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Jun 26, 2011 06:42 |  #1

Hi. I am currently using the canon 450d with the standed kit lenses and a wide lens i bought for travel.
It has been a great starter kit but i am looking for better quality photos and i am not sure if i should buy a new camera or sell my kit lenses and get a better all rounder lens.
Any suggestions on lenses would b greatly appreciated.




  
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Jun 26, 2011 06:57 |  #2

I'm not real familiar with the 450D, but the usual comments one hears about this dilemma is to put your money toward good lenses, which you will have *forever*, before upgrading your camera body. There'll always be newer and better camera bodies com ing on the market, and while the same can be said, albeit with much less frequency, for lenses, I tend to think one holds onto a good lens for a good long time, if bought right.


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Jun 26, 2011 20:18 |  #3

Better lenses and/or technique. The 450D is more than capable of taking great images.

Can't really make any suggestions because you've given no information as to what you like shooting or what you need though... One that I can make though is the 55-250 IS, which is currently on sale for $150 at target (if you're in the US), which is an amazing lens, and for that price, well, just get it. Nothing else comes close that doesn't cost at least 3x more.


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Jun 26, 2011 21:15 as a reply to  @ Sirrith's post |  #4

450D = XSi. A good compliment to the 18-55mm kit lens is the 55-250mm lens.

Depending on your style or what you look to shoot, you can focus on specific set of lenses.


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Jun 26, 2011 21:17 |  #5

Definitely lenses. I'm still shooting my XT with some great glass :).


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Jun 26, 2011 21:33 |  #6

Sirrith wrote in post #12662145 (external link)
Better lenses and/or technique. The 450D is more than capable of taking great images.

This!!!


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Jun 26, 2011 21:38 |  #7

Since you have a camera, and if you're serious about improving as a photographer, invest it the following order...

1. Your knowledge and technique (classes, workshops, second shooter/assistant, etc.)
2. Your lenses (beginning with the world of inexpensive f1.8 and f2.8 primes)

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Jun 26, 2011 21:42 |  #8

stacepearl wrote in post #12659195 (external link)
... i am looking for better quality photos ....

What exactly is wrong now? When I see someone asking about a hardware upgrade to get better quality several things pop into my mind.
1. Are the current pictures poor quality due to technique? If so, then a hwd upgrade will do nothing to improve and the easiest way to get better quality would be a change of technique.
2. Are the current pics of poor quality because you need to shoot at the extremes of the cameras capabilities? If so the a hwd upgrade may improve picture quality but at a significant cost.
3. Are the pics of poor quality because the wrong hwd is being used? I see many nature photogs trying to capture some of the bird shots the guys with the 500mm or 600mm lenses are getting and they are shooting with the 55-250. You're just not going to get the same shot. Upgrading hwd will help but at significant cost.

So, can you post up a few pics that you believe are poor quality and maybe through those better advice can be given.


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Jun 26, 2011 22:08 as a reply to  @ gjl711's post |  #9

OP should post specifics on what they need or find lacking.

Perhaps a flash is what's needed rather than lenses or a new body? :confused:


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Jun 27, 2011 00:31 |  #10

If you wish to upgrade the kit lens, consider the Tamron 17-50mm non-VC. It's a great upgrade. Or if you can afford it, grab the Canon 17-55mm IS. Ide get either one of those before upgrading your body.


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Jun 27, 2011 01:19 |  #11

Lens will make a big difference, especially if you get a different type of a lens to complement the lens you have. For example for travelling, an ultrawide is pretty great and open up a new compositional ability.

Unless you find your camera is limiting your ability to make photos, I don't think upgrading bodies will make any significant difference.


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Jun 27, 2011 03:18 |  #12
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stacepearl wrote in post #12659195 (external link)
Hi. I am currently using the canon 450d with the standed kit lenses and a wide lens i bought for travel.
It has been a great starter kit but i am looking for better quality photos and i am not sure if i should buy a new camera or sell my kit lenses and get a better all rounder lens.
Any suggestions on lenses would b greatly appreciated.


I have said that when facing a crisis in my photography when I first had my 400D, it wasn't the body or the lenses I had, it was me that was really poor at photography. Not that I am calling you rubbish or anything. More pixels or better lenses doesn't mean better photography.

Editing skills is also a factor in good photos




  
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Jun 27, 2011 17:00 as a reply to  @ RichSoansPhotos's post |  #13

Thank u all for your help so far.
I am a beginner and do blame myself a lot of the time. I have had this kit for almost 3 years and have taken more interest in the last 6 months.
Most of my photos are landscape and nature. I do have a Wide lens I purchased for travel last year and love it.
After a lot of research I have decided to upgrade lenses and sell my kit lenses now just the choice of what lens to buy I am willing to spend around $1000 Australian dollars.
Thanks for the advice




  
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