A&P First Post: me and GF wanna get a DSLR: help me learn

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  1. Maestro Nobones

    Maestro Nobones Great Job! - GLAD DADS CREW

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    she's about ready to drop money on a kit, I just saw in the main that kits are garbage and to post here to get help on what to buy.

    we're looking to spend probably $5-600. she wants to do a lot of macro shooting and I want it for action.

    We're both total noobs, we have been looking at the Canon Rebel XT.

    thanks in advance for any help!

    edit - she has instant gratification syndrome and is foaming at the mouth for a new camera NOW :rofl:
     
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    more like your 24,801th post, amirite


    anyways I'll make the same recommendation I always make, used 20D and a tamrom 17-50 2.8
     
  3. Maestro Nobones

    Maestro Nobones Great Job! - GLAD DADS CREW

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    so whats the deal with the kit lenses being shitty? what is wrong with this kit (the one my gf was ready to drop money on if I hadn't seen a post in the main)

    http://www.tvsdepot.com/product.php?id=22914&ref=froogle

    I take it this is some cheap offbrand lens or something?

    and yeah first post in this subforum lol
     
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    i wouldn't shop there.

    http://www.resellerratings.com/store/FotoConnection_1

    the issue isn't with the brand, it's with the capability of the kit lens. but with your budget there aren't really too many options.
     
  5. Maestro Nobones

    Maestro Nobones Great Job! - GLAD DADS CREW

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    I thought that site looked fishy. thats a great link!
     
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    yeah not only are we limited in budget but we also are very novice to SLR grade cameras. I have not used a good camera in over 10 years and she only has p&s experience.
     
  7. Maestro Nobones

    Maestro Nobones Great Job! - GLAD DADS CREW

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    also I just read the other active thread just like this one, here on the front page of the forum :uh: very informative, thanks :rofl:
     
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    few things...bookmark that resellerratings link. There are always cheap deals going on, most if not all are done by shady businesses. don't go for the cheap prices, they are almost always bait and switch deals.

    The kit lens will not do macro shots, you might be able to do close up shots, but nothing like macro.

    buy a used body, then buy a different lens...there is a Sigma 18-50 macro lens which is very good in IQ and will give you good macro capability.

    this is not a cheap venture if you want to get quality stuff.
     
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    how big (or small) are the things you want to take pictures of?
     
  10. IntheWorks

    IntheWorks windin film.. takin pics Moderator

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    action in the bedroom amirite :naughty:

    but srlsy
    5-600 budget is going to be stretching it thin for what you want. I'm assuming your "action" is BJJ/MMA? it's really going to be hard to find a lens that will suite both your macro needs, and your action needs.... for a macro lens I'd suggest something like the tamron 90 f/2.8 macro.... for the action, maybe an 85 f/1.8.... should give you the reach you need, and it's super fast... but you're going to be well over your 5-600 budget.
     
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    the 18-55 kit lens is not as bad as everyone says. its a great starter lens to find out what range you like the most
     
  12. Maestro Nobones

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    thanks for your help (direct and indirect) guys. we went with the canon XT with the kit lens (ef 28-90mm f/4-5.6III) as we don't have the budget to get any sort of nicer lenses, but we are also total novices so we wouldn't be able to get much use out of a higher end lens at this point.
     

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