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Old Oct 22, 2008, 2:49 PM   #1
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I'm an amateur photographer but I love taking great pictures of family& friends, especially vacation shots.

What would you seasoned veterans recommend to me as the next piece of gear to add to my "arsenal"?

I currently own:

Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi

18-55 EFS IS EF lens

55-250 EFSIS EF lens

28-135 EF IS lens

430 EX Flash

All my gear ismanufactured by Canon

Ialso have a tripod and a functional LowePro Case, all my lenses have clear UV filters on them basically to protect the lens from damage.

Christmas is coming and thewhole familyususally goes in to buy me one item forChristmas, so I need to get my order in early.

Thanks for your help and expertise.


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Old Oct 22, 2008, 4:23 PM   #2
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You might want to consider a wide aperture prime lens 85mm 1.8 is great for portraits, or a 28mm 1.8 or 50mm 1.4even the cheap 50mm 1.8 (only $70) - this last is an inexpensive way to get into shallow DOF photography and see if it interests you before you start spending large $$ on better quality primes.
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Old Oct 22, 2008, 4:59 PM   #3
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28mm f1.8.
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Old Oct 22, 2008, 8:17 PM   #4
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what kind of $$ are they going to spend? if you go for a lot of little things than consider a flash diffuser like an omnibounce. only 20$ and does a great job.
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Old Oct 23, 2008, 7:22 AM   #5
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I got a lightsphere flash diffuser for my 430EX and it was one of the best and least expensive investments I've made.

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Old Oct 23, 2008, 1:24 PM   #6
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100mm Macro lens, capture the micro world!

1.4x extender/extension zoom in on those distant objects...

Circular polarising filter - help bring out those fantastic blue skies.

Neutral density filters(varying gradient density), for some long exposure shots.

Hotshoe level? I keep taking wonky portrait shots!:?


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Old Oct 24, 2008, 9:55 AM   #7
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Which model lighsphere did you buyfor your 430?
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60mm macro lens - razor sharp, lets you try macro photography and doubles as a great portrait/all-around lens. If you don't fancy macro - a fast prime lens in your favourite focal length range: 28mm f/1.8, 50 f/1.4 or 85 f/1.8.
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Old Oct 25, 2008, 10:06 PM   #9
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Do you have any photos posted (like photobucket) shot with the 60mm?

I'd love to see what it can do.

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