what digital SLR and lens would you recommend for a beginner?
Hi folks!.

I am new in this forum but have been visiting this websites for years now. I am really a fan of photography. now, I decided to pursue this and invest. I have enlisted in a photography class here in shanghai. but still now I am not decided which camera and lens I should buy..

I like canon because I have tried using them and for me their technology and lens quality. 40D is promising. what do you recommend?.

For the lens, what would you recommend? I need one which is good for weddings, events and sceneries. I hope to have it in just one camera..

Please help.....LITRATISTA...........

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It doesn't really matter which camera you get; all modern DSLRs can produce excllent image quality and have more than high enough resolution. In general the more expensive ones cost more not because they will produce better pictures, but because they have more facilities that could be applied to more unusual situations (e.g. fast burst rates for action / sports photography; weathersealing for photos in extreme weather conditions; more robust build for long-term heavy use). If you are not planning to take your camera into a desert or a monsoon, and are not planning to take 10,000 shots per year, there's no point paying for a mechanical build quality that you don't need, for example..

If you ask people what type of camera to get they will, as often as not, recommend what they have. There are legions of happy Canon, Nikon, Pentax etc. owners out there who all like their own camera. If you have had good experience with Canon gear than you might as well go with that; they are certainly as good as any and they have an extensive range of lenses etc. for future expansion..

The new 40D looks like a great camera. You could take pictures just as good with a Rebel XTi (400D) and have more money left for lenses; remeber that it is the lens that determines the picture quality more than anything else, so don't spend all your money on a new body with lots of whizz-bang facilities and then stick a cheap lens (like the Canon 18-55 kit lens, notoriously poor) on it - save a chunk of your budget for a good lens. if you want a one-lens solution the Canon 17-85, Sigma 17-70, or (for a wider range at the expense of poorer image quality) the Tamron 18-250. You could get an XTi body and one of these lenses for the same price as the 40D with kit lens; that's what I would do for the money. of course if you can afford the 40D body AND a better lens then, why not....

Have funMike..

Comment #1

I use a Sigma 17-70 with good results and typically shoot F4 indoors and F8 out. I also use a Zenitar 16 Fisheye as an ultrawide...

Comment #2

Go to a camera store (not a Best Buy). Play with all of the cameras. Ask questions. Buy the one that feels the best in your hands/the one you feel the most comfortable with..

There are no bad choices out there. It is all a matter of personal taste. Maybe if you have very specific needs a particular brand might be better than another. But for the overwhelming number of DSLR users, the brand is not important.

Comment #3

The canon 17-55 and tamron 17-50 seem to be popular for the crop body. the 24-105 is a nice lens but I like the way it works better on the 5D (likewise with the 24-70). if you want an L lens then I think the 17-40 works well on the crop body (that's what I stick on the 30D for my wife to use as backup on our shoots)..

Or if you prefer to stand back a bit then maybe a 70-200..

For wide angles the 10-22 is fun..

For the lens, what would you recommend? I need one which is good forweddings, events and sceneries. I hope to have it in just one camera...

Comment #4

Thank you all for the valuable inputs.....  it seems there is a concensus on the lens!.

I'll let you know next time what lens and camera i'll pick! but I totally agree, the lens is really much important and worth investing than the camera body! .

Have a nice day!.


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