After 3 days of trawling around the internet looking for the best buys for my needs, I am still totally unsure of what I should be going for.
So far, I am almost decided on a Canon 550D but only because I haven't really researched the rest.
Hopefully you can help me with a shopping list for body and lens for a first time DSLR owner?
The camera will be used primarily and most importantly for hair/beauty style shots. My partner is a successful hairstylist and we need to capture our own work, as well as that shown at catwalk shows and competitions. I need a result that shows the high detail and intricacy of every single hair within a style. Our own shots will be mostly head / full face shots rather than full body shots. The results might be submitted for publishing to hair magazines, and will almost certainly be used in house for the salon PR materials. I know this might sound stupid, but I need a lens that is
able to capture every stray hair! I'm definitely not looking for a "Vaselined lens" portrait result.
When not using the camera at catwalk shows or for portrait work, it will be used for capturing salon interiors, photos of family (and their pets) and general use.
Where I'm at right now
Swaying towards the Canon 550D with a 18-135mm lens. From my very limited understanding (following the tutorials from this site) I could reduce the F-Stop and zoom in to get great detail on hair/beauty shots without distortion (something about being 15ft away???). But I'm worried I might have this wrong and I might lose the crystal clear clarity that I am looking for with the individual strands of hair within the hairstyle.
Below are some photos we took at the most recent catwalk event to give you some idea of the events we are trying to capture (and the lack of detail we are currently getting from our Canon Powershot A470 Point and Click)