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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 08-31-2004, 12:45 PM Thread Starter
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i just bought a camera too.

not super brand new, but i don't mind because i bought it so i could learn.

CANON EOS Rebel XS 35mm SLR







and hopefully a new lens too.
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i just bought a camera too.

Man, I think I need my head checked. WHen I first went through this thread I read "Nikon" until I saw "Canon" on the front of the camera. Wow. Definitely need head check.

The Rebel is a great starter Digital SLR. I almost bought one myself just to have a D-SLR.

You have the 35-80mm lens and are hoping to get the 50-200 I take it?

Zoom lenses, though all the rage these days, really aren't good for complicated shots, but they are nice for their versatility.

Unfortunately one problem with most digital SLR's (until you spend a lot of money) is that they have partial frame CCD's. That is, they don't actually shoot the whole 35mm film equivalent. Therefore, (in canon's case) there is a 1.6x zoom effect. In other words, instead of 50mm lens being a normal-aspect lens as it is with 35mm film photography, something like a 30mm lens is.

Congrats on the new cam! It really is a great starter D-SLR
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i just bought a camera too.

yeah, you need your head checked a couple of times. it's not a digital slr (which is why it says 35mm slr ).

and yeah, i want to get the 80-200mm (not 50-200).
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Get a fixed-aspect 50mm too... they're cheap and the best lens you can possibly get. Most shots should be taken at 50mm ("normal" aspect). Wider angle (less mm lens) will bloat hte pic outwords, zoom lenses (more mm) will flatten the image.

But also, there's some massive benefits to fixed lenses that variable lenses can not match, once you know how to use them.

But like I said earlier, variable lenses of course have their benefits too.
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i just bought a camera too.

how cheap?
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i just bought a camera too.

It's actually better to learn on a non-autofocus camera, but it depends what you want it for. You'll get more use out of an AF of course, since you can use it for snapshots more easily.
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i just bought a camera too.

wtf is it with ya'll and these deluxe cameras?

I lost both batteries to my Canon S400 and it's been sitting very sad on my desk for a month now


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i just bought a camera too.

I bought a Rebel G several years ago and have learned a lot about photography as a result...it's auto mode takes great basic pictures, and it's got a lot of features that with experimentation will allow you to take even better ones.

And the price isn't too bad for all the features...I paid like $350 for mine 7 years ago

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i just bought a camera too.

Nice camera Flipped... I have a big brother to it called the EOS Elan IIe as well as an older Canon A1, which is similar without the autofocus. I recently sold a Canon AE1 since I wasn't using it any more.

I also have two old Minolta's (SRT-Super and SRT-303b) as well as a Yashica TLR.

I say all that because for most shooting now I find I stick with the Elan :-)

ZoomZoom was right. A good fixed length 50mm would be a nice addition and as he said, it's the "normal" aspect lense for 35mm. Personally I tend to prefer wide angle lenses like a 20mm or 24mm but that's because I like the big expansive shots. For those I go with a fixed lenese too since I hate the vignetting you get with a zoom while shooting at the wider end.

One thing to remember, film is the cheapest part of the equation (although that seems to be changing) It's not unusual to shoot through a roll of film and only come up with one or two shots worth holding on too. The main thing is to just have fun with it.


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