A&P Hate to ask a noob question V. 40D lens

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  1. houseofgrafix

    houseofgrafix PM ME I DONT GIVE A FUCK OT Supporter

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    I'm about to buy a 40D and I'm trying to see what lens would be a great starter.
    I'm going to be taking outside pics of cars and action shots. Some of my new son and so on.

    There is one for 984.00 free shipping and it comes with a
    Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 Zoom

    sounds like a ok deal.

    Or would I be better off getting a body and a lens from somewhere else

    Sorry for a noob question but i search a little and did not find anything too good

    Thanks!
     
  2. nine

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    what kind of quality are you after, what kind of lighting situations do you want the lens to work in?
     
  3. adamlewis88

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    High 9 is what the body is selling for right now with rebates. The 18-55 is an OK start but its just that. If youre looking to do more you may want to save some money and get a little bit better lens. The 40D should stay around that price until mid-June when those rebates are over.
     
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    And oh yeah..

    How old is your son?
    Shots of him doing what? Playing sports? Sitting around inside? Sitting around outside?
    Pictures of cars sitting or moving?
    What kind of sports?

    The 18-55 is really too short for ANY sports but its definitely too slow (aperture-wise) for indoor sports.
     
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    I hated the 18-55, i got the 28-135 IS kit instead
     
  6. houseofgrafix

    houseofgrafix PM ME I DONT GIVE A FUCK OT Supporter

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    Son is only 3month now so just pics inside and some in natural light.
    As far as cars I want to start with sitting ones and them move out to track days. I will be going to sema later this year again

    I know i have a very vague idea with what i want to do but i'm looking for a very good overall lens to get better on.

    Then later on get a few different ones when i get more cash.
     
  7. houseofgrafix

    houseofgrafix PM ME I DONT GIVE A FUCK OT Supporter

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    I guess like outside natural lighting..
     
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    houseofgrafix PM ME I DONT GIVE A FUCK OT Supporter

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    Why did you not like it? What made the 28-135 IS better??
     
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    The 18-55 is an ok focal length for indoors but youre going to want to make sure the area is well lit. Outdoors will be fine but you wont have much reach.

    For cars, its also fine. If you go to http://ohsnapphotography.com/ohsnap/ , then go to the "main menu" and look at the automotive stuff from Seth Byers. It may not be the best stuff in the world, but he did almost all of it with an XT and an 18-55. Moving cars may be a challenge though. Youre definitely going to need something longer than 55.

    The 28-135 may be "better" only because it a little better quality than the kit lens and it does cover a wider range.
     
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    the kit lens might be okay. just save your money because you'll outgrow it quickly.

    or you could get a cheaper body and a better lens.
     
  11. houseofgrafix

    houseofgrafix PM ME I DONT GIVE A FUCK OT Supporter

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    Thanks for the great info! I think the 28-135 is the one i will do up
     
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    houseofgrafix PM ME I DONT GIVE A FUCK OT Supporter

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    Dont worry I will be saving my money from day one for lens!
     
  13. Sympathy

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    I got a nikon D80 + kit lens when I had my son.
    Like adamlewis88 said, the kit lens was okay to start off with, but I rarely use it anymore. The sharpness, bokeh (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bokeh), and ability to take pics in low light situations weren't happening.
    For your first lens after shooting with the kit lens, i'd recommend the canon 50mm 1.8. I got the nikon version and I used it a lot. Also, since you're going to be taking a lot of pics indoors, i'd recommend getting a flash. The onboard camera ones are usually sucky.
    Here's a website that has good beginner photography info:
    http://web.canon.jp/imaging/enjoydslr/index.html

    post some pics! :wavey:
     
  14. OlafBeserka

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    Get the kit lens and sell it. With the money you make get a 50mm f1.8
     
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    isaac86hatch This thread sucks

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    I see a used ($375-425) 70-200 f4 L in your future.
     
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    Tamron 17-50 2.8 + 70-200 F4/L
     
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    That is some good info there! Thanks so much!
     

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