A&P Question about buying accessories for SLR

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  1. Dr. Funk

    Dr. Funk OT Supporter

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    Hey guys,

    So I'm wondering what accessories I should buy for my camera. Most of my pics will be daytime nature scene pics. I can't see myself taking many indoor portraits shot as I'd probably take my small Olympus for any circumstances like that.

    The thing is that I can get a deal if I order stuff next week. So I think I may pick up a Bogen tripod but am torn between whether I need an SB-600 or not.

    I don't know how to use the fill flash feature so when do you guys find yourselves using your speedlight the most?

    Any other accessories I should consider?

    Thanks in advance! :)
     
  2. cftofu2k

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    at least 4gb of media storage. i started w/ 2 and it isn't enough.
     
  3. CornUponCob

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    I say just go shoot pictures, and when you find yourself saying "damn, I really need a __________" then go buy one.

    For me, I got a big new lens, so I found myself saying "Damn I really need a monopod for this" so I went out and bought one.
     
  4. Dr. Funk

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    I can get a really good deal on a monopod right now, when do you see yourself using it.
     
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    CornUponCob New Member

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    I'll only be using my monopod when I'm shooting with my Sigma 100-300 f4 with or without extender.

    It's one of those monopods with feet so there's a small chance I might be using it as a low level tripod occasionally.

    I didn't realise I was going to need it till I got the sigma lens. It is hand holdable, but not for 2 hours, and I wanted some extra support anyway.
     
  6. Derrict

    Derrict No, I am not Amish OT Supporter

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    it's only 4 lbs!
     
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    Derrict No, I am not Amish OT Supporter

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    if you don't have filters already, a circular polarizer and/or an assortment of neutral density filters are good for nature photos.
     
  8. CornUponCob

    CornUponCob New Member

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    Plus camera, plus battery grip, plus sometimes 580ex flash.

    4 pounds sounds light but it's quite different when you're actually shooting with it. It's all relative.

    And if you're wondering I'm 6'4" 200 lb, so no, I'm not a weakling.
     
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    Derrict No, I am not Amish OT Supporter

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    I shoot with the 70-200 f/2.8L IS (~ 3.5 lbs), battery grip, 20D and I'm small guy :mamoru:

    I just got the 580ex but the 420ex I've been using only weighs a few ounces less.
     
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    Well if you want to hand hold, that's fine, but when I'm covering an event I know I'm not going to want to hand hold it the whole time, plus the 100-300 does not have IS.
     
  11. Dr. Funk

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    Thanks. I bought a book called "40 Digital SLR Techniques" and hope to learn more about filters, etc.
     
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    IS is a waste of money anyway :o
     
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    Derrict No, I am not Amish OT Supporter

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    You don't hear people that own IS lenses saying so.
     
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    :hsugh: I only hear it from people with IS lenses, hence them not liking it. I don't hang out with people who shoot auto shows though. It's not worth the money, I only have experience with it on the 70-200.
     
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    Derrict No, I am not Amish OT Supporter

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    I don't use the 70-200 for the indoor shows. It's mainly for the races and outdoor events. Mode 2 IS for panning ftw

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    ~ 90% of what I read on the net shows IS users that can't live without it, especially on the longer focal lengths.
     
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    :greddy: i handhold a 400mm f/2.8
     
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    Derrict No, I am not Amish OT Supporter

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    You need to use the :bateman: smiley

    :lupie:
     
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    I carry a 600mm f/2 prototype in my teeth.
     
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    Derrict No, I am not Amish OT Supporter

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    A little accident in vail involving running through things late at night under the influence of things.
     
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    my walkaround setup is 6.8 lbs and I only get 24-70mm :o

    all that mouse moving is good for something
     
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    just got my 430ex today. now my rebel feels about twice as heavy :mamoru:
     

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