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post #3676 of 18150

Few months back I was in the market for purchasing a new Camera to use for eBay and the growing Family.

I ended up speaking with a few SF'ers and getting their opinions on what they use. And thanks to their feedback

I wound up purchasing the Nikon D5200, and shoot with the 18-55 kit lens

 

 

My natural lighting is terrible for where I shoot, so I ended up getting an sb600 external Flash to compensate for lack of natural light exposure.

Eventually, I'd love to set up proper lighting to shoot under.

post #3677 of 18150
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Originally Posted by Snoogz View Post

Few months back I was in the market for purchasing a new Camera to use for eBay and the growing Family.

I ended up speaking with a few SF'ers and getting their opinions on what they use. And thanks to their feedback

I wound up purchasing the Nikon D5200, and shoot with the 18-55 kit lens

 

 

My natural lighting is terrible for where I shoot, so I ended up getting an sb600 external Flash to compensate for lack of natural light exposure.

Eventually, I'd love to set up proper lighting to shoot under.

+1 The 5000 series has a few nice features (screen that flips out), etc. If its just for ebay I'd save the $ and get the 3000 and invest in a flash or lighting. The sb600 is great as well. Both the 3000 and 5000 are really way more then you need to have crisp clean ebay photos

post #3678 of 18150
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Originally Posted by Brianpore View Post

+1 The 5000 series has a few nice features (screen that flips out), etc. If its just for ebay I'd save the $ and get the 3000 and invest in a flash or lighting. The sb600 is great as well. Both the 3000 and 5000 are really way more then you need to have crisp clean ebay photos


Yea I agree Brian, In fact you helped me with the decision of the purchase.

But the reason I did end up going for the 5200 was merely for the fact that I use the camera for family photos just as often as probably do with eBay.

Its a great easy to use system, that is not overly complicated when needing to fiddle with it.

 

 

I am pleased with my sb600 purchase!  Its greatly increased my photography outcomes, but I'm not 100% satisfied yet!

I really want to figure out a lighting system.  It hurts to think about what lighting system to use, or invest it.  So many options, so many opinions...

post #3679 of 18150

Way OT but for you Nikon DSLR (DX) users, if you ever want an inexpensive, fantastically sharp and fast lens, look no further than the Nikon 35mm f/1.8 prime. While it is not a zoom, it will work great for product type shots as your subject is static. What makes the 35/1.8 so appealing & versatile is that it even works well as an impromptu portrait lens as its focal length comes in right around 50mm (if you aren't full frame) and you can take advantage of that huge f/1.8 aperture.

 

At $200, it's a tremendous value. It's also so small, it makes for a super lightweight package for those of you with the small camera bodies.

 

For reference, I will spoiler a variety of examples from quick family/kid portraits to product shots.

 

Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

 

 

These are virtually un-processed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

1000

 

 

 

 

 

Obviously you wouldn't always want that blurred background for your product/ebay shots but this $200 lens give you the option of shooting at f/11 or f/18 for your ebay studio and later using it wide open (f/1.8-2.8) in low light or for kids that don't stand still. It's a small investment with a huge payoff.

 

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/606792-USA/Nikon_2183_AF_S_Nikkor_35mm_f_1_8G.html


Edited by patrick_b - 6/29/13 at 1:29pm
post #3680 of 18150
I own that 35mm lens
It's fantastic
post #3681 of 18150
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I own that 35mm lens
It's fantastic

I own the 35mm lens also and like it, just not for ebay shooting. I like the ease of the zoom when you need to shoot labels or buttons or fabric textures.

post #3682 of 18150
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Originally Posted by Brianpore View Post

I own the 35mm lens also and like it, just not for ebay shooting. I like the ease of the zoom when you need to shoot labels or buttons or fabric textures.

 

+1, I agree on all points.  The 35mm is excellent, but not for eBay.

The ease of the zoom is a necessity to me.

post #3683 of 18150

What lens do you guys use? I have a Canon Rebel with the standard EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens, as well as EF-S 55-250mm f/4.0-5.6 IS. I know absolutely nothing about photography, are these enough to take decent pictures?

 

post #3684 of 18150
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I have a Nikon D3100 DSLR and use the standard 18-55mm lens and LOVE it. Not a point and shoot though but will do what you need AND more if you want in the future.

 

1st thing that came up in ebay search (did not look more then 2 seconds). Something like this.

 

Me too!

Odd timing with all this photography talk. I just dropped about 500 on lighting (bulbs, light boxes, reflectors), trying to dial it all in now.  Bought one of those wifi SD cards too, pretty neat, I'm having it send to my ipad, so it comes up on the ipad screen about 10 seconds after the shot.  Hoping to dramatically improve my photography game.  I improved my lighting so much I had to take my backdrop down and wash it, because now you can see how dirty it is.  It's in the dryer right now, gee can't wait to iron about 100sqft of sheet.plain.gif

post #3685 of 18150
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Originally Posted by concealed View Post

need a point and shoot camera recommendation, ideally $350-$450... thinking Canon G15....?

Just something solid for taking ebay pics

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Originally Posted by Brianpore View Post

I have a Nikon D3100 DSLR and use the standard 18-55mm lens and LOVE it. Not a point and shoot though but will do what you need AND more if you want in the future.

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Originally Posted by Shoeluv View Post

What lens do you guys use? I have a Canon Rebel with the standard EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens, as well as EF-S 55-250mm f/4.0-5.6 IS. I know absolutely nothing about photography, are these enough to take decent pictures?

I have the REbel T3, which is a slightly older model. Got a good deal on it and used some holiday money. I love it, and it changed a lot about the selling process for me. I was damn near ready to give up because my Sony point and shoot took simply awful pictures. This allowed me to do almost a 180. Caveat that I use the standard lens and basically either the flash-less automatic or the full automatic setting 100% of the time. As long as there is adequate natural light, the pictures meet my needs. Not Ansel Adams, but they don't really need to be, do they.
post #3686 of 18150
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Originally Posted by txwoodworker View Post

Me too!

Odd timing with all this photography talk. I just dropped about 500 on lighting (bulbs, light boxes, reflectors), trying to dial it all in now.  Bought one of those wifi SD cards too, pretty neat, I'm having it send to my ipad, so it comes up on the ipad screen about 10 seconds after the shot.  Hoping to dramatically improve my photography game.  I improved my lighting so much I had to take my backdrop down and wash it, because now you can see how dirty it is.  It's in the dryer right now, gee can't wait to iron about 100sqft of sheet.plain.gif

Please enlighten us on your lighting system!

Wife and I just purchased a new house, escrow closes end of July.


So on that note, I have a dedicated eBay room and am hoping to have enough room to set up a fantastic lighting / picture area!

post #3687 of 18150
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Originally Posted by Shoeluv View Post

What lens do you guys use? I have a Canon Rebel with the standard EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens, as well as EF-S 55-250mm f/4.0-5.6 IS. I know absolutely nothing about photography, are these enough to take decent pictures?
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Originally Posted by GMMcL View Post

I have the REbel T3, which is a slightly older model. Got a good deal on it and used some holiday money. I love it, and it changed a lot about the selling process for me. I was damn near ready to give up because my Sony point and shoot took simply awful pictures. This allowed me to do almost a 180. Caveat that I use the standard lens and basically either the flash-less automatic or the full automatic setting 100% of the time. As long as there is adequate natural light, the pictures meet my needs. Not Ansel Adams, but they don't really need to be, do they.

I'm on Canon too. I actually have quite a lot of $$ invested in lenses, but if you're just starting out and want to move away from the kit lens, the 50mm 1.8 is a great little lens for $110 that will allow you to isolate your subject and blur the background by opening up the aperture. http://www.amazon.com/Canon-50mm-1-8-Camera-Lens/dp/B00007E7JU

Most of the time when you are shooting a still subject (like for eBay) you want to shoot in Aperture mode, which allows you to control the depth of field. Decide how much you'd like to isolate the subject from the background and change the aperture and your distance to the subject accordingly. The Peterson "Understanding Exposure" book is one of the best around for covering the basics and getting away from shooting in auto: http://www.amazon.com/Understanding-Exposure-3rd-Edition-Photographs/dp/0817439390

Shoot in RAW if you can and then import into a program like Lightroom. LR 5 just came out so you don't have to worry about it becoming obsolete anytime soon. You can keyword tag your pics and it has a very powerful but fairly easy to learn Develop module for editing. It's really a fantastic piece of software and a few simple edits (crop, white balance, exposure, contrast, etc) will make a huge difference in your pics. Here's a link, get the standalone version, don't commit to Creative Cloud unless you're really sure that's what you want. http://www.adobe.com/products/photoshop-lightroom.html
post #3688 of 18150
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Originally Posted by Snoogz View Post

Please enlighten us on your lighting system!

Wife and I just purchased a new house, escrow closes end of July.


So on that note, I have a dedicated eBay room and am hoping to have enough room to set up a fantastic lighting / picture area!

 

 

 I'm also looking to upgrade at some point in the near future... I currently am using Canon Speedlite EX430 II on a Rebel T4i with an older 28-70 Canon zoom (I think I bought it with my Elan 7 system back in the day). This works fairly well, but I want a bit more consistency in my lighting... I shoot entirely in manual mode for product photography.

post #3689 of 18150

For eBay, I second Canon.  DSLR.  I have 4 Canon's for digital, different uses - for eBay I use my EOS Rebel XTI.  These are only 5,000 different Canon models; I wouldn't go with a point-and-shoot for eBay, I'd go DSLR.  

post #3690 of 18150
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Originally Posted by concealed View Post

need a point and shoot camera recommendation, ideally $350-$450... thinking Canon G15....?

Just something solid for taking ebay pics



Concealed, the G15 is a great camera for someone looking for a point and shoot. I've seen some great photos from it and is a great value for what it offers. It can be used fine for eBay but to get the best pictures you will definitely need to get the right settings.

The consensus of using a DSLR may be the right way, but the G15 has a great lens which helps it to stand out. Mentioned above are guys praising the 35mm f1.8 lens, and when it comes down to it the zoom lens on the G15 is f1.8-2.8 (if i remember right) so its ability to get some great depth of field even while zoomed in shouldn't be an issue.

I used to use a DSLR but now just use a P&S. But with all cameras, it a bit subjective. Just my 2cents.
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