

or maybe something other…
The quality is most important and the calendar will be printed on high quality offset print machine.

I humbly challenge your professional opinion.
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« Reply #1 on: March 04, 2009, 03:03:35 PM »
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More information would be helpful.  Is the $4000 budget only for a camera body, or does it also include lenses, tripod and other gear?  If you need to get everything for $4000, you'll probably have to buy used at least some used gear.

Paul
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« Reply #2 on: March 04, 2009, 03:26:25 PM »
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More information would be helpful.  Is the $4000 budget only for a camera body, or does it also include lenses, tripod and other gear?  If you need to get everything for $4000, you'll probably have to buy used at least some used gear.

Paul
The budget of $4000 is only for camera body and one wide lens for the beginning. They could be used.
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« Reply #3 on: March 04, 2009, 03:31:12 PM »
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I own neither.  But something like the Sony A900 w/ 24-70 or Canon 5D mk II w/ 24mm might be the way to go.  Certainly enough to cover that print size with rez to spare.
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« Reply #4 on: March 04, 2009, 04:03:31 PM »
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12 inches x 16 inches (30x40 cm) is no stretch of the capability of all the gear you mention. Even 35 mm film would suffice if drum scanned.

I would suggest large format is overkill. Medium format film is a dying medium and any of the better prosumer digitals would work well.

Lots of choices.

Pick your poison. A Nikon D300 or Canon 50D would perform quite nicely leaving you money for optics, etc.

bob
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« Reply #5 on: March 05, 2009, 03:09:52 PM »
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12 inches x 16 inches (30x40 cm) is no stretch of the capability of all the gear you mention. Even 35 mm film would suffice if drum scanned.

I would suggest large format is overkill. Medium format film is a dying medium and any of the better prosumer digitals would work well.

Lots of choices.

Pick your poison. A Nikon D300 or Canon 50D would perform quite nicely leaving you money for optics, etc.

bob

I will second Bob's suggestion.   I routinely print Nikon D300 images at 16x20 inches, with outstanding results.  In fact, I have two 16x20 prints on exhibition now that were taken with a 10 MP Nikon D200.  If I were you I would get a decent prosumer body and some good glass.
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« Reply #6 on: March 05, 2009, 07:55:43 PM »
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If I were you I would get a decent prosumer body and some good glass.

Second that (third that?). Even the sensor in a cheap Canon Rebel will get you to 12x16 easily these days; I'd recommend you skimp on the body and splurge on the glass.
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« Reply #7 on: March 05, 2009, 10:11:08 PM »
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Canon 5D MarkII + 24-70L, a tripod, some filters, i am sure with that you will do amazing landscapes that you will never expect, i was shooting landscapes in New Zealand my last trip with 1DsIII + 24-105L, i won in a locally competition with one of my NZ shots, and we did a gallery in our photography club about Landscapes and all the shots were printed on A3+ size [i think 13x19] and my photos were amazing and some another shots taken by 10-21mp cameras [not all were in good quailty could be the photographer settings].

Good luck!
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« Reply #8 on: March 05, 2009, 10:26:03 PM »
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Depending on future usage of the equipment, I would either buy a Canon 5D MkII or a Nikon D700 (for the advantage of having full frame for the wide shots) and rather than a 24-70, I would go with the 17-40 f4L for canon, or a similar Nikon lens. If it is pretty much for a one time use, I would be tempted to buy a rebel (you could get a 50D, but for the job you mention there wouldnt be much advantage apart from build quality,  unless you want to crop an image severely)and the 10-22mm lens. I am sure Nikon would have a similar lens and body if you wanted to go with Nikon. You could also buy a nice longer lens (or 2) for other landscape opportunities that a wide angle may not suit, perhaps a 50mm 1.4 or 1.8, and the likes of a Canon 70-200f4.
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