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I would recommend a Class 10 Memory card with this camera. I have owned mine for about a year, and it does take very quick shots (for the first 5-6, after that it slows down due to transferring the data to the sd card), and that is with a class 10 card; I can't imagine if I had kept the class 2 that came with it.
All in all, AMAZING shots on this, and I am nothing more than a run of the mill point and shoot photographer.
Sometimes it's the "tool", not the operator that makes the shot!
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I have the XSi (12.2MP Version of this body) and if this is anything like its only slightly newer counterpart it is an amazing camera for the price. So here is a quick Top 10 recommendations list for the new comer to armature photography.
1: Buy the Battery Grip - it’s well worth the money to have that extra battery, but it also really helps when tasking portrait shots with button relocations. (I recommend the Canon brand grips but as they are around $100 some people tend to buy generic like Digital Concepts for half that or less)
2: Go ahead and buy 2 brand new extended like batteries for that new grip. My XSi can shoot for hours and hours (around 2500 photos) with my battery pack.
3: Buy a Class10 16GB SD Card. Amazon basics makes a great card as to SanDisk and Transcend and A-Data, Kingston (list goes on) all of which are less than $20 these days. So don't waste your time on a 4GB or 8GB Card since these are just as fast and in Raw monde on this camera should be able to hold as many as 1200-1500 I would think. (In just Large JPEG I'd bet that number is closer 10000.
4: Don't get too wrapped up in Telephoto lenses, but if you do buy one, make sure it has image stabilization. My favorite one for these cameras is the Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Lens which does cost around $450 but I mention it because unless you plan to do photography professionally don't spend any more than that on any single lens (within reason) unless you plan later to purchase something like a Canon 5D.
5: Buy a great Macro lens. A good armature Macro lens should honestly cost you at least $250 and again maybe as much as $500.
6: Don't think you have to buy all Canon brand lenses. Sigma, Tamron both make decent lenses for the amateur at affordable prices.
7: Buy a speed flash. I'm not saying go out and buy the massive 580EX, you can buy the much more affordable 420 or 430EX flashes (still around $200 mind you) and get great results. The built-in flash is okay, but no substitute for a real flash.
8: Buy a flash softener/filter. It's a cheap $5-$20 cover for your flash which helps to eliminate the hard flash affects you see in photographs like RED EYE and hard shadowing.
9: Get a bag. So you went and bought this big camera and all these accessories. Make sure you get a proper bag to protect them in. Style and taste are up to you but 100's of options exist. I prefer the backpack type myself.
10: Buy the book. Buy two even, buying a generic dummies book or something is fine and all, but make sure you buy at least one book that is written around your camera. David Busch for example has a rather great book as do many others (no I don't know him I've just owned a couple of his books). You'll find buying a camera specific book is well worth the $20 price tag.
Having that book and a few good lenses and knowing not only what aperture and f-stop are, but how to change those settings on your camera so you aren't always shooting in "auto mode" or one of the other presets will turn you into a point and shoot photographer to a legitimate amateur. That leaves me with one extra tip because I like to turn it up to eleven.
11: Take lots and lots and lots and lots and lots of pictures. you bought that 16GB card now use it. you won’t print them all, in fact you likely won’t keep 1/5 of them if you do it right. The idea is, if professional photographers take 150 shots to get 15 god ones that are narrowed down to one why don't you do the same.
The camera is plenty fast and your SD card is Class 10 so bursting shots isn't really a problem, with the right lens and the right tools and just a tiny bit of know how you can turn out some really great photographs.
So Happy New Year and to those who buy this camera, take many pictures and don't forget to...Share and Enjoy which I must, of course mention is the company motto of the hugely successful Sirius Cybernetics Corporation Complaints division.
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poppap wrote:A cheap must-have fixed lens for Canon DSLR
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Camera Lens
Yep, that will do WONDERS for folks who like indoor non-flash shots. Act like a 75mm almost-portrait lens. The moms in my classes loved them for candid shots of kids...just not halfway down a basketball court though!
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rolledsho wrote:Why is anyone that knows how to use a camera in anything other than green box mode a photo snob?
Woot doesn't usually sell cutting edge stuff.
It's a great camera for the money.
I mention in my book and class that if the average know these things, they will be happy.
1. Understands resolution size and compression
2. Does not use digital zoom (if available)
3. Knows that "P" shoots the same way as the same as "the green spot" but lets you control ISO and the exposure compensation (among other things).
4. Knows that the laws of physics haven't changed..dark is still dark and that usually means slow shutter speeds that blur action
If they really know these things, they will be happy with most of their shots and know 90% more about their camera that folks who don't study the above.
In fact, the first chapters of the box are based on these concepts, then I move on for more info that those motivated to study, will enjoy. Most books dedicated to one brand or model show you WHERE the controls are, not how and why to use them, at least not in a way the new user can understand. "Snobs" are those who know the advanced stuff, but seldom use those features! ;)
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