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Absolute Beginner! Have EOS 400D - what else do I need?
When I say absolute, I bought a Canon AE-1 about 15 years ago and through reading some books, learned a very basic idea of aperture (only learned this as at the time I was into blurring the background out of shots)..

Due to marriage and children, camera went away, but enthusiasm to pick it up again didn't. Took the AE-1 out again, only to find a number of seals has eroded and found it was expensive to repair..

To cut an already long story short, I went out and bought a EOS 400D, which came with an 18-55 lens. This is all that I have and I have no clue at all what else I need. I was trying to listen to someone else in Jessops and picked up that I will need filters (what one's I do not have a clue)..

Having spent 450 on the Camera, I will need to build up kit slowly. I will be using the Camera for most types of shot. I especially like portaits and landscapes..

Can anyone help please?.

Looking through Argos, I think that I need a 90-300 lens, case for the 400d and cleaning kit...

Comments (8)

You don't need any filters..

You need a memory card..

You already have a battery..

Except for a book or two, that's all you need in order to take hundreds of good phtographs..

After a while, you might discover that a tripod would be useful..

If you find yourself taking lots of outdoor pictures on sunny days, you might want a polarizer, but there's no need to rush. Lots to learn before that..

Depending on how you want to creat prints, you may be fine with whatever software came with the camera or what you already have on your computer, but Adobe Photoshop Elements is a great product for adjusting, editing, cropping, managing the printing of, etc. your photos..

Photoshop Elements caost about 1/8 the price of other Photoshop, and Elements is fine..

BAK..

Comment #1

Wammer wrote:.

To cut an already long story short, I went out and bought a EOS 400D,which came with an 18-55 lens. This is all that I have and I have noclue at all what else I need. I was trying to listen to someone elsein Jessops and picked up that I will need filters (what one's I donot have a clue)..

If you don't have a clue as to what filters you need, you don't need any right now..

Having spent 450 on the Camera, I will need to build up kit slowly.I will be using the Camera for most types of shot. I especially likeportaits and landscapes..

Can anyone help please?.

Nobody here can tell you what you need. (Oh, you'll get a ton of suggestions from people who think they know what you need). In reality you don't 'need' anything beyond what you have. As you develop and grow, you will decide what you want to do, and what you want to do will dictate what you need..

Looking through Argos, I think that I need a 90-300 lens, case forthe 400d and cleaning kit..

Why do you think you'll need a 90-300 lens? Why not 70-300? Or 70-200? or 100-400?.

A case is certainly a good idea as is cleaning materials..

Not trying to give you a hard time. The point is, don't get it in your head that you 'need' something just because someone else says you need it. Over time your needs will become apparent..

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Comment #2

You need everything BAK said you need. You definitely do not need a long lens at this time. What you really need is some time in which you can read your manual from cover to cover and try everything it talks about. Take notes, and take pictures. Then do it all again..

Jerryhttp://jchoate.zenfolio.com/..

Comment #3

No offence taken - I need honesty! Saved me money (well initially anyway!)..

Thanks...

Comment #4

Jerry,.

Thanks for your comments. I will crack on as is..

Richard..

Comment #5

At this stage, you do not need any purchased software either: you can download "Picasa" from the net (free), and play with that for a while. You can make prints at a Kodak of Fuji "Kiosk"...

Comment #6

I haven't read through all of the replies and my post may be redundant. If so, my apologies..

I'd suggest that you use what you have, regardless of brand, and push it to the maximum. Once that's done, you'll have a much better understanding of your needs..

As an example, if you like to shoot wide and your current lens doesn't get quite wide enough for you, you may consider something wider. This holds true with shooting long..

Basically, start with what you have invested in thus far then make buying decisions based on *your* needs and not, necessarily the needs or desires of others..

I tend to shoot wide to normal. Had I listened to some recommendations from others, and heeded them, I'd currently own a lot of fairly expensive long lenses that would get little use for my needs.Troll WhispererBill Turner.

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Comment #7

That's the way I did it when I started back into photography with a Canon PowerShot A710 IS in February. I just last week got my first DSLR, the EOS Canon 40D, using the learning method you described (READ THE MANUAL & TAKE LOTS OF PICTURES ALONG THE WAY)..

*I did get a UV filter for my lens.TomD.http://www.flickr.com/photos/shootina710is/..

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