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Equipment

Hey all,

    After a couple year hiatus from making 360 tours I want to get back in the game. I have a nikon coolpix 5400 which by now is old news and makes less than stellar tours. I want to upgrade my equipment so I can make Hi Def tours. What camera and lense do you recommend? Also what rotator are you using? I try to search on google but I get lost in thousands of nonsense websites,
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Welcome back..
Here's a link to a thread that goes indepth about Cameras -- take a look
Detailed info on Cameras / Lenses etc...
Lee Scott - Nikon D3/D300/D5000 - |shaved Nikkor 10.5 mm| Manfrotto 055XPROB tripod /322RC2 Grip - Mrotator TCS |CS5 | PW7 & TW6.5 Pro
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I'll happily offer you my advise if you let me know what brand takes your fancy and why?

I'm not a brand snob and will offer you pros and cons of both (majors) and do my best with those outside of Canon and Nikon.

Regards, Smooth [8D]


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Thanks Leescott, I will take a look at the link.

Smooth, I have only really used Nikon products. I have no reason's, thats what I have just ended up with. If you know of something better let me know.

edit: I should also add that I am looking for the most inexpensive options then I can go up from there. I am back in school now to am am pretty much the epitome of "broke college student". All this equipment will be purchased with a credit card (and hopefully paid off quickly with some VT jobs).
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Hmm, From that link leesccott posted. It looks like the Nikon D5000 and the Sigma 8mm or Samyang 8mm would be the most inexpensive options.
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As you can see I use the D300 w/ the Nikkor 10.5 Fisheye lense,( Ihave a D5000 as my secondary shooter. But I started out with the Sigma 8.mm and still have it
I can save you some cash if you want to buy it for $600 regular price is $899 see the link here to B&B Photo Sigma 8mm EX DG Fisheye Lense
Nothing wrong with the lense just sitting here in a drawer in it's case. I'm about to put it on ebay
Just a thought
And the link I posted was tons of info from Smooth and he has helped me tremendously with tutoring and I have gotten so much better

Let me know
Lee
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Thanks for the offer. let me think about it today. Do you have any links of VT's you have made with the Nikon D5000 and Sigma 8.mm that I can look at?


How would this camera work (Nikon D3100) with the Sigma 8.mm?
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Here's a couple of links
D300 with Sigma Lense D300 and Sigma lense

D5000 Quick shoot just now on Auto D5000 w/ Sigma

Smooth can probably answer the D3100 question , but it's not to far off from the D5000
Lee Scott - Nikon D3/D300/D5000 - |shaved Nikkor 10.5 mm| Manfrotto 055XPROB tripod /322RC2 Grip - Mrotator TCS |CS5 | PW7 & TW6.5 Pro
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These tours were both shot with the sigma lense? It seems like the D300 took a sharper image.
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The D5000 was a quick shoot today outside my house, I'll shoot another set.

The D300 is a superior camera to the D5000 I have it as a backup but primarily shoot with the D300
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ahh ok, then I would rather get the D300, That D3100 seems like a step up from the d300. I may get tha 3100 with the sigma lense. Then I would need to look into a new tripod and rotator... fun fun

That Nikkor 10.5mm looks like it's about the same price as the sigma. How much better is the Nikkor?