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Old Jan 1, 2010, 12:13 PM   #11
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What else? Let's see -

Camera bag for camera and lens
Extra batteries & charger
Extra memory cards
External flash
Flash diffuser of some sort
Photo editing software (Photoshop Elements?)
vertical grip
Circular polarizer
graduated neutral density filter
grey card
rocket air blower
lens cleaning cloth
lens brush
larger camera bag
Remote (you'll want to be in some of those pictures)
Tripod and head

Some other thoughts for further down the road:

Reflectors
Super wide angle lens for vacations
Fast prime lens (50 mm f1.8?)
Step up rings so you can use the filters on the new lenses
Lens hoods for those lenses that don't have them
Larger camera bag
Laptop computer for vacations
External hard drive because the computer's hard drive is full
Better software for editing
A faster computer with more memory
Hundreds of DVDs for backing up your photo files
boxes and albums for printed shots
A better printer
Another lens
A bigger camera bag
A laptop case
Extension tube
Macro lens
A Bigger camera bag
A sturdier tripod and head
Studio type lighting
Light tent
I'm sure there's tons of stuff I haven't thought of right now.

Of course you don't need all this stuff. I'd get the camera and lens(es), a small bag, rocket air blower, either a lens cloth or soft lens brush (or both), extra battery and extra memory card to start with. Use that for several months and then decide what else you feel a need for. Don't buy any extra stuff unless you feel a need for it - many things would be really cool to have but is very specific and might not apply to the type of photography you'll be doing (no, I don't have everything on this list, but I do have some things that I didn't put on this list).

The one point I did want to make is that you'll end up with at least two camera bags - buying a small one in the beginning is a good idea because there's always times you'll want to go light. Plan on later on buying a much bigger bag, one that holds more than what you own. You'd be surprised how quickly it'll fill up with those extra little things you'll end up collecting.
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Old Jan 1, 2010, 12:28 PM   #12
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And a sherpa, pack llama or mule to carry it all!

Don't be scared off, my post was mostly in jest. There really is a whole lot of things you CAN get and it's very easy to get carried away, spending hundreds of dollars on items you'll never use. Get the minimum, set aside extra money for possible additions later on and then only get what you really feel you need, as you need it. Not before.
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a remote is a nice thing. The battery grip is nice but it adds weight and unless you plan on shooting more the 400 pics a day. Not really needed. But lens hoods for your lenses are a very good investment when it is sunny and it protects the lens also. Don't waste the money on uv protectors filters. If you do get filters, get natural density filters instead that does some good.
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Did you mean neutral density filters like tcav mentioned or are natural density filters something different?

Also, has anyone ever read the Canon XSI for dummies book or the Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi/450D Companion? I imagine you guys are beyond these books but I'm wondering which one is better for a beginner
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The Magic Lantern series of Field Guides is preferable to the Dummies Series of books. The dummies series seems to be quite variable in its usefulness.

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The Magic Lantern series of Field Guides is preferable to the Dummies Series of books. The dummies series seems to be quite variable in its usefulness.

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Thanks, are these books geared towards the novice user like the "for dummies series"?
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yes, they are geared for the novice, but are written by professionals, so i would trust their information over the "dummies".
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As Hards just answered-

The Magic Lantern series are one of the most respected and comprehensive series of field guides. You will not regret your choice of this series. They can be easily found at www.amazon.com.

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*cry* I don't see one for my camera. Must be too new to have one yet!
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Did you mean neutral density filters like tcav mentioned or are natural density filters something different?

Also, has anyone ever read the Canon XSI for dummies book or the Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi/450D Companion? I imagine you guys are beyond these books but I'm wondering which one is better for a beginner
sorry for the typo neutral density.
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