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02-18-2010, 05:10 PM   #1
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Beginner's kit bag

I recently came into some money, and seem to have caught some camera bit buying bug.

Can anyone see any "essential" piece of equipment that I should have but don't in my bag? My gear is in my signature below.

If it makes any difference, I shoot just about anything/everything I see (perhaps except people.. Landscapes, pets, clouds, cityscapes, lightning, sports, etc etc etc..

02-18-2010, 05:18 PM   #2
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On generl principles, I'd say you're "missing" something "fast" - large maximum aperture. For faster shutter speeds in low light but also to let you capture shallow DOF effects. But whether or not that is something you're interested in is another matter.
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I think you're missing the most important of all..a memory card!
I don't see it listed in your signature..
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Well not sure its in the "Beginner" price range, but i think i would say DA* 50-135. Even though you have the 70-300, the IQ would probably still be better at 135mm cropped then with the 300mm. Just my opinion. I've messed around with the Sigma 100-300mm F4, Sigma 70-200 2.8 and still i think the DA* 50-135 is the better of the 3.

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I'd best fix that eh?
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the 50 as your "fast" lens, you should shoot people, city landscapes can be litter with the pesky buggers
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I think what you're missing most is any limited primes.
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Looks to me, based on your signature, that you are a zoom person. Still, pick a focal length and get a prime in that length. I personally like the DA 40 or 70, but you could even look at an older manual focus one. It changes your view point on things and will change the way you look at scenes.

There are always more lenses, but it is best to add them slowly. By the way, I have to agree with Steve about the image quality of the 50-135. It is amazing.

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i can snaffle a da limited 40mm for a reasonable price - the reviews look good, but it mentions concerns about applications. what would you use the 40mm for?

i don't mind paying for a 50-135mm - over it's lifetime it'll work out to less than 1 cent per shot hehe, and i'll get an aweful lot of use out of a good lens

thankyou all again for the tips. this is by far the friendliest and most helpful forum i've come across for anything .
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cleaning stuff (lens tissue, brush, air blower etc)
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QuoteOriginally posted by schitzengiggles Quote
i can snaffle a da limited 40mm for a reasonable price - the reviews look good, but it mentions concerns about applications. what would you use the 40mm for?

i don't mind paying for a 50-135mm - over it's lifetime it'll work out to less than 1 cent per shot hehe, and i'll get an aweful lot of use out of a good lens

thankyou all again for the tips. this is by far the friendliest and most helpful forum i've come across for anything .
The DA 40 is a tiny lens. You stick it on your camera, you walk around and take pictures. To me, it is close to a 'normal' lens, but a little longer. Can take nice portraits with it. The beautiful thing about it is the colors, contrasts.

I'll just stick a couple of photos taken at the Cincinnati zoo here -- snapshots, nothing more.



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a bunch of Enerloops and extra SD cards should be inside the bag
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You don't mention software in your signature. If you don't already have it I'll recommend you pick up Photoshop. I've heard people say Photoshop is not for beginners, but I think just the opposite is true. I started with it early and grew into it and I'm really glad I did. I had all kinds of fun with it right from the beginning. It's worth every penny, and will take your photography (and your digital art if you are so inclined) to places more equipment in the bag never could. Buy a couple of good books along with it and let the fun begin.

Since all you have now are zooms, I'll also suggest a nice compact "do everything" prime lens. For me that means a "normal" focal length, about 35mm on your camera. The DA35Ltd is a spectacularly good example, and will allow you to do some high quality macro work as well.
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i'm using the trial edition of lightroom at present, contemplating registering.. i might try photoshop before i purchase lightroom?
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ooh.. a spot of bother now!!... 35mm macro limited or 40mm limited??!!
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