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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Nov 2007

    Off into the deep end

    I've been lurking here for quite some time, gathering information from all the smart folks so that I could make the most informed decision possible when buying a new camera.

    I've been going back and forth for weeks over what to buy.... Nikon, Canon, full frame, small sensor, etc. Then after learning that (as a beginner) my money would be better spent on lenses (instead of a camera body) while I learn, I spent more time researching lenses. Primes, zooms, L glass, EF-s mounts....

    You get the picture.

    Well today I just stopped worrying it and splurged. Rebel XTI body, EF 24-70 f/2.8 L, 70-200 f/4 IS, and the grip/battery (since I have big hands). B&H shipped everything today and tomorrow I should have my new toys.

    I have been using an 8 MP camera Sony point and shoot for the past couple of years but as I've learned more about photography, I have really started to notice the limitations of the camera.

    We have 3 cats, 2 dogs, and 2 kids so I will be taking a lot of pics around the house and in the yard. We also get a lot of wildlife walking around the property and I am hoping to get some good , up-close shots with the 70-200.

    Anyway, thanks for sharing your knowledge with newbies like me, I hope that I can do the same for another noob in the future.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    God's Country - Australia
    nice setup you have there. you're gonna love the new toys. if budget permits i would also grab a flashgun for indoor shots of the kids. those little buggers are too fast to nail effectively without one.

    enjoy your new setup.
    D800e l V3 l AW1 l 16-35 l 35 l 50 l 85 l 105 l EM1 l 7.5 l 12-40 l 14 l 17 l 25 l 45 l 60 l 75

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Feb 2006
    Des Plaines, IL

    Thumbs up A new where's-the-light club member

    Well, may I be the first to say: "Welcome to the world of high-priced imagery."

    You and your wallet should become darn good friends in the coming years. I know I've squeezed mine pretty good ... acheiving better images through light collection.

    A good rule is ... the lower the light ... the lighter your wallet.

    Congratulations ... and get those shots.
    Don Schap - BFA, Digital Photography
    A Photographer Is Forever
    Look, I did not create the optical laws of the Universe ... I simply learned to deal with them.
    Remember: It is usually the GLASS, not the camera (except for moving to Full Frame), that gives you the most improvement in your photography.

    flickr & Sdi

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Thank you both.

    Rooz, where were you when I was ordering stuff this afternoon. I can't believe I forgot to buy a flash. I am going to blame "sticker shock" for my lapse of concentration.

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