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Old Jan 12, 2010, 5:39 PM   #11
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Originally Posted by JohnG View Post
50mm 1.8 lenses are often a great entry into shallow DOF - both canon and Nikon have them for about $110.
Yea, I'm looking to pickup this lens as my first lens purchase since it's so inexpensive. I'd like to try my hand at it before spending considerably more for the 85mm. Mostly for some shots of the kids when I can, and portraits.
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Old Jan 12, 2010, 5:58 PM   #12
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I volunteer to be the elephant in the China Shop. As I see the underlying issue here is simply this: buying a more expensive camera such as a DSLR camera like the Canon XSi or the T-1, does not automatically produce better photos by default.

JohnG is a very well skilled photographer and he could produce good looking photos from a Canon SX-200. It is his skill that make a very substantial difference. So perhaps going to a super zoom or a bridge camera and really developing your photo skills rather than depending on those very convenient Scene Modes, would better position you to take advantage of the feature set offered by a good DSLR camera.

Like it or not, we are an instant gratification society. If we don't initially get very good photos from our DSLR investment, or even our super zoom investment, we become easily discouraged in a rather short time period.

The ways that you can avoid that discouragement is to stick to your desire to become a better photographer by creating a firm or even a written plan and following it, or even taking a few courses, or reading some good reference books that will get you moving toward your goal.

Sometimes learning is more difficult that you might suppose. Just understand that a new camera is not necessarily a free pass to better photos.

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