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Feb 08, 2012 15:09 |  #31

mike_311 wrote in post #13848352 (external link)
leave this forum before you start getting gear lust.

This.


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Feb 08, 2012 15:30 |  #32

mike_311 wrote in post #13848352 (external link)
leave this forum before you start getting gear lust.

So true.


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Feb 08, 2012 15:34 |  #33

2OP: the only thing you may want to spend money on is a good external flash like 430EXII. If you do any portraits in limited lighting (like inside the house) it would make tons of difference.

I really wouldn't spend any more money on any gear until you've used camera for at least 5-6 months, know what you like shooting, know your equipment, know it's limitations, and what you need to overcome them to match your tastes. Otherwise you may spend money on one thing and later wish you'd bought the other.

The kit lens is not bad, and coupled with the flash it should work fine for starters.


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Feb 08, 2012 15:52 |  #34

That sounds good, my only concern is a zoom. My sons start baseball in about 6 weeks and I would like some close-up shots while they play. The seating area is about 60-80 feet from the field and I'm afraid my current lens will have too much field and not enough subject (lost in the background). I may be underestimating my lens, I haven't even taken it outside yet due to rain/snow.


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Feb 08, 2012 15:55 |  #35

Get the Canon 430EXII flash for it, you'll find out the on camera flash just doesn't cut it. You'll want to experiment with bounce and off-camera lighting to obtain dramatic and best results. It's all the flash most people will need.


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Feb 08, 2012 16:04 |  #36

Don't shoot in full auto mode (green box) unless you have to. Learn how to select which focus point you want to use (most use the center point). Sounds like you won't really need an external flash so go for a zoom, sky is the limit there, depends on how much you want to spend. Welcome!


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Feb 08, 2012 16:11 |  #37
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Sell it and get a 5D2.


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Feb 08, 2012 16:20 |  #38

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Sell it and get a 5D2.

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Feb 08, 2012 16:31 |  #39

Thanks!

So the on-camera flash is pretty crappy in comparison to the 430 EX II?

Also, looking at zooms is like looking through a Chinese phonebook, lol. I'll probably wait a month or two for a zoom, but I definitely want to get one before baseball season starts.


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Feb 08, 2012 17:15 |  #40

Welcome.:)
Read through the manual and carry it with you. If you don't want to carry the whole manual you can find the e-copy on your included disks or visit the Canon website for the pdf.
Get familiar with the free software on your disks, too. It is all you need until you outgrow it.

You might want an extra battery, depends on you. Ditto for memory card.
Possibly a tripod in the future. Sturdy. Wind won't shake it. Cheap usually doesn't = sturdy.
Probably a flash, but decide for yourself.
circular polarizer?

Some of the best advice posted in the forums:
"Buy what you need only when you notice a shortcoming with what you currently have and not your skills."
"Get out and USE your camera".

If you are more of a visual learner, perhaps a dvd or two? I enjoy the ability to pause and replay until the concept penetrates my thick skull.:rolleyes:
Magic Lantern does some, as does Blue Crane.
Another book: Canon T31 from Snapshots to Great Shots (external link) Watch for the Magic Lantern book as well.

When I get a new camera, I play with it on stationary objects, then wind blown flowers, nice moving small animals, then larger animals and finally children and larger moving objects. Snails move really fast. Children get grumpy during camera fiddling. {Still remember facing into the sun while Dad metered and metered and metered for a few snapshots.}

If you really want some fun for you and your boys, have the kids pick things for you to shoot. Toys, outside walks, whatever.
They could line up a series of toys head on to lens and let you try focusing at different distances and see what happens. You learn your lens features and abilities, and they help.
Some of the most amazing images in the show me your set-up thread came from weather boredom. Candles during a power outage, holiday lights, flower bouquets, bowls of candy are all fair game.

Zoos are fun in the winter- more intrigued animals enjoying staring at humans. You learn how to make the cage wires vanish too.
Gardens do not have to be about flowers only. Art, textures, and patterns are interesting, as well as macro shots. Cloudy days = fewer people to walk into your shots.

Know that you will have some trash-worthy shots with a few keepers. Everyone has been there. Keep on trying.




  
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Feb 08, 2012 17:22 |  #41

You need the other half of the equation, post processing software. Hobbyists go for software like Elements, Aperture and some web-based services. The learning curve is a tad steep, but you can continue to process as you learn new and more complex techniques. Good luck!


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Feb 08, 2012 17:22 |  #42

Amamba wrote in post #13850963 (external link)
2OP: the only thing you may want to spend money on is a good external flash like 430EXII. If you do any portraits in limited lighting (like inside the house) it would make tons of difference.

I really wouldn't spend any more money on any gear until you've used camera for at least 5-6 months, know what you like shooting, know your equipment, know it's limitations, and what you need to overcome them to match your tastes. Otherwise you may spend money on one thing and later wish you'd bought the other.

The kit lens is not bad, and coupled with the flash it should work fine for starters.

this is what i should have done but i fell for the 24-105 L lens and sold my kits lens lol


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Feb 08, 2012 18:40 |  #43

Ace and Deuce wrote in post #13851377 (external link)
Thanks!

So the on-camera flash is pretty crappy in comparison to the 430 EX II?

Also, looking at zooms is like looking through a Chinese phonebook, lol. I'll probably wait a month or two for a zoom, but I definitely want to get one before baseball season starts.

The on-camera flash uses the camera battery so battery life is greatly shortened. The external flashes utilize their own batteries. This is another reason why they work out really well.


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