crazybus wrote:You should make sure you handle whichever DSLR you buy enough beforehand to get a good feel for whether it is comfortable and intuitive enough for your liking. Your not going to want to take pictures with a camera that is uncomfortable or frustrating.
themattman wrote:I'm just throwing around ideas, but here is a draft of what I think would be a good setup. I plan on getting more into photography this summer so I can develop some good picture-taking skills.
Canon Digital Rebel XSi 12MP Digital SLR Camera with EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens (Black) - $899.95
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Camera Lens - $86.28
Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4.0-5.6 IS Telephoto Zoom Lens - $260.99
Kingston 2GB Secure Digital Memory Card - (2)$10.68 = $21.36
The above adds up to $1268.13
I would need a camera case as well, which would probably cost around $100. My 2407WFP-HC has a SD reader on the side, so I do not see the need for a separate reader unless it is much faster.
That gives an estimated total of around $1400.00 for a complete setup. Am I overlooking any components or is there something which would cut the cost?
Thanks everyone for your responses.
JJCDAD wrote:You'll probably want a flash unit also. Your wallet will cry.
bryanl wrote:IModern digital cameras have some compensation to reduce blurring. Nikon tends towards lenses that compensate for camera jitter while Canon (If I recall correctly) tends to prefer in camera digital manipulation for the same effect.
Digital IS == ISO boost. AKA worthless if you know what you're doing. Some of the Panasonic/Leica lenses also have optical image stabilization.Usacomp2k3 wrote:For DSLR's both Nikon's VR and Canon's IS are lens-based. It's camera's like Alex' Olympus that have it in the body.
Only P&S's have digital IS AFAIK.
The good thing about inexpensive telephoto lenses is that they are cheap. The bad thing about inexpensive telephoto lenses is that they're cheap, and "you get what you pay for", while accurate for most camera gear, becomes progressively more pronounced with increasing focal length. f/5.6, even with stabilzation, is a bit of a buzzkill...and that's setting aside "quality" in general.JustAnEngineer wrote:To reach out further, you may want to add the new $270 EF-S 55-250 mm f/3.5-5.6 IS telephoto zoom lens that you mentioned. This inexpensive telephoto includes Canon's excellent optical image stabilization to compensate for camera shake. This will not help with fast-moving subjects, but for stationary subjects, it allows you to take hand-held photos at much slower shutter speeds than would otherwise be possible. A clear image at 1/15s without a tripod is impressive.
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