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Old May 11, 2010, 3:38 PM   #11
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IS stand for image stabilization, so does VC, VR, and OS.

Yes OP stand for original poster
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OK - I'll bite. What is it about this situation that requires IS? If the OP is in the house, 70-200 or 70-300 is the wrong lens without flash - period. If the OP is outdoors, at f4, shutter speeds of 1/320 are easily obtainable? What is it about the OP that suggests they'd be using the telezoom at slow shutter speeds?
If, for instance, the kids are in the far corner of the backyard, under a tree or in the shadow of a tall fence, the shutter speeds are going to get slow quick.
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Old May 12, 2010, 9:55 AM   #13
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one of you mentioned getting secondhand lenses... where's the best source for that? online??
Most camera shops have a selection of secondhand lenses. They are often
out of sight on a dusty shelf at the back of the shop because the staff would
prefer to sell you a brand new lens.

On-line auction sites like eBay are a good source of new and used lenses.
Always cast a suspicious eye on any listings for photographic equipment.
Along with laptop computers and smart phones, cameras are high on the
list of dodgy items sold by fraudsters. Check the sellers previous record,
read feedback carefully and pay by credit card using PayPal or a similar
secure payment service. If it looks too cheap, think twice before you buy.
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If, for instance, the kids are in the far corner of the backyard, under a tree or in the shadow of a tall fence, the shutter speeds are going to get slow quick.
Shadow is why fill flash is so important. Additionally if they're playing, they're moving. So if your shutter speeds are that low anyway you're going to have blur that IS won't help. If it's that dark that you can't get 1/320 at f4 then you should be using flash anyway to get decent photos.
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Old May 12, 2010, 5:06 PM   #15
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allright... so here's what i'm going to get.
t1i w/ kit lens
430 ex speedlight
canon 55-250
canon 50mm f/1.8

that should be sufficient to get started, right?????
now.... to learn how to use it all!
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That is a very good starter kit, but if you want to save a little bit

the metz 48 af-1 flash is just as good as the 430 exII and a little more powerful at 200 dollars
the nissin di622 is about the same as the 430 exii and it is 180 dollars

And you will only be at 1300 dollars for the kit, throw in 100 for a good bag, and 70 for extra batter and a good sdhc, and you are still under 1500.
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Looks like an excellent start.
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can you tell me exactly what kind of battery to get to have for backup, as well as the best sdhc?
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a good sdhc card for the t1i would be a 8gb or 16gb class 6 card or better. transcend, delkin, kingston, sandisk, panasonic, laxar are all good brands. battery ebay lp-e5, or you can get flashpoint's ones at adorama, they are a little bit more then ebay's no name brands.
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can you tell me exactly what kind of battery to get to have for backup, as well as the best sdhc?
You have four options:

1. Buy an original Cannon battery which is quite expensive.

2 Buy a replacement battery with a well known brand like Duracell.

3 Buy a cheap battery on eBay.

4 Don't bother, the life of the Canon battery is good enough for several hundred shots

I went for option #3 http://myworld.ebay.co.uk/super-electronics-uk/ I'm sure you can find a supplier closer to home.The battery is labeled as 1600mAH. It seems to last a bit longer than the Canon battery. The quality of construction and weight compares well with the original Canon product and it fits the camera perfectly.

For HD video, Canon recommend a class 6 or better SDHC card. For general photography, regular class 2 or 4 cards are ok, but they will reduce your sustained
burst speed a bit.

I use an 8GB class 10 Silicon-Power card and I have a couple of 4GB class 4 cards from the local supermarket as backup. The fastest cards are Sandisk 30MB/s, but they are more than twice the price of class 10 cards from Transcend and Silicon-Power. My 8GB Silicon-Power card manages sustained write speeds of 16-20MB/s. My 4GB class 4 cards can only manage about 7-8MB/s. My speed tests were done using a PC and USB2 card reader.

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