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| p.1 #1 · How should I invest my $1000 |
I am new to the forum. I have decision to make and would like to hear from professional and expert here.
I got about $1000 from my tax return and would like to upgrade my photography equipment . This $1000 is very precious to me and cannot afford trial and error (Im also a student). So, any advice would be greatly appreciated.
A little bit about me. I am an armature. I take mostly landscape picture, cityscape, and a little bit of street picture. I want my picture to look artistic and all of my picture will be present on webpage, will not be printing any time soon. And Im shooting RAW and use Photoshop CS5 and LR 4.4
Currently, I am using D90 with 18-200mm, 85mm, 50mm, and 11-16mm lens. My computer has only 4 gig of RAM, regular SATA hard drive, cheap monitor, and 512 GTX 460.
I have been thinking how should I spend this money wisely and come up with these options:
In my opinion, Monitor is very important for post processing . I donít want to spend hours of editing and picture shows up differently to other people. Also , I would like to train my eyes to see color and produce photo with accurate color.
- NEC PA241WBK BHphoto $750
- Upgrade hard drive to SSD $150
- Upgrade RAM to 16 gig $150
Total of $1050
I wont have enough money to buy color calibration hardware and software anytime soon. I hope I can trust this NEC monitor out of the box according to my research, but not sure if Im right. Please advice.
- Dell U2410 $370
- Spyder 4 Pro $150
- SSD $150
- RAM $150
Total of $820
I know that U2410 is inconsistent with color and have problem with color tint and pixel. I want to spend more on NEC PA241WBK so I donít have to deal with calibration problem and hopefully NEC is last longer.
I want a full frame camera. I find D90 is noisy even with ISO 200 and most of my picture is long exposure. With that money and a little bit more I can get Canon 5D mark II or D700 used.
- $1200 - $1500
Save up for lens. I know that lens are more important that camera but nice lens are expensive.
I prefer option 1. I believe using PA241WBK will help me improve how I look at color over U2410. I know Im not going to be great photographer with good monitor, but training my eyes with accurate color monitor is a first step in my opinion.
Im open for any suggestion advise. Also. I am sure there are better options that I dont know
Thank you in advance,