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I'm new to photography, a year in and I'm in love with it. I've been shooting with an old Canon AE-1 for about a year and I'm interested in purchasing a DSLR. I have my eye on Canon's EOS 5D, but I'm a little hesitant because I honestly may not be advanced enough to use it. Would this be a good investment for a newbie?..

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By all means...IF you are willing to invest time and effort in learning how to use it. If you are concerned in investing too much money, get a Canon XTi or even the XT. Less money invested, I think those will work with your lenses. Best to ask specifically in the Canon forums.shinndigghttp://www.pbase.com/shinndigg..

Comment #1

Not sure a DSLR is ever an 'investment' unless you're going to sell the pictures you create with it. The moment you buy it it will be worth less..

However, if you're talking about moving from film to digital, the canon 350 would be a great starting point (and very inexpensive if purchased used on ebay) and would no doubt save money in the longer run..

The 5D is worth consideration if you must have full frame but even in used condition comes at a price well above the 'crop' dslr's..

The single greatest advantage I found when changing from film was the ability to change the film speed for each exposure, ie shifting the iso setting without changing the film!.

Good luck...

Comment #2

It's one of those hobbies that's like standing in front of a toilet, and flushing down $100 bills.  I don't know of any other common personal hobbies, besides aviation and boating, that is more expensive. You see, it just doesn't stop with buying a DSLR body and a basic lens. Not at all. First, you find out that your first lens is a bit limited, so you end up buying another 3-4 lenses. Oh yeah, and a tripod. And don't forget the camera bag and extra batteries.

Oh, and a book or two. Maybe a flash gun or a ring flash. And more memory cards. And after all this, the next generation body comes out, and it starts all over again and suddenly, your existing DSLR body is worthless. It's just like watching $100 bills swirl around and around the toilet bowl..

But in all seriousness, I honestly think a Canon EOS 5D is gross overkill for a newbie. It's a professional level camera that demands skill to use to it's potential. I think it's FAR better to buy a lower level DSLR, and spend your money on developing and maturing your skills. Trust me, you'll get far more benefit from developing your skills than buying an uber-camera..

That means taking a photography course that will help improve your composition and expose you to various forms of photography. Taking a course on photographic lighting is highly recommended, especially if it discusses using natural ambient light and artificial lighting sources, not just studio lighting. After these, you'll understand photography is actually all about the nature of light and composition, and not your camera, lenses, or other equipment..

On top of that, join a local photography club that goes through a periodic critique session. Going through a critique can be an ego-bruising experience, but it's a fantastic way to learn. If the club has a friendly and encouraging community with some experienced photographers who are willing to share their knowledge, this will greatly help your photography far more than buying the latest and greatest body..

As for cameras, start with the basics. All entry-level DSLRs are very capable, such as.

The Nikon D60, Nikon D80, Canon Rebel XTI, Canon 40D, Pentax K200D, Pentax K20D, Olympus E-400 or E-500, etc, etc. Get the kit lens, a camera bag and a flash gun that can be overridden manually. If you want to do some low-light photography, get a prime lens (like a 35mm or a cheap 50mm lens). If you want to emphasize macro or portrait photography, start with an el-cheapo manual focus macro lens. When you're a beginner, these entry-level cameras will take just as good pictures as the 5D..

Good luck!.

Daveydoo wrote:.

I'm new to photography, a year in and I'm in love with it. I've beenshooting with an old Canon AE-1 for about a year and I'm interestedin purchasing a DSLR. I have my eye on Canon's EOS 5D, but I'm alittle hesitant because I honestly may not be advanced enough to useit. Would this be a good investment for a newbie?..

Comment #3

I you have a limited budget (even if it's a big one) you would be better off with a less expensive body and very expensive lenses...

Comment #4

Your investment in gear is your investment in your photographic pursuit..

If you feel this isn't a passing phase, and you want to bet the best you can for your objectives (be it portrait, weddings, scenics, etc.), then you get the best camera you can afford. This way, you know YOU are the limiting factor, and the source that needs improvement..

OTOH, if unsure, or not able to get what you want, you'll have to settle for 2nd best that you can manage. And see how the journey develops..

I took the former path, and it has worked out well for me. YMMV..

...Bob, NYC.

'Well, sometimes the magic works. Sometimes, it doesn't.' - Little Big Man.

Galleries: http://www.pbase.com/btullis..

Comment #5

...Bob,.

Thanks for your words of inspiration!.

I think I'm going to go ahead and purchase the 5D because it feels similar to my 35mm. Honestly, if this was a phase I would've let go a long time ago. Would you recommend me taking some digital classes..

Thanks again...

Comment #6

Daveydoo wrote:.

...Bob,.

Thanks for your words of inspiration!.

I think I'm going to go ahead and purchase the 5D because it feelssimilar to my 35mm. Honestly, if this was a phase I would've let goa long time ago. Would you recommend me taking some digital classes..

Usually, it can't hurt to go that route. I just have been scouring this place, and accumulating reference books, to get me up to speed. I'd suggest it all depends on what you find to be obstacles along the way that you can't overcome, or how impatient you are to be more proficient..

For example, I'm not at all versed in lighting. But it's not important for the work I generally do, and I've been coping with flash needs as they arise. But I might want to take a course (if a few books didn't give me focus) if I were doing weddings or portrait work where artificial lighting can be crucial..

...Bob, NYC.

'Well, sometimes the magic works. Sometimes, it doesn't.' - Little Big Man.

Galleries: http://www.pbase.com/btullis..

Comment #7

Your AE-1 lenses will not work with any Canon DSLR's..

Also keep in mind the 5D is several years old and long overdue for an update. Unless you absolutely need something specific that the 5D offers, you are better off going with the much newer 40D, which will also allow more budget for lenses..

Daveydoo wrote:.

...Bob,.

Thanks for your words of inspiration!.

I think I'm going to go ahead and purchase the 5D because it feelssimilar to my 35mm. Honestly, if this was a phase I would've let goa long time ago. Would you recommend me taking some digital classes..

Thanks again..

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Comment #8

Actually, for most the photographer him/herself is the limiting factor, also with entry-level dSLRS....

Bob Tullis wrote:.

Your investment in gear is your investment in your photographic pursuit..

If you feel this isn't a passing phase, and you want to bet the bestyou can for your objectives (be it portrait, weddings, scenics,etc.), then you get the best camera you can afford. This way, youknow YOU are the limiting factor, and the source that needsimprovement..

OTOH, if unsure, or not able to get what you want, you'll have tosettle for 2nd best that you can manage. And see how the journeydevelops..

I took the former path, and it has worked out well for me. YMMV..

...Bob, NYC.

'Well, sometimes the magic works. Sometimes, it doesn't.' - LittleBig Man.

Galleries: http://www.pbase.com/btullis..

Comment #9

IMac, therefore iAm wrote:.

Your AE-1 lenses will not work with any Canon DSLR's..

Also keep in mind the 5D is several years old and long overdue for anupdate. Unless you absolutely need something specific that the 5Doffers, you are better off going with the much newer 40D, which willalso allow more budget for lenses..

This is the best advice you got, IMO....

1) dump the AE-1 on craigslist.com for $100.2) get a 40D...they are bargains now!3) buy the best lenses you can afford with the rest of your 5D budget4) join a camera club and let them critique your skills.

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Comment #10

A 5D really deserves to have good lenses on it. Otherwise you're wasting so much of it's potential!!! If you can't afford a 5D and AWESOME lenses then I'd say you need to be looking at a cheaper body to start with and get some decent lenses...

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