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Hi..I have MS and am presenting using a Canon S2 IS. Mostly I am using a tripod or monopod and I like just taking photos of nature, wildlife, family etc. I was thinking of upgrading, but can't spend more than $800 or so. I think the stabilization helps. I was thinking of the Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi with the lens kit. I found it to be lightweight enough for me to deal with, but maybe I should just buy a better lens (telephoto) for what I have..

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciate. Michelle..

Comments (10)

Michele.

What is your reason for wanting to upgrade?Then we can make suggestions?.

Your camera got a highly recommended rating from DPreview!!You have a fast zoom lens already on this camera!!!S2IS is a 12x zoom fixed lens camera with36-432mm equiv. (12x), F2.7-3.5" 1 aspherical element," 1 UD element.

Yes it's not an DSLR but we do not always need an DSLR..

DPreview comments:Conclusion - ProsGood resolutionNew 12x zoom offers excellent 36-432mm rangePacked with featuresImage stabilization works really well (and can be used in movie mode)Very quietFast and responsive (faster focus than S1 IS)Stunning movie mode with high quality stereo soundImpressive continuous (burst) shootingGood color, good exposure, generally accurate focus'Punchy' results straight out of the cameraClean images at lower ISO settingsImpressively little distortion for such a large lensEnjoyable and easy to useSwing out tilt 'n' swivel screenAF illuminatorOptional wide and tele adapters.

Conclusion - Cons.

Occasional focus errors - especially at the telephoto end of the zoom in low lightFairly noisy above ISO200No rechargeable batteries supplied in the boxViewfinder and screen can be difficult to see in very bright conditionsImages slightly soft and slightly over-sharpenedChromatic aberration and purple fringingSome problems with blown highlights and exposure in bright, contrasty scenesNo RAW or TIFF modeLimit to highest shutter speed usable at wide apertures.

Ed.

Cirsin wrote:.

Hi..I have MS and am presenting using a Canon S2 IS. Mostly I amusing a tripod or monopod and I like just taking photos of nature,wildlife, family etc. I was thinking of upgrading, but can't spendmore than $800 or so. I think the stabilization helps. I was thinkingof the Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi with the lens kit. I found it tobe lightweight enough for me to deal with, but maybe I should justbuy a better lens (telephoto) for what I have..

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciate. Michelle..

Comment #1

I guess my real reason for wanting to upgrade is because I'm not happy with what I am able to do when taking distance photos especially of birds. The photos get very grainy. Maybe I should put money into a better lens? Not being knowledgable about it, I thought new would be better. That's why I came to you all..you are the experts.Thank you for replying, I didn't know if anyone would...Michelle....

Comment #2

Michele.

Yes, a DSLR with a high quality fast zoom lens will help improve your pictures of birds, but the cheaper kit lens that come with a DSLR will not. So be prepared;You will probably be spending more on the lens than on the DSLR camera body..

Try reading in the Nikon and Canon Lens DPreview forums,.

Search for BIF (birds in flight) and follow some of the discussions to see what the different lenss are capable of..

Remember that when you see a lens such as a 50-200mm, for a SLR. It is actually 1.5 times that, or 75-300mm when placed on a DSLR with the smaller ccd sensor that is most popular in a DSLR. Read up on the sensor size in a DSLR to understand this concept. It is important when evaluating a lens..

But take it slow and see if you can borrow a friends DSLR to try it first. You do not want to spend a lot of money and not be able to capture the shots you want..

Ed.

Cirsin wrote:.

I guess my real reason for wanting to upgrade is because I'm nothappy with what I am able to do when taking distance photosespecially of birds. The photos get very grainy. Maybe I should putmoney into a better lens? Not being knowledgable about it, I thoughtnew would be better. That's why I came to you all..you are theexperts.Thank you for replying, I didn't know if anyone would...Michelle....

Comment #3

One thing I forgot to mention on your present camera is that the review said that your pictures are grainy at ISO above 200.What ISO are you shooting at?.

You should be selecting manual ISO at 50, 100 or 200 for your sharpest shots based on the review..

If not, try this to improve your current shots..

Ed.

Cirsin wrote:.

I guess my real reason for wanting to upgrade is because I'm nothappy with what I am able to do when taking distance photosespecially of birds. The photos get very grainy. Maybe I should putmoney into a better lens? Not being knowledgable about it, I thoughtnew would be better. That's why I came to you all..you are theexperts.Thank you for replying, I didn't know if anyone would...Michelle....

Comment #4

Don't be afraid to buy good quality "used" optics. I got all my Lseries lenses years ago except for a 135 2.0 and 50 1.2. My older L series enses have been through the Amazon twice,chrome mines in S. Africa,bounced around and frozen in the bellies of many airplanes and they would still make fine lenses for anyone.'The moment you think you're great is the moment you quit learning.'http://www.gawalters.com..

Comment #5

The ISO..I'm afraid that I put it on auto and hope for the best. I guess I need to educate myself about this. I'm embarrassed. I did got and read the threads about BIF and the photos are amazing. Then a member says that he/she sat for 3 hours to get it. I may never be able to do that, but I am sure I can get better photos than I am getting...Michelle....

Comment #6

How do I find a telephoto lens? I mean know the "numbers" to get. Again, I am not educated in this and am probably asking stupid newbie questions...Michelle....

Comment #7

The ISO is what we call "the speed" of the film when we shot film..

The lower the number like (100 ISO or ASA as it used to be called) requires more light (exposure) than say 400 ISO. So in a bright sunny day you could probably set the camers ISO to 100....then set it on program and it would do the rest. On a cloudy day you could choose 400 or 800..

It takes awhile to learn all this stuff. After my first year I almost quit and gave up. then all of a sudden it started to make sense.'The moment you think you're great is the moment you quit learning.'http://www.gawalters.com..

Comment #8

(ISO) Ahhh..thank you. I used to know this when I carried my minolta and all those lenses, but it's lost in my middle aged fuzzy brain...

Comment #9

Michele.

Your camera now zooms from 36-432 mm which is a very wide zoom range. By evaluating what you have in focal length, should give you a good idea of what you will require if you switch to a DSLR and other zoom lenses. If you like the Canon camera, go to the Canon website and look at what lens they make and how much each one costs. These will most likely cover a smaller focal length range then what you already have, but they will be of a better quality, and cost more..

Your present camera has a wide zoom range and received a good review, so I would suggest that you spend some time learning more about what you have, experimenting with what you have, before making any rash and fast decisions on expensive lens for a DSLR..

Most important, take it slow and enjoy it.DSLR's will be around for a long time....

Ed.

Cirsin wrote:.

How do I find a telephoto lens? I mean know the "numbers" to get.Again, I am not educated in this and am probably asking stupid newbiequestions...Michelle....

Comment #10

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