A&P Upgraded from P&S/SLR combo to an EOS 20. HALP

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  1. yexy

    yexy New Member

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    I've had a Canon PowerShot P&S/SLR hybrid thing for the last year, and didn't think I'd be able to afford a better camera for a loooong time. Last month my husband's uncle emailed me with a list of cameras and lenses that he didn't need anymore and I managed to end up with a Canon EOS 20D with two lenses that he's letting me make payments on. I am delighted, but uneducated in the realm of 'real' cameras. I've been reading Jcolman's photography thread and the camera manual (Had to look it up online) but I am still not entirely certain what I have and what the lenses are best for. Can you help me out, OTAP? :o The first lens is a compact zoom lens EF 80-200mm and the second is an EFS 17-85mm.
     
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    Thanks for those! They'll help. Basically I'm trying to figure out what my two lenses are for; if I've got a hold of good macro lenses, sport/action lenses, portrait lenses or what. I'm pretty clueless on any lens that isn't a p&s. :(
     
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    17-85 is a jack of all trades type of lens. It's a good "walk-around" lens.
     
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    Yeah, I'm not buying anything else, just trying to figure out what mine are best suited for.
     
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    20D. :wavey:

    As THE doctor xylophone stated, learn the basics before investing anymore money into the hobby.
     
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    learn these 3 things and what they do:

    shutter speed
    aperture
    ISO
     
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    Holy crap. I know what ISO, aperture and shutter speed do. My previous camera had all the manual settings and I know how to use them. I am asking about LENSES, since I am not familiar with the different types and what they are used for!
     
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    ohh

    misinterpreted the thread title

    well, lower mm is wider, higher mm is longer

    in a nutshell thats all there is to it
     
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    That makes a lot of sense, now that someone's said it. :p Thank you. I am less confused now.
     
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    the lens you have are good

    get a 50mm 1.8 to mess with, its cheap. like 60 to 80 bucks
     
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    Ok, good to know!
     
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    lucky you
     
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    good luck and have fun
     
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    If you have anyone around you that is knowledgeable, you'll learn a lot while "on site" shooting with them. There's only so much you can learn from reading. Hit up Flickr groups for local meetings or gatherings.
     

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