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This is my first post, so hi to all, I have a question and any feed back is appreciated..

I'm looking to buy a canon 40D, off to Barbados (how lucky am I) in a few weeks so hope to get a good exchange rate to possibly purchase over there..

I want to get a camera that I can educate myself further in photography and practice my skills and also improve them, so am looking for something to last a few years..

I would like the standard 40D kit plus one other lens probably 70-300mm, or should I push the boat out (sorry for the Barbados pun!) and get the 24-70mm L lens instead of the standard 17-85?? obviously I know it will be an expensive outlay, so want something that produces great pics and will be able to learn on..

Have had an optio 550 for some years and find 20% of pictures are great but want a camera that can produce 50-75% of pictures that are great, or is this a beginners in-education...

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The 40D is a great camera and the kit lens will be fine for just about most of your needs while you are finding your way.Get to know the camera and find your own shooting style then splash out on lenses.If you decide to sell the kit lens in 6 months or so you will get your money back on it because lenses hold their money and it is discounted into the kiit.Enjoy your new camera.PJT..

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Agentterry wrote:.

This is my first post, so hi to all, I have a question and any feedback is appreciated.I'm looking to buy a canon 40D, off to Barbados (how lucky am I) in afew weeks so hope to get a good exchange rate to possibly purchaseover there..

Are you sure that you will be to find a 40D in Barbados? Are you sure that it will be cheaper than the UK? Do you realise that you may have to pay VAT and duty on it when you return to the UK?.

I would buy in the UK before you go and get to know the camera before your trip..

I want to get a camera that I can educate myself further inphotography and practice my skills and also improve them, so amlooking for something to last a few years.I would like the standard 40D kit plus one other lens probably70-300mm, or should I push the boat out (sorry for the Barbados pun!)and get the 24-70mm L lens instead of the standard 17-85??.

The 24-70 is expensive, heavy and doesn't have a very useful zoom range on a 1.6x crop factor camera. The 17-85 is an excellent general purpose/travel lens and you will probably take 90-95% of your shots in this range. Get the kit lens..

The 70-300 IS is also a good lens and would be a good choice as a second lens..

Consider a flash, probably 430EX, and learn how to use. I take a lot of flash shots in the Caribbean..

ObviouslyI know it will be an expensive outlay, so want something thatproduces great pics and will be able to learn on.Have had an optio 550 for some years and find 20% of pictures aregreat but want a camera that can produce 50-75% of pictures that aregreat, or is this a beginners in-education..

50-75% "great" pictures would be sensational. You need to raise your standards so that only 1% are "great"!Chris R..

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Chris R-UK wrote:..

Are you sure that you will be to find a 40D in Barbados? Are yousure that it will be cheaper than the UK? Do you realise that youmay have to pay VAT and duty on it when you return to the UK?.

I would agree that he should check about availability and price (and warranties), but he shouldn't worry about VAT and duty as he can just wear it round his neck on his return as if he had bought it in the UK before flying out..

I would buy in the UK before you go and get to know the camera beforeyour trip..

I would tend to agree, unless he feels he can master the 40D quickly..

Alex.

Http://alexandjustine.smugmug.com/..

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Alex Leach wrote:.

Chris R-UK wrote:..

Are you sure that you will be to find a 40D in Barbados? Are yousure that it will be cheaper than the UK? Do you realise that youmay have to pay VAT and duty on it when you return to the UK?.

I would agree that he should check about availability and price (andwarranties), but he shouldn't worry about VAT and duty as he can justwear it round his neck on his return as if he had bought it in the UKbefore flying out..

Agree that you can take the risk and the risk of being stopped is quite small, but you also take the risk every time you go abroad in the future - AFAIK Customs can tell that the camera was bought outside the EU from the serial number..

There may also be warranty issues. A camera bought in Barbados might have a US warranty that will be shorter than a UK warranty..

I would buy in the UK before you go and get to know the camera beforeyour trip..

I would tend to agree, unless he feels he can master the 40D quickly..

Alex.

Http://alexandjustine.smugmug.com/.

Chris R..

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Thanks for the replies, good info, brings me back to reallity...

Comment #5

After fifteen years with film, and six on digital, I get maybe two or three shots out of an afternoon that I really like. If I'm lucky. One day I was shooting macros of tiny wildflowers, I got about ten that were great. I remember that day well..

The nut behind the viewfinder is still the most important part of a camera...

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