Hi, I’m seeking advice on suitable/K.I.S.S Camera and lens combinations for close-up beauty style Portraits to showcase make-up and I’m hoping some of the knowledgeable folk on here can help point me in the right direction
From my research I will need a fairly long (85-300mm) focal length to obtain the most flattening and flattering perspective and unless I instead get a macro lens will possibly also need to invest in some extension rings for the extra close shots.
My Budget is around $2500 and I have narrowed it down to the following options.
EOS 650D + 18-135 IS STM Kit @ $1,300 plus 70-200 f4 IS @ $1,200 = total $2,500
EOS 5Dii @ $2,100 plus 85mm f1.8 @ $468 = Total $2,568
(I have been offered free, an old 28-105 EF lens that I can also use with this to give me more range)
In order of importance and usage
1. 60% Tight headshots
2. 10% eye/lip only close-up details
3. 10% head & shoulders
4. 10% video
5. 10% full length
Output suitable for :
Advertising – web, brochures, magazine and ideally posters to about AO size. Photo sharing & Contra deals
70% inside salon on tripod with good light – mostly close-ups. I have 3meters max to play with.
30% outside &/or on location, backstage and behind the scenes – hand held, mostly wider action or full length shots but also some head and shoulders too.
I'm a Smallish (5’1”) female with small hands
At beginner+ level and upgrading from a Canon Powershot SX30
I would also love to here people's thoughts on which of these commonly mentioned and slightly contradictory statements would be more valid for my situation and budget?
1. All things being equal, a superior result will be achieved using a full frame camera.
2. It is better to skimp on the camera and get the best lenses one can afford
This has been driving me somewhat nuts and while I realise either decision is certainly not life and death and that I should be able to achieve a reasonable result regardless of which one I choose, I just can’t seem to press the button for either one. I have definitely, 100% made my mind up a dozen times – and then changed it
The 650D isn’t in stock yet locally so I haven’t been able to pick it up and have a play with it, which may make a difference.
Any advice at all is appreciated.