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What to get for new camera? First time photographer. Any kits availabke?

 
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Nov 23, 2011 19:06 |  #1

Pretty sure I need:

Battery
Charger
Bag
Tripod
Memory Card

What else do I need? I think these 5 are good for me. Does anyone know if there any deals online for these accessory kits? Or should I buy them all separately?




  
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Nov 23, 2011 19:52 |  #2

Add a flash. And a good circular polarizer (B+W MRC, Hoya S-HMC or HD, or Heliopan SH-PMC). And you're going to be better off buying individually than looking for a kit, since kits will give you whatever's cheapest to make up the combination, and you'll end up replacing it down the road when it fails.
The basic Canon camera will include a battery and charger. If someone tells you they're "extras, you really need to buy them", cancel the order immediately, and notify your credit card company that you want a new card with a different number. A second battery can be a good thing to have, as can (if you travel) a second charger. Go to Sterlingtek (external link) for those.

Any "deal" tripod will be a waste of money. Figure on around $200 for a good tripod you won't need to replace within the first couple of months (we have a tripod sticky here and lots more threads available via the Forum's Search function or the "similar threads" list at the bottom of every thread).

Bags - personal preference and a question of how much you'll want to carry in it. Some of us have extensive collections for a variety of situations:

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In my opinion, you can't go wrong with a Domke bag - rugged, sturdy, weather-resistant, and easy to work out of. Backpacks may be weather-resistant, but generally fail to meet the other criteria I mentioned.

Memory cards - Most current cameras will let you put 300 or so RAW files (and about 4x that in JPEG) on an 8 GB card. Unless you shoot a whole lot every week, that's more than big enough. My brand of choice is SanDisk. Others will recommend Transcend or Lexar, but SanDisk has, day in and day out, the most consistent reliability (they have had batches of bad cards, seems to pop up every 2-3 years, but only in limited size ranges). Most other brands are problematic.

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Nov 24, 2011 14:23 |  #3

You should have gotten a battery and a charger with your camera and you will obviously need memory cards. After that I would get a tripod and a camera bag. Then it depends on what kind of photography you are doing, sports, portrait, landscape, ect. One lens that is cheap and actually a steal is the Canon 50 mm f/1.8 (aka fantastic plastic/nifty fifty) which you can pick up at B&H for $119.




  
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Nov 24, 2011 16:46 |  #4

You're going to need some of the "basics" you've mentioned, but before you get too caught up in the gear/gadget mania with your new hobby...

Also pick up this or something similar:

http://www.amazon.com …aphs-Camera/dp/0817439390 (external link)


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Nov 24, 2011 21:24 |  #5

stevewf1 wrote in post #13446756 (external link)
You're going to need some of the "basics" you've mentioned, but before you get too caught up in the gear/gadget mania with your new hobby...

Also pick up this or something similar:

http://www.amazon.com …aphs-Camera/dp/0817439390 (external link)

+1 for the book Understanding Exposure. There is nothing better than getting the basics down.




  
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Nov 25, 2011 18:06 |  #6

tomphot wrote in post #13447640 (external link)
+1 for the book Understanding Exposure. There is nothing better than getting the basics down.

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...and, don't go crazy on the protective and/or cleaning stuff. A Rocket Blower and a little caution should be all you need. The LCD screen is fairly durable and not expensive to replace. And, a lens hood seems to provide better protection than a filter.


Replacing my Canon 7D, Tokina 12-24mm, Canon 17-55mm, Sigma 30mm f/1.4, 85mm f/1.4, and 150-500mm with a Panasonic Lumix FZ1000. I still have the 17-55 and the 30 available for sale.

  
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