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Buying first camera and lens
I am a beginning photographer who is trying to get into the business. I've recently been practicing on a Fujifilm Finepix S5100, which I've had for about 2.5 years. It's definitely time to invest in an dSLR if I am going to continue learning and improving..

Unless someone can give me a good reason not to, I plan to buy a Canon 40D. My big question is: What lens(es) should I buy? Our budget is tight, so I can't afford a thousand dollar lens. I need to find one or two lenses that are affordable, but will last me for a while..

I plan to primarily shoot weddings and outdoor photo sessions (engagements, family, seniors, etc). Thanks!..

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You will also need to get a high power flash. For the 40D it should run around $200 to $400 depending on the it's power. The on board flash will not be strong enough to shoot weddings in low light (which most are)..

I bought my 40D about a month and a half ago and have had no issues with it. I only have the kit lens and a 75-200MM basic lens. I seem to do okay with it unless I'm shooting sports in low light then I use my Pentax K100 with a 2.8/F lens..

You might also want an extra battery. Weddings are pretty high pressure and if your battery goes down you could be in trouble..

ThanksScott..

Comment #1

The Canon 40D would be great. The 17-85 is probably the must suitable lens under $1000..

You really, really, really need a backup camera, lens, and flash. Even an XTi will do the job. But, I'd get two of the same camera and equip one with a wide zoom and the other with a long zoom and use them both..

Here's a cheap Nikon setup:2x D80 w/18-5555-200VRSB-600SB-800There's plenty of room for improvement, but that will get you started...

Comment #2

I know I will need backups, etc, but right now we can barely afford 1 camera and 1-2 lenses. This summer I plan on doing outdoor photo shoots and assisting at weddings. I will not be shooting my own weddings until I've had sufficient practice and the right equipment. I've been advised to get a 50mm/f1.8. Is this a good starting lens? For portraits pics, what would be an affordable lens that could last me a couple years?..

Comment #3

Rebamac wrote:.

I know I will need backups, etc, but right now we can barely afford 1camera and 1-2 lenses. This summer I plan on doing outdoor photoshoots and assisting at weddings. I will not be shooting my ownweddings until I've had sufficient practice and the right equipment.I've been advised to get a 50mm/f1.8. Is this a good starting lens?For portraits pics, what would be an affordable lens that could lastme a couple years?.

The 50mm is probably the ideal lens for portraits. But, it is no substitute for a wide-angle zoom. I've seen the 40D with the 17-85IS for $1499 (in the US). That and a flash should be your starting point...

Comment #4

I would really prefer to get a lens without a variable aperture. Problem is, those are more expensive. I'm now thinking about getting the 50mm (already mentioned) and 135mm f/2.8 with Softfocus. Both prime lenses, and no wide angle..

Pros? Cons?..

Comment #5

Rebamac wrote:.

I would really prefer to get a lens without a variable aperture.Problem is, those are more expensive. I'm now thinking about gettingthe 50mm (already mentioned) and 135mm f/2.8 with Softfocus. Bothprime lenses, and no wide angle..

Pros? Cons?.

All cons..

135 is too long for portraits on a crop-sensor camera. As well, soft effects are better applied in post-processing..

You need some moderate wide angle to normal coverage for weddings. Maybe a 24 and a 35. I personally would use a zoom lens. Especially since you'll only have one body..

And, while shooting at 18mm isn't desirable, sometimes you have no choice..

I'd get a 30D and put more money into lens(es) if that would help you swing a 17-55/2.8...

Comment #6

I suggest that you get two lenses: the 17-40 f/4L (a luxury-class walkaround) and the 50mm f/1.8 (also known as the "thrifty 50). This will give you an L-class outdoor/landscape lens and a very good (but cheap) low-light/portrait lens. You can save up and get a telephoto next year. The total cost of the two lenses will be about $700..

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

Comment #7

I still haven't made a purchase.....

I am thinking about a 40D with the EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS and the EF 50mm f/1.8..

I know the 28-135 is a slower lens and isn't the best quality, but I've read some decent reviews and am hoping that it will be a good starting lens. Money is tight, and this one is more affordable because I can buy it as a package with the body. Also, I am considering this over the 17-85 because it gives me a greater range. What do you think?..

Comment #8

My opinion is that 28 is not wide enough for a crop sensor. When I gave my 17-85 to my son, I replaced it with a 24-105. I missed the 17mm, so I ended up also buying a 12-24mm..

Comment #9

Rebamac wrote:.

I still haven't made a purchase.....

I am thinking about a 40D with the EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS and theEF 50mm f/1.8..

I know the 28-135 is a slower lens and isn't the best quality, butI've read some decent reviews and am hoping that it will be a goodstarting lens. Money is tight, and this one is more affordablebecause I can buy it as a package with the body. Also, I amconsidering this over the 17-85 because it gives me a greater range.What do you think?.

The 28 is too long for your intended usage. At weddings you'll do a lot of shooting wider than that. Most of the shooting, in fact...

Comment #10

Rebamac wrote:.

I still haven't made a purchase.....

I am thinking about a 40D with the EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS and theEF 50mm f/1.8..

I know the 28-135 is a slower lens and isn't the best quality, butI've read some decent reviews and am hoping that it will be a goodstarting lens. Money is tight, and this one is more affordablebecause I can buy it as a package with the body. Also, I amconsidering this over the 17-85 because it gives me a greater range.What do you think?.

Call me a dittohead. 28-135 is good for full-frame. For a 40D, 17-85 is much more practical..

Conceivably, you could use a 24-105, but that's twice the price and still leaves you with minimal wide angle...

Comment #11

You need to learn..

Don't spend much at all ..

Get a Canon xTi and basic kit lens and look for a second hand 50mm prime. It's an excellent camera anyway and you can use it professionally if you want, or as a backup when the time comes. An older xT at a discount would also suit your needs..

You say you won't be shooting yourself professionally for "a while" so why get expensive kit now ? .

Hold your resources and save until you need to commit and you yourself have the ability ( knowledge ) to choose. Plans can change, people's lives change. By buying a DSLR and investing time and effort to learn your trade you are already committing more than enough..

The first thing a pro in any field learns is not to spend money they don't need to..

The 40D, in my opinion, is not something you need for the foreseeable future..

Good Luck..

StephenG.

Pentax K100DFuji S5200Fuji E900PCLinuxOS..

Comment #12

I'd go for this for $2,200.00 +/-.

Canon XTi, With Grip ($650.00)Canon 50mm f/1.8 II ($80.00)Tamron 17-50 f/2.8, for crop sensors ($450.00)Sigma 70-200 f/2.8 ($500.00)Canon 580 EX with OCC 2 and a bracket ($500.00 for all 3 items).

Add a Canon 40D later, and maybe a Canon 430ex....Then use the 40D with 580ex as the main DSLR, and XTi and 430ex as the backup..

You don't want a lens for Weddings under f/4 !!!....Many churches will be f/4 at ISO 800....for a decent Shutter Speed. Unless you get a tele with IS in the lens. even than at f/5.6 and IS...in a dim room may cause focus problems. PLUS..f/2.8 allows the AF in the camera to activate the more accurate and faster circuits built in the AF Center Point..

This will give you the Glass and Flash, Plus the XTi is a very capable DSLR. not as fast as the 40d (FPS, Buffer size..) But it can deliver Great IQ in the right hands, as any camera can..

Just another angle to consider.

Peter .

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Comment #13

Thanks to all of you, this was really helpful. I am definitely going to look into some cheaper camera bodies. I am now thinking that, along with the body, I will start off with....

Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8Canon 50mm f/1.8..

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