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tjbrock42
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Aug 15, 2011 22:32 |  #16

I was in a similar situation several years ago and went with the 40D and 17-55 IS. There was no 7D back then, but I am glad that I decided to start with a 40D. It is plenty of camera. The 17-55 IS was awesome, but it was kind of overkill and not exactly what I wanted. I ended up selling it and went with mostly primes instead. I picked up a Tamron 17-50 (similar IQ to the 17-55 without IS) for less than half the price for similar walk around needs.

If I was you, I would spend less money on the body. Put the extra money towards a couple of lenses and a flash. Maybe pick up a macro lens, telephoto zoom lens, or an Ultra Wide Angle lens in addition to whatever general purpose zoom you pick.

What do you plan on shooting? Kids, travel, sports, architecture, wildlife, bar/club, something else?


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Aug 15, 2011 22:52 |  #17

tjbrock42 wrote in post #12942569 (external link)
If I was you, I would spend less money on the body. Put the extra money towards a couple of lenses and a flash. Maybe pick up a macro lens, telephoto zoom lens, or an Ultra Wide Angle lens in addition to whatever general purpose zoom you pick.

I agree generally, although as I mentioned before, I would start slow (where "slow", here, refers to how quickly one acquires lenses) and cheap on the lens side of things.

The lenses I generally recommend to new DSLR shooters are the 18-55 IS, the 55-250 IS, and the 50 f/1.8.

That combination will cover you from wide angle all the way to long telephoto, and will give you ultra wide aperture capability as well, and will give it to you for very cheap: around $500 for the set. That's less than what many/most lenses cost individually.

Combine that with the 40D and you'll wind up with a very useful setup for $900. That setup will make it possible for you to learn the basics and will enable you to experience pretty much everything you need to in order to make informed decisions about where to go next.

Frankly, it's possible you may not need to go any further than that. You can do an enormous amount with just that:

18-55 IS for general walkaround and landscapes.
55-250 IS for telephoto -- birding, sports, etc.
50 f/1.8 for indoor, low light, shallow depth of field. And its focal length is just right for head and shoulder portraits.


You may find you want or need to upgrade from that, and that's perfectly fine and natural, but at that point you'll have the expertise to know exactly what you want and why.


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Aug 15, 2011 23:07 |  #18

Yeah, this is probably good advice. Although you can probably splurge on one of the purchases so you are a little more excited about it. :)

Or heres an idea...

Spend they extra money on a trip for you and the wife and practice using your new gear.


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Aug 15, 2011 23:13 |  #19

OP, if you are dead set on a 7D, then, I would recommend you to buy a body only and then buy either a Tamron 17-50 f/2.8 or a Sigma 17-50 f/2.8.



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Aug 16, 2011 00:08 |  #20

7D+Tamron 17-50 f2.8 = $1850
60D+Tamron 17-50 f2.8 = $1300

If u need a fast DSLR for action like birds, sport etc, then no doubt 7D, otherwise go for 60D.


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Aug 16, 2011 01:04 |  #21

the OP didnt say anything about the 18-55 he asked about the 15-85 or the 17-50

i would say go with the 15-85 and use the money saved for another lens, something longer....55-250?

the 15-85 is a great lens and has IS as well as the 17-50 but weighs a lot less, so not only do you get more reach the only thing your loosing is a constant 2.8. but this is just my opinion...


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Aug 16, 2011 01:56 |  #22

kcbrown wrote in post #12942669 (external link)
The lenses I generally recommend to new DSLR shooters are the 18-55 IS, the 55-250 IS, and the 50 f/1.8.

That combination will cover you from wide angle all the way to long telephoto, and will give you ultra wide aperture capability as well, and will give it to you for very cheap: around $500 for the set. That's less than what many/most lenses cost individually.

Combine that with the 40D and you'll wind up with a very useful setup for $900.

I concur almost completely; finances permitting, maybe the 50D could be considered instead though.

Andy R wrote in post #12943270 (external link)
the OP didnt say anything about the 18-55 he asked about the 15-85 or the 17-50

The original post was edited after it was pointed out that the 18-55 IS USM referred to in it did not exist.




  
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Aug 16, 2011 22:36 |  #23

Hi,

Thanks again for the replies.

Just to close the loop. I ended up buying the 7D with the kit lens (15-85 IS-USM). As much as I would have loved to get the 17-55 IS USM I just couldn't part with the extra $600. I was thankful they didn't have one in stock:p

So now it is reading time and practice - and I get to add a list (although short) of my equip in my signature!

Thanks Again

Cheers


PS: How do you add that list of equip?


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Aug 17, 2011 00:34 |  #24

click on "quick links" at the top of the page, then down the "edit signature" and type away :D

grats on the purchase


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Aug 17, 2011 00:35 |  #25

Congrats! You have to go to the User CP tab and edit your signature there.. You could do this also: https://photography-on-the.net/forum/showthre​ad.php?t=138747


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Aug 17, 2011 05:39 |  #26

I think you made a good choice! 15-85mm is a great range to start with, and the 7D will last you many years. Once you see where you need more performance (ultra wide, telephoto, portraits, low light, etc...) then you can start building your lens setup around that.


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Aug 17, 2011 06:22 |  #27

Hi,

Thanks again for the replies and the advice!


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Aug 17, 2011 07:45 |  #28

kcbrown wrote in post #12942120 (external link)
Oh, no, it's a horrible lens. Absolutely terrible.

:rolleyes:

[Note to the sarcasm-impaired: look past the build and you'll see that the lens, particularly the IS version of it, is very good]

Great shots with that Horrible lens


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Aug 17, 2011 07:46 as a reply to  @ tjbrock42's post |  #29

Lucky dog. Still waiting for the green light on a 60D! Must be all the m43 stuff I bought this years.

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Aug 17, 2011 07:52 |  #30

General_T wrote in post #12948792 (external link)
....I ended up buying the 7D with the kit lens (15-85 IS-USM)....

Congratulations, very good choice, this lens is one of the best for general use.


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