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Old 11-09-2008, 08:40 AM
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Which camera is best for Building Shot

Hi guy,

Which camera do you recommend for a building close shot. I mean from near to cover the tall building vertically.
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Old 11-09-2008, 08:46 AM
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Re: Which camera is best for Building Shot

My budget is 10,000 dollor approx
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Old 11-09-2008, 10:54 AM
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Re: Which camera is best for Building Shot

Generally, any camera with a shift lens.
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Old 11-09-2008, 10:58 AM
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Re: Which camera is best for Building Shot

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Generally, any camera with a shift lens.
Thank you Doug for your help. I was thinking for a wide lens. But I need a shift lens
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Old 11-09-2008, 11:45 AM
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Re: Which camera is best for Building Shot

With that kind of budget, almost anything.

-I would sugest a full frame camera, as there is no crop factor (ie zoom, 50mm is now a 75mm, 1.5 crop factor)

-As you are not short on cash, I would say
---Nikon
-----D3 ($5k)
------ 12.1mp, 51-point AF, 9fps, iso 6400 (low noise)
or
-----D700 ($3k)
------ 12.1mp, 51-point AF, 5fps, iso 6400 (low noise), Self cleaning sensor

---Canon
-----EOS-1Ds Mark lll ($7k)
------ 21.1mp, 19 +26(assist?) AF, 5fps, iso 3600 , Self cleaning sensor
or
-----EOS 5D Mark ll ($3.5k)
------ 21.1mp, 9 +6(assist?) AF, 3.9fps, iso 6400, Self cleaning sensor

LENS NOT INCLUDED ON ANY OF THE ABOVE

Just remember the mp(mega pixles) are not everything, unless you are going to print huge huge, but a very good lower mp camra can still produce better pictures that can be blown up.

Personaly, I think the lens you buy is more important then the camra. Buildings have alot of hard lines, so distortion must be very low to none, unless you want that effect. Also, hard lines produce CA's (chromatic abrrations) so make sure they are low. lastly, keep in mind The resolution (MTF), as the higher the value, the better the output image.

Go here to research lenses

I perfer Nikon because its more user friendly, and their lenses are known for quality.

WHAT I WOULD DO

Nikon D700, Nikkor AF-S 14-24mm f/2.8 G ED N, Nikkor AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8G ED, PC-E Nikkor tilt 24mm f/3.5D ED Manual Focus Lens (as per the other sugestion), good tripod

Total cost: $8,000

Optional: Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8D VR G-AFS ED-IF

total cost: about $10,000

Other thoughts:
With this set up you can go from 14-200mm, but with building photography you may only need the 14-70mm.
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Old 11-09-2008, 12:22 PM
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Re: Which camera is best for Building Shot

For the very best result, one should use a "view camera" similar to the one pictured here:

http://www.calumetphoto.com/item/CC4020K1/

They are available in several formats and there is one available that will take a medium foremat digital back, but that would be above your budget.
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Old 11-09-2008, 01:03 PM
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Re: Which camera is best for Building Shot

Mamiya RZ Professional Pro II "D" Camera Body

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Mamiya ZD Digital Camera Back 22mp ($7k)

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Mamiya Super Wide Angle 50mm f/4.5 ULD Lens for RZ67

=$11,000 , close but over budjet

I have herd many many great things about digital backs, and I wish to have one myself, but they are just not as versitile as a digital SLR.
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Old 11-09-2008, 03:31 PM
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Re: Which camera is best for Building Shot

Don't forget a good tripod.
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Old 11-09-2008, 04:29 PM
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Re: Which camera is best for Building Shot

Rent View Camera+ Lens + DB or polaroid+ some film+tripod - only if you know how to use it...
Best regards,
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Old 11-10-2008, 04:15 AM
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Re: Which camera is best for Building Shot

It's better to have FF camera because you dont have crop factor
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