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    I want to start photography

    I'm planning on picking up photography soon what are some recomondations from people who are more experianced then i am for a good starter kit if you will i dont really wanna spend more then 2500 on it for right now
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    anyone???
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    Yo- my friend just picked up a canon rebel xti - it's a 10.1 MP SLR that retails for well under $1000. That should free you up to spend another grand on lenses and whatnot. It's a really good starter camera with all kinds of capabilities. If you want to go higher end on the body, the canon 30d is the next step up. I know nothing of nikon so I'll leave that for the nikon people on the board, and there are many of them. Everyone has their preferences between those two, but when it comes down to it, they're really comparable in build, quality and price.
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    coo thanks man
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    $2500 can get you alot. Get a used 20d or rebel xt, 18-55mm 2.8f, 50mm 1.8, and some decent zoom telephoto like the 70-200mm f4. You will be set for alongtime before you want or need any other lenses.

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    Quote Originally Posted by c00lbeans View Post
    $2500 can get you alot. Get a used 20d or rebel xt, 18-55mm 2.8f, 50mm 1.8, and some decent zoom telephoto like the 70-200mm f4. You will be set for alongtime before you want or need any other lenses.
    sweet thanks a lot man
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    Honestly, I would first spend my money on books/classes and learn as much about photography before I invested in any expensive equipment.

    http://www.amazon.com/Understanding-...e=UTF8&s=books

    http://www.amazon.com/Photoshop-Digi...e=UTF8&s=books

    start reading the forums at www.photography-on-the.net
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    Title: I want to start photography

    First, you can't start photography. That's already been done, a very, very long time ago. Sorry, I couldn't resist.

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    Brad, that's no fun. Half of the fun is spending the money then feeling remorseful about it afterwards. j/k

    Your point is good; however, for my feeble brain, I always found that while I could learn techniques from reading, it was the practical application that pulled it all together. Seeing the results is what solidifies learning for me. (see feeble brain comment above)

    +1 for c00lbeans
    I'm a big believer in buying (quality) used equipment. Look where professionals frequent the forums for the best equipment at a fair price. Personally, I avoid eBay - too many horror stories. If I'm going to spend $$$$ on equipment it will be from someone with a good reputation as a photographer, as well as a good rep for selling their equipment to other photographers who can vouch for him.

    Prices of DSLR bodies plummet quickly, but good lenses (Canon L-series, Nikon high-end) hold their value well over time. Buy the best body you can justify and need based on your type of shooting - IE: sports, etc., but splurge on glass. I have lenses that have outlasted all the DSLR bodies I've owned.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chanwahyaoh View Post
    Honestly, I would first spend my money on books/classes and learn as much about photography before I invested in any expensive equipment.

    http://www.amazon.com/Understanding-...e=UTF8&s=books

    http://www.amazon.com/Photoshop-Digi...e=UTF8&s=books

    start reading the forums at www.photography-on-the.net
    (Do lots of searches, read the FAQs, then ask lots of questions)
    I am actually going to start taking up photography also, I was looking at some classes and talking to people who have taken those classes and they say you need to have a digital SLR at least at your disposal. The person I talked to who had gone thru the classes said he started by borrowing, but he needed it so much the person who owned it got kinda upset and he just bought his own. That is just here in my area, I dont know about yours, or where Newks is but it may be the same.


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    Quote Originally Posted by dsel View Post
    Yo- my friend just picked up a canon rebel xti - it's a 10.1 MP SLR that retails for well under $1000. That should free you up to spend another grand on lenses and whatnot. It's a really good starter camera with all kinds of capabilities. If you want to go higher end on the body, the canon 30d is the next step up. I know nothing of nikon so I'll leave that for the nikon people on the board, and there are many of them. Everyone has their preferences between those two, but when it comes down to it, they're really comparable in build, quality and price.
    I cannot seem to find any info on anything higher than the canon rebel xti, like the 30d you mentioned. I have a canon powershot s2is right now, so I would like to stick with canon since I know how to use it.. Somewhat..


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    whatever camera you buy, buy better lenses.

    if you buy a $1500 camera & a $100 lens, you will probably be really upset with the quality. as TurbeauxREX said, lenses hold their value, while bodies lose their's as they age.

    i would recommend handling the camera's and find one that fit's you. don't get caught up in teh megapixel debate

    decide what you are going to photograph. this will help you choose what equipment to buy.

    also read alot before you make the purchase.

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    I started with a rebel XTi and the 50mm1.8. This setup will keep you well under 1k and when you realize the limitations of the nifty 50 you will know exactly what you want.

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