I have a question about cameras & I hope someone can help me. I need a camera for photographing finished paintings to start web site, portfolios & prints, for taking reference photos of portraits, still life and nature… After reading a lot, I am a bit confused what to buy.
1st option: Nikon D5200 with 18-105VR lens (with decent zoom) for the cost of apr. 600$, OR Nikon D5200 body with PRIME lens AF-S DX NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G (as they are praised a lot for giving sharper picture, less grainy and distorted, great portraits, nice results in low lighting & with the ring you can even reverse the lens to get the makro) for the cost of apr. 700$. Any comment? Will I realy miss the zoom with prime lens? I know that having only ONE lens will not be optimal for portraits, landscapes, still life & macro, but the budget is tight & both choices are very pricey for me now. Which lens is better for painters?
2nd option: good compact camera with: raw & manual options, a 3'' viewfinder, optical zoom & threaded ring around the zoom lens for adapter, to add special filter lens to camera. I am sure there are some great artists who use good compacts instead of DSLR. Which camera & which lens would you recomend for max. 400$? I think the size and weight of these cameras would be better for my hands, but I gues these 2 things are the only advantages over DSLRs?
Thank you truly.