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My $800 plan, suggestions..
Im entering the DSLR world soon and after reading I have decided on this:.

Canon Rebel XTCanon EF 50mm f/1.8 II lensCamera Case2GB cf cardUV filter(x2).

I have 170-250 left and I guess I would like to get some sort of zoom lens. But Im not sure what yet. I will gradually upgrade lenses but I would like two to start with. I was thinking about a zoom/wideange?.

Any help would be appreciated,Blah..

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Hey there,.

I just purchased the XT back in July and am loving it. I went with the kit lens and the 50mm f1.8. I love the 50mm. I also like the kit lens. I know it's been misaligned pretty often, but the kit lens is a good lens, especially for beginners. What are you going to be shooting? Outdoors or indoors? I would suggest paying the extra $80 for the kit lens.

The kit lens will give you enough to learn with and know what you'll need for your next purchase. My guess is for the money you have left over, you might as well pick up the kit lens. The main drawback of the kit lens for me is that's it's slow. I suspect (but haven't priced) that you'll be spending over $500 for a better lens in the wide angle area if you want something faster than the kit..

I haven't look at many wide angle lenses right now, I believe my next purchase will be a telephoto. There are some canon telephotos below $200. The canon 75-300mm f4-5.6 is under $200. I understand this lens is good outdoors in good light but is difficult in low light conditions..

I've also been looking at the 80mm f1.8 and 100mm f2 primes. They are priced under $400 but are very fast. For me, I'm looking more on the fast side. On the other hand, I think there is a great canon telephoto zoom lens that has IS that is around the $500-600 range. Its the Canon 70-300 f/4-5.6 IS lens..

So depending on what you'll be shooting and under what conditions should drive which lens you'll get. If you'll be shooting outdoors under sunny conditions, you don't necessarily need a fast lens. But my honest recommendation is to pick up the kit lens. You can't beat the price. Also, definitely pick up the 50mm, that is an excellent choice.Just trying to learn.

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Comment #1

You'll certainly want something in addition to the 50mm prime and a standard zoom is the obvious place to start. The Canon 18-55 kit lens is indeed very cheap... if you decide to go with that just make sure you stop it down a bit (f/8 or f/11) to get the best image quality; wide open it is pretty poor at the edges / corners of the frame. See.

Http://www.photozone.de/8Reviews/lenses/canon_1855_3556/index.htm.

If you can spend a bit more a hghly-regarded and popular standard zoom is the Sigma 17-70: see.

Http://www.photozone.de/8Reviews/lenses/sigma_1770_2845/index.htm.

Basically you get what you pay for..

Best wishesMike..

Comment #2

BlahSajiMos wrote:.

Im entering the DSLR world soon and after reading I have decided onthis:.

Canon Rebel XT.

I would recommend the XTi instead. Definitely worth the extra cost..

Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II lens.

Yep, everyone should have one, you'll learn a lot using this lens..

Camera Case.

Well, ok, but consider a bag instead. Very soon the accessories become more of a problem than the camera..

2GB cf card.

Yep, that should be ideal - unless you acquire an interest in shooting RAW, then you'll almost certainly want more..

UV filter(x2).

Waste of money in my humble opinion. You would have to buy the very best quality and even then you will still get some loss of image quality in some situations. And what's the point in using a $30 filter to protect a $60 lens? Many of us don't use filters even on lenses at ten times the price..

I have 170-250 left and I guess I would like to get some sort of zoomlens. But Im not sure what yet..

As others have said, get the 18-55 kit lens. It's not a great lens but it is very cheap and it produces good results when the conditions are easy - which means good light so you can stop down to f/8 or so. Chromatic aberration (colour fringing) is quite noticeable in high contrast situations but for the price it is fine to get you started. If you had a bigger budget I'd be making other suggestions, but the next step up is around $400..

The extra cost of the XTi kit, less what you will save by not buying unnecessary filters, will fit nicely within your budget...

Comment #3

What do you plan on doing with your camara? When I got my dslr I had some lens already from my film camera. I augmented what I had with a couple more and went crazy playing and swapping lenses and playing more. I packed them all around where ever I went. My picture quality and my shoot experience suffered because each lens was different and I was going in too many directions at once. Many of the lenses overlaped each other which didn't help things in my head....

When I got smart I put it all away but 3 lenses, an 18-70 kit lens, a 50mm prime and 28-300. Each time I went out I picked one and left the others home. That left me able to sort out what I could do with each lens. In the end the 28-300 lives on my camera, it's the most versatile lens I have. The 50mm prime I use indoors without flash. The 18-70 gives you some wide angle and works good shooting buildings or scenery and works well indoors with flash.



If I had to recomend just one lens it would be the 28-300, or an 18-200. I'm a hobbiest and for someone just getting started I think having a versatile lens will keep you interested in the game. As you develop a feel for things and find a nitch to explore then spend the money and buy the lens that is suited for that nitch..

Also have you checked out the 2 and 3 lens package deals on ebay. $850 will get you the camera you want a couple Tamron zoom lenses, a memory chip, a bag and more trinkets to round out the deal....

...Dennis..

Comment #4

I would go with the Oly E330 2 lens kit, cameta on Ebay is selling them for 550.00 which is an awesome buy. 8mp/live view and Zuiko lenses..

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Comment #5

Wow, that seems like a smokin deal for $550.. That leaves a decent chunk of change left in my wallet as well..

I will mostly be using the camera taking pictures of my 1yr old. Portrait, action, indoors, out. All of it I guess..

I have a videography side job, and Ill probably take it along on those shoots as well. I have a JTL 3 piece light kit(500w, 1umbrella, 1softbox, 1barndoor). So I can stage good lighting indoors if need be..

I guess Im going to be doing some reading on the 330...

Thanks for all the help so far, it's appreciated..

Comment #6

BlahSajiMos wrote:.

Wow, that seems like a smokin deal for $550.. That leaves a decentchunk of change left in my wallet as well..

I will mostly be using the camera taking pictures of my 1yr old.Portrait, action, indoors, out. All of it I guess..

I have a videography side job, and Ill probably take it along onthose shoots as well. I have a JTL 3 piece light kit(500w, 1umbrella,1softbox, 1barndoor). So I can stage good lighting indoors if need be..

I guess Im going to be doing some reading on the 330...

Thanks for all the help so far, it's appreciated.

Take a look at the pics taken by Louis Dobson and Bill Turner with the E-330 on the Oly slr forum, they sware by this camera. Can't beat the value!.

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I've owned the E330 and 14-54 lens. Sharpest photos I have ever taken. Than I picked up a Nikon, and it made that camera feel like a brick....

Try all three - Oly, Nikon, Canon before you decide..

John..

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