Cheap Shot Challenge: Photos Taken with Expensive Gear Recreated On a …

August 23, 2014 - photo frame

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Want to make some good photos though don’t have or don’t wish to spend a lot of money? A few days ago we posted print of a Hummingbird on my Facebook page we took with a new Nikon D810 and a 85mm 1.8. we perceived a criticism seeking me “how many income do we spend on your apparatus to get a shot like this?” Others criticism from time to time that they’d adore to get into photography though don’t have a money.

So, we thought, how tighten can we come to some of a shots we get with my Nikon D600 and a D810 with a unequivocally inexpensive used DSLR? The personal plea began.

Ebay has about 4500 Nikon D40’s and about 7000 Nikon 18–55’s listed. There are so many listed that a prices are unequivocally low. If we hunt a bit and we bid during a right time, we can get some unequivocally good inexpensive equipment. we also started meditative about a good “do many everything” lens. A lens that could take some unequivocally good portraits, macros, has some length on it, with unequivocally good bokeh, quick (f/2.8), and cheap.

I opted for a Tamron 90mm macro. I’m certain there are other choices that some would cruise better, though we went with this to fit my needs. Because a Tamron is a full support lens, it has an homogeneous focal length on a Nikon D40 of 135mm. Shopping was finished with a used Yongnou Strobe and a few other items.

Shopping list (all off e-bay):

Nikon D40 (included giveaway 2 gig memory card): $109

Nikon 18–55 $59

Used Tamron 90mm Macro:$209

Used Yongnuo YN–560 flash: $59

Used tripod: $10

Cowboy Studio Triggers: $18

Used Nikon Remote: $2.30

Used Lightstand and Umbrella: $30

Photoshop: $10/Month

Total: $506.30

In contrast, my setup for a Nikon D810 is about $7000+ with lenses, strobes, and usually what we routinely fire with. we privately picked adult all of a above apparatus so we could review some of my favorite forms of photography: Macro, Portraits and Long Exposures. we also wanted to singular myself to dual lenses for a D40. we shot all photos on Auto White Balance. we attempted to use matching focal lengths where we could. Finally, we pennyless down a cost for any shot and enclosed a shot details.

Keep in mind this is not a approach corresponding comparison of a Nikon D810 and a Nikon D40. I’m usually meddlesome in creation unequivocally a few good photos with used, aged apparatus VS a new complicated code new DSLR. Lets get into it. (Note: To see a comparisons in high-res, click on any photo).

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Long Exposures

I practiced tone on a D40 to move a blue out in a night sky. When we setup prolonged exposures with a D810, a Samyang has a tough stop to infinity. So a easy to concentration to infinity. The Nikon 18–55 does not. we had to concentration on a Moon or something else distant divided and was vacant during that a Nikon D40 with a 18–55 did this so simply in a dark. After a D40 was focused to infinity, we set a automobile concentration switch on a side of a lens to off. Both shot on M mode or manual.

Left photo: Nikon D810, Samyang 14mm f/2.8: F/2.8, ISO200, 20 Seconds
Cam, Lens, Tripod, Photoshop Cost: $3810

Right Photo: Nikon D40, Nikon 18–55 f/3.5–5.6: f/3.5 ISO200, 20 Seconds
Cam, Lens, Tripod, Photoshop Cost: $190

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Long Exposures

I combined usually a bit of sound rebate on a D40 print in Photoshop. Otherwise a photos are flattering many true out of a camera. Both shot on M mode or manual.

Left photo: Nikon D810, Samyang 14mm f/2.8: f/3.5, ISO400, 20 Seconds
Cam, Lens, Tripod, Photoshop Cost: $3810

Right Photo: Nikon D40, Nikon 18–55 f/3.5–5.6: f/3.5 ISO400, 20 Seconds
Cam, Lens, Tripod, Photoshop Cost: $190

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Macros

These photos demeanour probably matching to me. we shot both on Aperture Priority during f/10 to boost a abyss of field. we practiced a superfluity on a D40 print a bit since we shot it on a clear tone environment and wanted it to compare a tone of a D810 a bit more. we also cropped both photos utterly a bit to fill a support with a flower. Of march a D810 did furnish a lot some-more fact when zoomed in unequivocally close. However, a D40 print clarity and fact is flattering impressive.

Left photo: Nikon D810, Tamron f/2.8: f/10, ISO200,  1/500th of a second.
Cam, Lens, Tripod, Photoshop Cost: $3789

Right Photo: Nikon D40, Tamron f/2.8: f/10 ISO200, 1/640th of a second.
Cam, Lens, Tripod, Photoshop Cost: $338

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Portrait #1

I used an Alien Bee B800 (maybe 1/16th power) with a 8″ mirror on a light mount and Pixel King wireless triggers on a D810. we used a Yongnuo YN–560 peep (maybe 1/4th or 1/2 power) with a white fire by powerful and a Cowboy Studio wireless triggers on a D40. On a D40 print we reduced a superfluity and practiced light. On a D810 print we practiced contrariety and light. we cropped both photos to fill a support with a model. Both shot on M mode or manual. we shot a D810 print during 200mm and a D40 during 90mm – 135mm equivalent.

Left photo: Nikon D810, Sigma 70–200 f/2.8: f/2.8, ISO100, 1/160th of a sec
Cam, Lens, umbrella, strobe and wireless triggers, Photoshop Cost:$ 5210

Right Photo: Nikon D40, Tamron 90mm  f/2.8: f/3.2 ISO200, 1/400th of a sec
Cam, Lens, umbrella, strobe and wireless triggers, Photoshop Cost:$ 445

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Portraits – Natural Light

I brought both photos into Photoshop and practiced light, contrariety and warmth.

Left photo: Nikon D40, Tamron 90mm f/2.8: f/2.8, ISO200, 1/100th of a sec
Cam, Lens, Photoshop Cost:$ 328

Right Photo: Nikon D810, Nikon 85mm f/1.8: f/1.8, ISO400, 1/800th of a sec
Cam, Lens, Photoshop Cost:$ 3860

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Portraits – Natural Light

I brought both photos into Photoshop and practiced light, contrariety and warmth.

Left photo: Nikon D810, Nikon 85mm f/1.8: f/1.8, ISO400, 1/800th of a sec
Cam, Lens, Photoshop Cost:$ 3860

Right Photo: Nikon D40, Tamron 90mm f/2.8: f/2.8, ISO200, 1/100th of a sec
Cam, Lens, Photoshop Cost:$ 328

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Landscape/Lightning

I brought both photos into Photoshop, practiced contrast, reduced sound and practiced color. But not many – unequivocally little. Both are shot with a same focal length with honour to a sensor size. we pre-focused to forever and incited off automobile focus. we shot both during f/22 to delayed a shiver that gives me a improved possibility during capturing a lightning. Both cams were on a tripod and we usually kept attack a shiver button. we took about 75 photos before both cams prisoner a same bolt.

Left photo: Nikon D810, Tamron 24–70 /2.8: f/22 ISO200 1/10th of a sec
Cam, Lens, Tripod, Photoshop Cost:$ 3910

Right Photo: Nikon D40, Nikon 18–55 f/3.5–5.6: f/22 ISO200 1/15th of a sec
Cam, Lens, Tripod, Photoshop Cost:$ 190

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The Hummingbird Shot

The usually modifying we did was some sound rebate on a D40 shot regulating Photoshop. we shot a D40 print with a bit some-more illumination afterwards with a D810 photo.

Left photo: Nikon D810, Nikon 85mm f/1.8: Manual f/6.3, ISO800, 1/250th of a sec
Two strobes, wireless triggers, Cam, Lens, Tripod, remote, Photoshop Cost:$ 4690.00

Right Photo: Nikon D40, Tamron 90mm f/2.8: Manual f/7.1 ISO200, 1/500th of a sec
One strobe, wireless triggers, Cam, Lens, Tripod, remote, Photoshop Cost:$ 423.30

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That’s it! What do we think? Is this a explanation on “the camera doesn’t matter?” No, not really. The take divided is we can make some extraordinary photos in many any conditions though spending a lot of income – if we stay during ISO400 or below. The D40 becomes unequivocally loud during ISO800 and above. So a not unequivocally good for handheld low light photography. Finally, after all this shooting, editing, and looking and photos from both cams we satisfied a not about a income or equipment, a about removing out. It takes a lot of time to hike, expostulate setup, etc to take photos. we cruise that’s where a plea is. Just removing out and/or anticipating a time. Hope we guys enjoyed.


About a author: Brian Spencer is a hobbyist/amateur photographer vital in a southwestern United States. He doesn’t cruise himself a pro, though he enjoys roving and capturing all a beauty that is people, landscape, animals and anything that is visually stimulating. You can find some-more of his work on his blog, or by following him on Facebook, Flickr, or 500px.


Image credits: D40 and 35mm by Chewy Chua used underneath Creative Commons

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