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Recommended Canon SLR Camera Gear for the Uncompromising Beginner
I just wrote a blog on this. Thought I would share it here as well. It should be one of the most frequently asked questions here.

Blog url is: http://explorersoflight.blogspot.com/.../recommended-slr-camera-gear-for.html.

Extract:.

"Camera bodies keep advancing at a very fast pace. What you get today will probably get replaced with a more feature rich model in 18 months. Therefore if you have a strict budget, it is not very advisable to go for an expansive camera body. However lenses are almost made for ever. A good lens today would be just as useful 10-15 years from now. In my opinion, it's better to invest in good glass than a pro body when you start with photography.



The kit I have put together there isCanon EOS 400D / Rebel XTi17-40 4L50 f 1.870-200 4L USM.

Comments welcome. Hope it would be useful for someone hereRegards,Arun Sasidharan.

Home Page: http://www.asasidh.com.

Photos: http://flickr.com/photos/arunsasi/.

Blog: http://explorersoflight.blogspot.com/..

Comments (7)

You used the same reasoning, and have the same gear (except that I have the XT rather than the XTi), as me. We must both be brilliant!.

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

Comment #1

Nice to know that..

If I was asked to change just one thing in my list, I would happily replace the Xti with Xt and save another 100$..

I am a happy Xti owner for almost an year now.

Regards,Arun Sasidharan.

Home Page: http://www.asasidh.com.

Photos: http://flickr.com/photos/arunsasi/.

Blog: http://www.zenslr.com/..

Comment #2

Nothing special in that lens line-upDefinitely not what I would define as "Uncompromising"..

Good Glass, just not among the best.After all, is that not what uncomproming means..

Now, all that ncompromising aside, Read the text in my signature, pretty much says it all.Dave PattersonMidwestshutterbug.com'When the light and composition are strong, nobodynotices things like resolution or pincushion distortion'Gary Friedman..

Comment #3

Just for the record: I wouldn't recommend any dSLR to a beginner..

Kicking people in at the deep end or throwing them off of the top of the diving board won't exactly teach them to swim well. Worse still, it might do the exact reverse and put them off for life..

Regards, David..

Comment #4

Arun Sasidharan wrote:.

Extract:"Camera bodies keep advancing at a very fast pace. What you get todaywill probably get replaced with a more feature rich model in 18months. Therefore if you have a strict budget, it is not veryadvisable to go for an expansive camera body..

Very true..

However lenses arealmost made for ever. A good lens today would be just as useful 10-15years from now..

Let's hope so. EOS mount is already a bit long in the tooth, but it will probably hold some more years..

In my opinion, it's better to invest in good glassthan a pro body when you start with photography. You can always upgradeyou body later and still use the same good lenses on it".

True...ish. However, not all beginers want to (or should) start by putting 1500$ in a lens selection they can't use very well..

The kit I have put together there isCanon EOS 400D / Rebel XTi17-40 4L50 f 1.870-200 4L USM.

Comments welcome. Hope it would be useful for someone here.

Well, I won't comment on the camera. I believe it's a decent choice for a beginner. However, the lenses are not.I own all your selected lenses, but I would NOT reccomend them to beginners..

17-40L. I bought it because my cheap Sigma 18-50 broke and because I intend to move to full frame.. NOT a good lens for beginners, NOT a good lens for 1.6. It's comparatively slow, it's "normal wide" on the wide end and short on the tele end. And you pay a superwide full frame lens you can't use at the moment. Better choices: Sigma or Tamron 18-50 f2.8; better beginner choice: 17-85 IS; very decent beginner choice: 18-55 kit lens.



One should CAREFULLY consider it's intention to put some more money in this hobby and eventually move to FF..

50mm f1.8. Excelent choice, best value for the money. However (!) one should consider that you included no macro lens in your setup. If the choice falls on 50 mm macro, the f1.8 might add little value..

70-200 f4. That's a very good choice, as well. However, might be overkill for a beginner. One should also consider the 70-300 IS and the 70-200 f2.8 from Sigma and Tamron..

So, to resume:.

1. A beginner's beginner: XTi + 17-852. A beginner with some more serious intentions: body + 18-50 f2.83. Advanced amateur who will move to FF: body + 17-40..

To these standard kits you then add one prime (or macro), one telezoom, one or more flashes..

Of course, my opinion./d/n..

Comment #5

Honestly I would change a few things..

I would switch the 50 f1.8 to either the 50mm f1.4 or the 85mm 1.8, and the 17-40L for a 17-50 F2.8 from either Tamron or Sigma or the Canon 17-85 IS..

The 50mm f1.8 is great for the price but if you are willing to spend the extra money a 50mm f1.4 or the 85mm f1.8 are much better in terms of focusing speed and build quality, not to mention easier manual focus compared to the 50mm f1.8 with it's tiny focus ring..

The 17-40L is a bit short and yes it's a L so it's build quality an optics will be great but for beginner I think it's overkill. I think most would be much happier with something a bit longer for a walk around lens and saving a bit of money. Or they get something slightly longer and a stop faster like the 17-50 Sigma/Tamron..

Mr. Fixitx..

Comment #6

Yes we all have our favorite lens lineup.

That was mine.. thanks for posting yours.

Regards,Arun Sasidharan.

Home Page: http://www.asasidh.com.

Photos: http://flickr.com/photos/arunsasi/.

Blog: http://www.zenslr.com/..

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