Thanks Markster. I have the 35-80mm and 70-200mm lenses (pretty sure, I'm at work).
I think for the time being I'll stick with what I have, buy a tripod and some filters, and just take a lot of pictures.
thanks for all the responses, I really appreciate them all.
Yeah, I'd stick with what you got for awhile. If you like it and you like Canon, you can upgrade to an Elan 7, 3, or 1V depending on the funds and start to think about getting nicer Canon lenses. If you like autofocus, but want to try out Nikon, then do move to Nikon at that point - no wasted money on Canon EF lenses.
On the other hand, if you want manual focus, I'd move to one of the older systems as mentioned above. Canon FD, a Nikon, Olympus OM, etc. You'll find that it's easier to focus AND it's cheaper. Win-win.
Using what you already have for awhile will let you figure out what you like and what you don't, which will inform upon choices you make in the future. Figure out what focal lengths you like, if you want a zoom or not, manual/autofocus, how much distortion bothers you, what f-stops you use, etc. Once you have some of that figured out, it will be easier to pick a lens that is suitable.
E.O.S is Electro-Optical System, and also the Ancient Greek goddess of the dawn.
Originally Posted by Markster
Thanks Tim for the camera info. and Benjiboy I'll be adding that to the general trivia file in my head ;-)
Try putting your location in your profile and see if there is anyone near you that you can get together with. Also, check out the groups to see if there are any that interest you.
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Of the bawbles that it may.
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Thanks Joel, didn't realize I hadn't put it in there! I'll check out the groups as well.
I love trivia my head 's full of it
Originally Posted by ptschantz
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Originally Posted by benjiboy
Another thought would be to find a pro shop in your area and see if they rent equipment. If so, they may have some of the lenses you are interested in using. This way you can "test drive" them before buying.
Good luck and welcome to APUG.
The body you have is fine and gives you access to a very nice range of lenses. A very cheap and good lens is the 50/1.8. $100 new, sharp and very nice. I can pretty much do almost everything with a 50.
Just go with that to begin with, once you find your pace and way of shooting it will come naturally what you need, be it a manual camera, more EOS lenses, medium format and whatnot. The biggest mistake that most (myself included) make when starting out is to constantly buy all sorts of equipment, bodies and lenses looking for the next great thing. Take it easy and you'll waste little money buying/selling things.
Hasselblad 501CM, 60CB, 80CB, 160CB
Mamiya RB67SD, 65KL, 90KL, 127KL
Nikonos V, 35
EOS 3, 40/2SL