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Aug 04, 2010 01:56 |  #1

I am new to the DSLR photography. I have a canon compact camera that I love but would like to get into the more professional side of photography. My main focus is going to be portraits whether they be family, solo, senior pics, and what not. I want to eventually turn this into my profession.

With that being said, I am wondering what a nice camera would be to get started with. We sell the Canon Rebel XS at my work so I would get a discount there, but I am trying to invest in something that will last me and help me make money before buying high end equipment.

Any suggestions/help is appreciated.




  
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Aug 04, 2010 01:57 |  #2

What is your budget?


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Aug 04, 2010 01:58 |  #3

Zerimar wrote in post #10658744 (external link)
What is your budget?

guess i forgot that, I am shooting for around 700-800 for camera/lenses to start




  
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Aug 04, 2010 02:06 |  #4

if you could get a fairly decent discount on the xs as a kit from your work the I would suggest adding a 50 f1.8 and potentially a 15-85. Those seem rather popular.


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Aug 04, 2010 02:10 |  #5

well when doing some reasearch (i know this is a canon board) i found the nikon d3000 with 18-55 VR & AF-S DX VR 55-200mm F4-5.6G for 749.99 which puts me right about the range i want to be.
My discount is 10 percent so id get the XS for about 500 bucks which leaves 2-300 for lenses. Honestly i am new to this so i have no idea what a 50 f1.8 is




  
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Aug 04, 2010 02:14 |  #6

if the xs comes with an 18-55 kit lens, get a 50 f1.8 and a 55-250.

the 50 f1.8 is a prime lens that gives a pleasing depth of field and is good for low light conditions - They run for $100 or so. The 55-250 is a great telephoto lens for the price. They are like $220


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Aug 04, 2010 02:15 |  #7

oh right on, sounds pretty good. Is this camera effective when taking shots of people? Obviously ill use it outside on vacations and family events, but the main reason is to start a business i can grow




  
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Aug 04, 2010 09:27 |  #8

zancha wrote in post #10658750 (external link)
guess i forgot that, I am shooting for around 700-800 for camera/lenses to start

I said the same thing, but after a few weeks I ended up getting a 5D classic with a 50mm 1.4

My point is, try to see if you can test some camera in local camera shop, or from friends. Good luck !!


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Aug 04, 2010 13:00 |  #9

The XS is a good little camera so if you can get a discount on it that might be the way to go.

A good fast prime would be a nice lens to add as well. Personally I would skip the 50 1.8 and go the 1.4 or the sigma 30mm 1.4. I didn't like the 50 1.8. I found it slow focusing, bad in low light and noisy. But for $100 it doesn't hurt much to try it.

I would start with a rebel and a decent piece of glass and practice, practice, practice. Then upgrade to better gear if you are still into it...




  
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Aug 04, 2010 13:02 |  #10

zancha wrote in post #10658787 (external link)
well when doing some reasearch (i know this is a canon board) i found the nikon d3000 with 18-55 VR & AF-S DX VR 55-200mm F4-5.6G for 749.99 which puts me right about the range i want to be.
My discount is 10 percent so id get the XS for about 500 bucks which leaves 2-300 for lenses. Honestly i am new to this so i have no idea what a 50 f1.8 is

what about a discount on other Canon models? you may find the XS (1000D) limited. Maybe spend a little more and get a newer model like the T1i (500D) or T2i (550D)




  
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