vampyre spawn 8:04am, 10 July 2008
Hiya guys and girls,
I've been photographing for an online magazine called BrumLive and the camera I've been using is dreadful for gig photography, can any of you suggest a decent camera for around £1000... I'm a college student at the moment so I can't really afford any more... for the time being.

Tim Wilko 10 years ago
What camera are you currently using?
If it is the D80 or D40 that some of the photos in your photostream are taken with then those cameras should be fine for gig photography and you should look to invest in faster lenses.

If you aren't using a flashgun then you will want lenses with a big fixed aperture (low f number).
The Nikkor AF 50mm f/1.4 D is a good place to start at about £200.
Then you might want to look for a zoom with a fixed aperture of about f/2.8.

I've managed to get results I'm happy with using a Pentax K10 (£450 camera) and a 50-135mm f/2.8 lens. Of course if you are using a flash gun you won't have to worry about a big aperture so much. I've seen some really good gig photography from people using old D50s with pretty slow lenses and a flashgun. Of course this isn't going to be allowed at all venues.
Magic Photography 10 years ago
For a £1000 you can get a very nice DSLR.

Sony Alpha700 - About £750 body only and a 50mm 1.4 for £250
Nikon D300 - About £950 body only and a 50mm 1.8 for about £75
Canon EOS 40D - About £600 body only and a 50mm 1.8 for about £75

Go to a shop, hold these cameras in your hand, see how they feel and make your decision that way.
Something For Kate PRO 10 years ago
I'd agree with Tom Wilko - go for something like a Nikon D80 and invest in a fast lens. You don't really want to be using a flash for gig photography for a number of reasons:

1 - Flash photography isn't allowed everywhere
2 - Repeated use of a flash might distract the performer
3 - Gig photography is best when you use "natural" venue lighting to capture the gig atmosphere

You won't be able to pick up a D300 + lens for under £1000

Happy gig-snapping!

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