Is this a good deal?

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    I am extremely new to the whole photography thing (I've almost never used a camera until a week ago) but am finding that I really like it. I've been reading a lot of stuff and am really wishing I had made a better camera choice. I have a Fujifilm S2100HD.

    So I've been looking around trying to figure out which D-SLR I want to get. Really difficult seeing as I know NOTHING. But I'm figuring it out bit by bit.

    I hear a lot of people talking about Canon EOS Rebel cameras. I think the T1i 500D sounds pretty good. I keep hearing people call it "entry level." I'm a guitar player. I used to work at Guitar Center years ago. We called the Fender Squier "entry level." I wouldn't use a Squier to pick dog doo off my boot.

    I'm not trying to go pro, I just want a good camera that will let me get creative. I know a lot rests in the lenses, which is what leads me to this post. First off, I've heard that good lenses for Canon's are way more expensive than other cameras. It is worth it? Is it just a name thing? Would I do as well with a good Olympus or something?

    Here is a deal I found on ebay which I think is pretty decent. I don't know if these lenses are good/reputable to at least start with. Would I be better spending less and just getting the body and waiting till I can afford the lenses I want or is it worth spending a bit more to get the stuff in this package?

    http://cgi.ebay.com/NEW-Canon-EOS-T1i-500D...=item45ef1503a4

    I'm just shopping around at the moment. I can't even think of making a purchase until probably early next year. But I want to find out as much as I can now.

    If someone can suggest a camera I'd be better off with, I'd appreciate any ideas. I'm willing to spend around $1,000 for the body and at least one telephoto lens. Especially if the lens is also capable of macro. Obviously, cheaper is better...

    I think I'm most interested in nature photography. Bugs, flowers, birds, my dog. I live in southern Louisiana, so there is PLENTY of nature for me to capture. I don't know if that makes much difference (except I think one camera I saw said not to use it in humidity over 85% Not gonna work here...)

    Thanks!


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    To summarise: Stick to your existing camera till you have learned a lot more about photography. If you do trade up, I don't like the eBay package; buy the camera with a kit lens and a good long telephoto.



    First off, I have reviewed your existing camera's specifications and there's no reason why it should not make a good learning platform. It's lenses are wide enough, long enough, fast enough (at higher sensitivity "ISO" and with image stabilisation). It has plenty of resolution and can shoot high burst rates for photographing birds. It can close focus and do macro shots. It has no aperture priority, but it does have a full manual mode. It's fine for what you want to do. Buying an expensive camera before you know what you want from it is a sure way to waste money.

    As for the 500D, I still shoot my 400D (at least 2 generations old and from a few years ago) as much as my 5D Mark II. My friends own them and I am familiar with them. They are great cameras and I wouldn't say they are in any way limiting. The choice of body is less important than the lens or the skill with which you use it. I also own a couple of Tamron lenses and they offer good value for money, but still don't match high-grade Canons for pure quality. Tamron specialises in super zooms, lenses with a zoom range of 10x or greater, but in other classes they rarely excel. Super zooms are rarely as good as lenses with a smaller zoom range. The ones included, especially with the trashy telephoto and wide angle extenders included may look more impressive than your Fujifilm S2100HD, but probably won't produce better images. The Tamrons are unstabilised, old models and not top of the line quality models. I make no judgement about the price and value for money of the eBay offer; I just don't like the lenses and accessories.

    If you do want a 500D consider buying a kit with the bundled 18-55mm stabilised lens (it's a cheaply made lens but not a bad performer) and a big telephoto by Canon, Tamron, Sigma, etc. of around 300mm or 500m at the maximum focal length. Ideally it'd be something fast (f/2.8) non-zoomable but stabilised. However that'll be too expensive so I'd look for something like a Tamron AF70-300mm F/4-5.6 Di LD Macro 1:2
    Currently playing with my EOS 1V & 5D MkII + various L-Series, Minolta MC/MD, M39 RFs, assorted 70-80's fixed lens RFs and occasional MF TLRs

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    Thanks for the reply, ZDP-189.

    I'm actually very happy with my Fuji camera. I don't plan on getting a D-SLR any time too soon, I just like to look into things ahead of time. I'll probably start saving my pennies early next year.

    There are a lot of things I wish I could do with this camera (use filters, special lenses, better manual focus (I don't like the time it takes to get something in focus), more aperture control, longer exposure time to name a few) so I know in the future I will want to get a better one.

    Actually, I was wishing for clearer pictures but last night I hooked my camera up to my 42" HDTV and was blown away by the difference from how they looked on my computer! Now I need to save up for a better monitor, etc... so I can get the most out of photoshop.

    Again, thanks for all the good info. I'm going to be spending a lot of time this weekend reading up and learning about lenses, etc.


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