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Upgrading to a SLR

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Dec 13, 2009 07:03 |  #31

It looks like the XSi may be the way for you to go. If you're looking to buy new, it won't be a problem to get the body/kit lens set for under $600. Tack on about $150 more and you get both the 18-55 and 55-250, which will most definitely get you going.

If you think you'll want to add the heavier lenses later on, definitely get the grip. My dad has the T1i and some heavy lenses and it definitely helps balance them better. Of course, the grip can wait until you get ready to start adding heavier lenses, unless you've got bigger hands like my dad does and find the grip makes the camera more comfortable to hold, period.

I can definitely appreciate the lens upgrade suggestions, but if a more expensive lens would put too much of a strain on your budget, then just stick with the kit lenses. What is most important is that you just start somewhere. You can always upgrade to better glass later on. :)

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Dec 13, 2009 08:48 |  #32

watt100 wrote in post #9187278 (external link)
What? "L" glass is overrated? Blasphemy !

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Dec 13, 2009 13:33 |  #33

30D, but if you can find a few extra $$, 40Ds are coming down...

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Dec 13, 2009 13:41 |  #34

Diamond Dave wrote in post #9177570 (external link)
You won't find the 30d at Best's discontinued...

That's true... but the suggestion was to go handle one of the Rebel series alongside one of the XXD series. A 50D at Best Buy is similar enough to the 30D in size, weight and control layout to judge if one likes it or the XSi better... just for ergonomic feel.

Oh, and L glass is very nice stuff.... But not necessary for a lot of folks. If you win the lottery, hey go ahead and get the "holy trinity" 24/1.4L, 50/1.2L and 85/1.2L (sub in 35/1.4L or 135/2L as you see fit)... But the "unholy trinity" 28/1.8, 50/1.4 and 85/1.8 will be a lot easier to haul around; you'll worry about it less; it will cost far, far less; and the lenses will focus faster and be generally easier to use.

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Dec 13, 2009 22:53 |  #35

I went to bestbuy today and checked out the XSI and 50d. I really liked the 50D top screen and ergonomics so I will be sticking with the 30D. I know the 18-55 and 50-250 kit is supposed to be a great budget kit, but I would much rather get one 18-135 or something in a similar zoom range since I wouldn't use the long end of the telephoto too much. Right now I am leaning towards the Sigma 18-135 and then a 50mm 1.8

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