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First SLR Advice
I just bought my first SLR, the Canon 40D with the 28-135mm lens. I've been searching everywhere for a list of what I "need" for an SLR camera with little luck. For example, a friend was looking at it the other day and said I need to get a UV Filter to protect the lens. I had no idea, never even thought about it. So I'm looking for advice about what other things I need to buy for the new camera..

Thanks!Jennifer..

Comments (10)

- A camera bag should probably be top of the list..

- Some people put on a UV filter to protect the lens, but others (myself included) use a lens hood all the time instead. So my second recommendation is to get a lens hood which will also be useful when shooting outside in sunny conditions.- Additional memory cards.- Basic image editing software, e.g. PS Elements.

After that things become less crucial, e.g:.

- There are better straps available than that which comes with the camera - look at the Optech range..

- You might want to get a camera and lens cleaning kit. With the 40D you shouldn't need anything to clean the sensor..

- Canon 50mm f1.8 lens. Very cheap, excellent optical quality and very useful for head and shoulders portraits and for low light photography without a flash..

More expensive:- A good tripod and head and a remote release cord- External flash- More lenses- More bags- More lenses- More software- More lenses- etc.Chris R..

Comment #1

If you get a filter make sure it's a decent brand and a multi coated filter.here is the latest talk we had on UV filtershttp://forums.dpreview.com/...forums/read.asp?forum=1002&message=25815894.

A polarizing filter is nice to have when photographing reflective things like water or glass.Other things for your 1st SLR will depend on what do you mostly photograph?.

You got your self the 28-135mm lens now on your 40D that numbers is multiplied by 1.6 so you have a 45-216mm lens, nice for telephoto, but doing wide angle shots will be hard as that lens is not at all wide..

If you do a lot of indoor photography you will want to consider a external flashThe 430EX is a nice model for beginners..

Http://www.the-digital-picture.com/...Canon-430EX-Speedlite-Flash-Review.aspxYou may also want a fast lens (large aperture) for portraits indoorsTry the very affordable and amazingly sharp plastic fantastic F1.8 50mm.

Http://www.the-digital-picture.com/...Canon-EF-50mm-f-1.8-II-Lens-Review.aspx.

Other things to consider are, a tripod, extra memory cards, extra batteries, a battery grip, a carry case.http://www.the-digital-picture.com/...s/Canon-BG-E2N-Battery-Grip-Review.aspx.

As you can see your first SLR could lead to a very empty wallet very quickly,.

More advice can be given when it's know what you mostly photograph.

Sparky_caGo take photos ..

Comment #2

Jennifer,.

Nice choice of camera/lens..

Essentials in my case are also a filter, spare battery + memory card and a holster bag to put everything in - will be interesting to see what's in other people's lists..

By the way, either a Hoya Pro-1 Digital 72mm UV or a Protector Filter would be suitable for your lens - approx 46 each..

Regards......Caster..

Comment #3

It really varies, but I do a lot of football action shots, animals/nature/landscape and a friend wants me to start shooting weddings with her (so I have a lot to learn!)...

Comment #4

So by your photography style you listed you need some wide angles and some fast glass.

For football shots look into the 70-200 L lenses the F2.8 can also come in handy at weddings, The 100-400 is even better for football unless your on the side line of play at all times.Look into the F4 17-40mm or the EF-S 10-22 for landscape shots.If your doing a lot of people shots some fast primes will work well for youLike the F1.4 50mm and the F2.0 135mm LYou will need a good flash for weddings and learn how to use itThe 580EX II is the most common choice for weddings.A battery grip is a must for longer shoots and a hand full of 2gb memory cards.

I prefer to use 1 or 2 gb cards, if something goes wrong I dont loose all my shots so I avoid 4+GB cards.

But before spending lots of money on high end gear,.

Learn what your camera can do, take lots of photos and figure out what works and what does not work..

Http://www.the-digital-picture.com/...EF-17-40mm-f-4.0-L-USM-Lens-Review.aspx.

Http://www.the-digital-picture.com/...0-200mm-f-2.8-L-IS-USM-Lens-Review.aspx.

Http://www.the-digital-picture.com/...0mm-f-4.5-5.6-L-IS-USM-Lens-Review.aspx.

Http://www.the-digital-picture.com/...anon-EF-50mm-f-1.4-USM-Lens-Review.aspx.

Http://www.the-digital-picture.com/...on-580EX-II-Speedlite-Flash-Review.aspx.

Http://www.the-digital-picture.com/...-10-22mm-f-3.5-4.5-USM-Lens-Review.aspx.

Http://www.the-digital-picture.com/...n-EF-135mm-f-2.0-L-USM-Lens-Review.aspx.

Sparky_caGo take photos ..

Comment #5

I hate it when you ask for "first dSLR advice" AFTER you already bought a Canon! Kinda takes the wind outa my sails... .

But at least it wasn't that dinky 400D....

Javthrowr wrote:.

I just bought my first SLR, the Canon 40D with the 28-135mm lens.I've been searching everywhere for a list of what I "need" for an SLRcamera with little luck. For example, a friend was looking at it theother day and said I need to get a UV Filter to protect the lens. Ihad no idea, never even thought about it. So I'm looking for adviceabout what other things I need to buy for the new camera..

The experts differ on whether a filter is needed to protect the front surface of lenses. I tend to be of the persuasion that a filter degrades the image a bit (especially when placed on high IQ, expensive lenses). You will especially notice the extra filter when shooting a back-lit subject, where bright areas are visible. What happens is that light enters the lens and bounces off the sensor and back out the lens. Unless ALL of that light exits, it will be reflected back into the lens. That is why lens elements are anti-reflection coated.

They cost about $75..

Experienced photographers will tell you a tale about not using protective filters and after 30 years and millions of photos, they have yet to damage a lens..

If you are paranoid, then you should get a filter..

Charlie DavisNikon 5700 & Sony R1HomePage: http://www.1derful.infoBridge Blog: http://www.here-ugo.com/BridgeBlog/..

Comment #6

Javthrowr wrote:.

I just bought my first SLR, the Canon 40D with the 28-135mm lens.I've been searching everywhere for a list of what I "need" for an SLRcamera with little luck. For example, a friend was looking at it theother day and said I need to get a UV Filter to protect the lens..

- Any professional salesperson should have offered you that filter when you were buying the lens. BTW you want to make sure it is multicoated. Other stuff you need is a sturdy tripod (preferably a "spider"), a flash, a camera case, a spare battery, a spare memory card, a card-reader and, of course, more lenses - but that comes when you start feeling the need for them. Like more wide-angle and more tele, macro, portrait, etc. In due time you may also want to purchase a flash bracket and a diffuser dome or reflector. Most important, though - you should learn how all that stuff works, your photography becomes better when you know more about what you're doing, like aperture - shutter-speed - lighting - composition, etc.

Hope that helps?.

Http://lordofthelens.smugmug.com/..

Comment #7

Kind of important question, because my first impulse was to suggest you get yourself a decent book on photography and a cup of tea and start reading it. You sound like you don't have much experience and extra kit won't help you in the least if you haven't the know how to use it..

If you are more experienced then (a) sorry and (b) read the manual - twice. Seriously..

StephenG.

Pentax K100DFuji S5200Fuji E900PCLinuxOS..

Comment #8

I've taken tons of photos with my point and shoot cameras, but no experience with an SLR...

Comment #9

Sorry, I was not precise enough asking..

What I should have asked is do you understand things like P,S, A and M modes and how to use them ? Do you understand DOF ? Do you understand what techniaues like pre-focus ? Have you heard of them ? Do you know what a prime lens is ? .

If you don't then you need a basic book on photography, because a DSLR is a waste of money without some understanding of basic technique or the intention of learning it. An entry level DSLR is what you need if you're only starting to learn..

StephenG.

Pentax K100DFuji S5200Fuji E900PCLinuxOS..

Comment #10

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