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Old Sep 12, 2010, 9:49 PM   #21
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Thanks for all the advice and the link to the workshop. What would you experts buy for your first dslr that you have to use on auto? I also worry that it will take too much post processing. I use Picasa now. I really want to get better photos.

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Old Sep 12, 2010, 10:00 PM   #22
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I am one of the few that let my camera process the photos more. So it is simple to edit later. And I use a T1i and the p mode and auto modes work well. But the pentax is a bit easier step up for a point and shooter. The menu and filters lets are something a point and shooter can understand pretty quickly
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Old Sep 12, 2010, 10:50 PM   #23
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If I got the T1i -which lenses, filters, flash and memory card should I get to start. I'm not going to even consider basketball games at this point.
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Old Sep 12, 2010, 10:58 PM   #24
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I would go with the 18-55 if you want to just start with one lens. If you want a telephoto right away the 55-250 is a good second lens.

Flash the canon 430 exii, metz 48, or nissin di622 are good options.

Memory card, get a good class 6 or better. Transcend, scandisk, panasonic, delkin or laxar are all good cards.
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Nobody mentioned it but i would like to add, if you want to indoor low light shoots, you should also consider a camera which creates less noise at higher ISOs and i guess Pentax can beat them all, am i right?
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The pentax is a bit better then the canon, but very close to the sony's and nikon in the noise department. But the canon does shot action a bit better the the pentax. So it really a tough call. It is a give and take.
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Thanks so much. I'm going to price these on amazon to see what I can afford. Should I also check for used lenses somewhere-maybe ebay?
I thought that the canon would give me more options if I did learn to use it. Not sure if that is correct. Will also consider the k-x.
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the canon does give you more lens option down the road over the pentax. That is the biggest advantage canon has over all the other brands. Nikon comes in a close second in the lens department when considering the higher level dslr, but with the dxxxx series the lens option is not that much more then the pentax.
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Old Sep 12, 2010, 11:22 PM   #29
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Are the lenses that come with the camera on amazon good ones or do I need a certain brand?
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Old Sep 12, 2010, 11:23 PM   #30
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the 18-55 comes with the camera. the second lens is the canon ef-s 55-250mm IS.
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