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Old Jan 27, 2010, 3:06 AM   #1
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ok, been looking at Digitalrev (on ebay) with an international warranty and here some of the options.

Would love some feedback and input into which you think is the best starter pack for a beginner, thanks!

500D body
plus 18-55 IS Kit lens AU$909.00
plus 50mm/1.8 AU$989.00
plus 18-55 IS Kit lens + 50mm/1.8 AU$1,033.00
plus 18-55 IS Kit lens + 50mm/1.4 AU$1,369.00
plus 85mm/1.8 AU$1,319.00
plus 85mm/1.8 + 50mm/1.8 AU$1,443.00
plus 85mm/1.8 + 50mm/1.4 AU$1,779.00

I love scapes but will be saving up for either canon 10-22mm or Tokina 11-16mm for that purpose (along with some other lenses ).
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Old Jan 27, 2010, 7:39 AM   #2
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Welcome.

If it was me I would get the kit lens and the 50mm 1.8. You may want to wider angle that the kit lens gives you then a fix length of the 85 and 50 until you get the wider lens. The kit lens is quit a good lens actually, and it is very sharp. It is the lens I use to take my scapes and building allot. Also the price of the 50mm 1.8 is so low that it does not add much cost. And it is a wonderful little lens.
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I would just get the kit lens. Get used to using that, working out what you can and can't do and see where you are struggling. Sounds like you will want wider angle, but you might find you want better low light or more creative control, or possibly it could be you want more reach. You won't find this out until you've shot for a while. Also many people go and buy many lenses and don't really get to understand photography which is what will make a huge difference in the quality of results.
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I agree with Mark 100%. Just start with the kit lens. He stated the reasons and I agree whole heartedly with them.
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Old Jan 27, 2010, 8:37 AM   #5
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Thanks for your replies

Since posting this, I have decided to get a 500D body, a Tamron 17-50mm lens and a Canon 50mm/1.8 lens. Very excited!!
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well congratulations are in order.

but i would have got the kit lens, the money you spent on the 17-50 would have went along way towards an ultrawide. tokina's older model the 12-24 (which I own myslef) is amazingly sharp and holds distortion in check quite well, and can be had for less than the tamron 17-50.
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Congratulations! The 500D is a fine camera, and the Tamron 17-50/2.8 and Canon 50/1.8 are great lenses.

17mm might be ok for landscapes, but something wider would be better, unless you stitch images for panoramas, in which case 17mm might be too wide.

Have fun!

And come back and post some of your shots!
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Old Jan 27, 2010, 2:27 PM   #8
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Congratulations. I really am enjoying and using the Tamron 17-50. Since I've had it, I have not used the kit lens so to me that was a good choice instead of what I did buy the kit lens then a year later buy the Tamron too.

The 50mm f/1.8 should be good, but if you're like me you'll end up using the Tamron more often and I would have saved up to get the 85mm f/1.8 for more reach, nice portraits, and it works nicely for indoor basketball too. But of course I don't know what your subjects will be.

Hope you post some photos.

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well congratulations are in order.

but i would have got the kit lens, the money you spent on the 17-50 would have went along way towards an ultrawide. tokina's older model the 12-24 (which I own myslef) is amazingly sharp and holds distortion in check quite well, and can be had for less than the tamron 17-50.
I actually got the Tamron for only AU$459, it normally retails for around AU$720/$750 so I did well

For my UWA lens I am going to get the Tokina 11-16 i think.
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Congratulations! The 500D is a fine camera, and the Tamron 17-50/2.8 and Canon 50/1.8 are great lenses.

17mm might be ok for landscapes, but something wider would be better, unless you stitch images for panoramas, in which case 17mm might be too wide.

Have fun!

And come back and post some of your shots!

I am going to get the 11-16 Tokina for landscapes, what are your thoughts on that lens? I was going to get the canon 10-22mm but have read more cons than pros for that lens.
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