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Old May 15, 2006, 11:57 PM   #1
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I'm curious as to what the pros (and professional-level amature photographers)herewould recommend as the TOP 10 accessories for the"newbie" photo enthusiast who has just made the leap from a point-n-shoot to a DSLR camera, andwants to makephotography a serious hobby. The items do NOT have to be limited to photographic equipment (i.e. laptop PC) or even hardware ( i.e. Photoshop CS2orAnsel Adams "Basic Techniques of Photography" Book 1)...whatever, justten "must-have" items to take thebeginner to the next level.

Here are the guidelines...

1) Limit your list to TEN items only.

2) Assume that the ONLYitem already purchased is the camera (body / lens combo).

3) Itemsmustbe applicable to a DSLR platform.

4) Nothing brand-specific, items must be compatible with ANY camera manufacturer.

There is no price limit...but keep in mind thatyour list should beintended for an individualthatwants to make photographya HOBBY (nottheir profession)...and they dont have Bill Gates' bank account.

So...what's your TOP TEN list??
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Old May 16, 2006, 7:02 AM   #2
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1. Speedlight

2. Tripod

3. Polarizer filter

4. Good bag/rucksack

5. Plenty of CF cards

6. Fast PC with anything Adobe (Photoshop, Elements etc).

7. Spare batteries

8. An understanding wife/husband/partner

9. The desire to get up early, stay out late and do what it takes to improve your photography

10.A goodbook
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Old May 16, 2006, 7:56 AM   #3
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I've just started out myself, but I've already bought and sold several things and learned a bit through the expierience. This is what I'd recomend.

0) Camera body (with or without kit lens)
1) Extra OEM Battery(s)
2) 2gb memory card(s) (and usb card reader)
3) Camera bag (I like my lowepro slingshot 200)
4) One GOOD lens, thrify fifty if restrained by budget, sky's the limit
5) Polarizing filter
6) External flash (wireless is good) The onboard one dosent cut it
7) GOOD tripod and head (sturdy is mandatory, pick cheap or light)
8) Remote cable release
9) Photoshop elements (Some swear by other/free software, but as a newbie there are more tips and users of photoshop than any other)
10) The patience and drive to chase the light and think through your photography

Buying good stuff up front means that you wont have to buy it twice AND have it fail at the worst moment. Cheap crap is frustrating and sometimes detrimental to use, like a wobbly tripod or a budget UV filter that causes flare all the time.

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Old May 16, 2006, 9:01 AM   #4
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  1. Tripod[/*]
  2. Backpack or sling bag[/*]
  3. ND filter[/*]
  4. Photoshop elements[/*]
  5. speedlight[/*]
  6. basic photography book[/*]
  7. several memory cards (at least 512mb)[/*]
  8. lens cleaning kit[/*]
  9. extra battery[/*]
  10. remote release

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Old May 16, 2006, 9:53 AM   #5
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1: Visible Dust brush(s) for CCD cleaning
2: Camera bag - I use the Lowepro Mini-Trecker
3: GOOD tripod with GOOD head - I use bogen
4: Extra batteries for the camera (and charger if the camera does not come with one)
5: Memory cards - get large ones 2 plus GB
6; Manufacturers speedlight
7: Polarizer filter(s)
8: Top quality manufacturers lens
9: Lenspen for cleaning your lens(es)
10: USB 2 card reader

Also, get a good book on basic photography that covers shutter speed, aperature and ISO settings and how they interact. Learn and understand how they interact and you will be head and shoulders more advanced than the 'average' shooter.
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Old May 16, 2006, 12:11 PM   #6
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The lists look pretty good to me so far!
Here is mine
  1. one or more speedlights[/*]
  2. **good** tripod and head[/*]
  3. good bag[/*]
  4. Spare batteries[/*]
  5. CF Cards[/*]
  6. Polarizer filter[/*]
  7. Better Beamer[/*]
  8. Cleaning kit[/*]
  9. A good photo course or books.[/*]
  10. A willingness to learn and spend the time to practice a lot.[/*]
  11. Large supply of cash
I have a question though on the people recommending large 2gb+ cards.
I myself use a mix of 512mb, 1gb and 2gb cards and I have had card failures.
The larger the card the more images you are going to loose when it fails.

As for brands I have stayed with name brand Lexar, Sandisk Ultra and Sandisk Extreme cards, not cheep and still they do fail.

I'll just add a starter book suggestion:
A good book on getting a handle on things is

Understanding Exposure by Bryan Peterson

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Old May 22, 2006, 12:27 PM   #7
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Hi everyone!

This is a very helpful thread! I've just started working on great suggestions on these lists.

I'm a beginner DSLR user myself and have a question regarding potential loss of images on memory cards.

What about the "image recovery" software I've been reading about on various websites. Are they any good and has anyone used them?

Here's an example, but I'm sure there are others:


Can anyone shed any light on image recovery software? It sounds too good to be true?

Thank you for the helpful tips so far. :|

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Old May 22, 2006, 8:26 PM   #8
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pmbpro wrote:
... Can anyone shed any light on image recovery software? It sounds too good to be true? ...
Pretty standard stuff. If you ever have problems with a memory card, you should put the card in a safe place and do nothing with it until you have spent a bit of time reading. Searching the forums here would be a good start.

No reason to get that kind of software ahead of having a problem- downloads are quick and there could be a better version by the time you have a problem. With luck and care, several upgrades before you need it.
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Old May 22, 2006, 8:40 PM   #9
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My top ten list:

1) cold 12 pack of beer (best consumed during photo processing)

2) comfortable chair

3) good lcd screen, 19" or larger.

4) fastPC with lots of memory

5) 300gb 7200rpm hard drive.

6) good sound card, speakers and some decent CD's.

7) okay the rest of the stuff, camera bag 2gb CF card, lens cleaning kit

8 okay, how about RAWSHOOTER for some nice RAW processing.

9) website to display your pics and some FTP software.

10) wireless Canon printer (ooh yah, I have the canon IP5200R)

11) Photoshop ELEMENTS for some cool post processing effects.

-- terry
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Old May 24, 2006, 4:45 PM   #10
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Thanks for the info and advice, Bill!

That's true about there being better versions by the time you'd need it. It's just that I've seen some camera kits being sold that included a CD of such software thrown in, but I've never tried it before.

Fortunately, I haven't had a problem with corrupt cards, yet, but at least if it happens, there's a chance to save it (if I don't panic and like you said, just not mess with the card until it can be checked out).


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