A&P So, I went out for a bag of milk....

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  1. fatmoocow

    fatmoocow bored OT Supporter

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    and ended up ordering an XTI on amazon. :eek3: I got the EF 50mm f/1.8 II rather than the kit lense. :noes:

    It will be here Wednesday. Should I go with the cannon grip? What other accessories do I need?
     
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    kit lens might not be the greatest, but it's a lot more practical than the 50mm 1.8. did you get any other lenses?
     
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    congrats!

    I'd look at getting the 24-85 before the kit lens, it's one of canon's forgotten lenses that can be had for cheap (sub $200 used) and is fairly good

    the grip is nice on the XTi, especially if you have big hands
     
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    fatmoocow bored OT Supporter

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    No not yet. Too broke. I figured the 50 will give me a chance to play with a little better glass and a little simpler setup rather than the kit. I want to focus on taking close up shots of things like boobs and vaginas anyway.
     
  6. Sympathy

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    penny pics
     
  7. Spurious

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    I just started so take my advice with a shot of MacCutcheon.

    I got a Canon XT, a 50mm 1.4 (nearly the same as your 1.8, except for build quality) and a Sigma 70-300 4-5.6 APO DG Macro, an Opteka camera grip that came with 2 batteries, 2 58mm Canon UV Lens Filters (protects your lens from dings, dust, etc), a Canon Hood for the 50mm (for show), A cheap tripod with liquid levels, an SLR Gorilla Pod and a 2GB Sandisk Ultra CF card.

    If you have big hands at all, you're going to NEED a grip for the XTi, the Canon version of the grip is almost twice as much and doesn't include extra batteries (you'd need to purchase an additional battery), but if you're a perfectionist, it is the superior grip. But the Opteka version is %89 as good and comes with 2 hi-capacity batteries.

    I don't recommend getting the Sigma lens I have if you intend to take serious photos at the higher end of it's focal length. It's a sharp lens to about 200mm and the macro is nice, but in the end it is a consumer quality lens that wont stay with you when you upgrade.

    If you need a 100+ focal length lens for serious photography, you should look at the Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L, the L at the end of the aperture indicates that it's one of Canon's high-end lenses and the quality of the photos show it. It's not cheap, but for L glass, it's worth it. And stay far away from Canon's 70-300mm non-IS lens.

    OT's favorite every-day lens is the Canon EF 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5, and for good reason. It gives you consistent, sharp images throughout the focal range for a very reasonable price. It should be your next acquisition.

    You may feel a little limited by the 50mm prime, but when you stop it up to 2.2 or more, you'll be very pleased with it's high-end optical clarity and sharpness. And your right, the kit lens is a sub-par lens, but it's better than having nothing to cover that range.

    Be sure to post up your first batch of photos, I'm interested to see what you can do.
     
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    8 posts and this thread is already funny as hell
     
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    During my research here I've heard it mentioned more often than anything else. But I prefaced it with I'm a nub for a reason.
     
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    :werd: anyone with "DSLR Crew" or even worse "DSLR Crew (soon)" should be ignored.
     
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  14. Derrict

    Derrict No, I am not Amish OT Supporter

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    The 1.4 is much better than the 1.8, more than just the build quality.

    The 1.4 has USM, so the autofocus is quieter, faster, and more accurate. The 1.4's bokeh is much smoother. I forget how many blades there are (7 or 8) but the 1.4 bokeh is more circular. The 1.8 has like 5 blades, so the bokeh shapes are pentagonal. The 1.4 also has less vignetting than the 1.8.
     
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    True, but why would I bog down a fellow noob with all of that? For what he's doing and will notice, the difference is very small. Sorry for not being elitist enough.
     
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    so basically, you gave him all of this advice based on reviews and shit?
     
  18. dano

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    Buy a kit lens off someone who despises it. Even though it's not that great of a lens, you'll quickly get pissed off with the fixed focal range of the 50.

    I have both lenses and do use the 50 more often based on quality alone, but if I'm going some place where I don't know what I'll be shooting the most I end up using the kit lens. You'll be pretty pissed off when you can't back up far enough to get a shot of what you want.

    They're cheap. Find one.
     
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    the 1.8 was my first non USM lens, its so funny how loud it is when your focusing with it
     
  20. Spurious

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    No.
     
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    How can I say "I just started" and you totally ignore that but my un-updated user-text is just fine to base a whole theory of who I am and how much I shouldn't be giving advice. I didn't come in here like I know everything, I prefaced it for that very reason. I'm sorry I don't have a max of 4 whole years under my belt like Mr. Fucking pro 22 year old over here talking like an old fucking sage.
     
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    the kits lens is absolute trash, you can get a used 24-85 for marginally more then a kit lens ($150ish) and it blows it out of the water

    it's USM so it focuses fast and quiet, it's internal focusing, the image quality while not L glass is way better then the kit lens, and it's got full time manual focusing

    I used it for almost a year to replace my kit lens, it's very underrated
     
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    some good info in here, a lot of trash, and some entertainment. excellent.
     
  24. Jhegro

    Jhegro wtf is a jhegro?

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    save up 300 bucks, get yourself a tamron 28-75. great starter lens.
     
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    Derrict No, I am not Amish OT Supporter

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    Because there's more than just one person who might read this info?
     

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