Hi to all.
Literally completely new to photography in general. Believe it or not I made it almost 30 years without ever owning a camera. Bought my first one a while back - Canon A610. Was astounded by the pictures it took right out of the box. Unfortunately - it took a recent drop off a counter and was destroyed. tried several new compacts and was totally disappointed at their performance. - so after sitting on the fence long enough for the grass to completely cover me - I finally dropped (maybe just plain fell)over to the slr side.
pulled the trigger last night - and did my part to keep the economy (and amazon.com) going - here's my loadout:
rebel xs kit
55-250 IS lens
50mm 1.8 lens
hoya uv filter
I also signed up for a local beginner class for learning how to use an slr
my first main goal (other than how to learn to use the silly thing) is to learn some indoor/outdoor portrait skills. (I am going to need them later this fall - but that's another long story)
I wrestled with the xs/xsi quite a bit - eventually the almighty dollar made the call for me.
now the question is how deep into this am I? and am I missing anything essential with this setup? I don't intend to go beyond casual shots - really just basically trying to duplicate what the 610 could, with better indoor shots of the family and some better low light stuff. Can anyone recommend any online sites/books/guides that will assist me. I plan to shoot the crap out of the camera this spring - but it appears that just shooting away blindly with an slr doesn't exactly work the same way a P&S will
PS - there's another 610 also on it's way to me courtesy of ebay.