Good day everyone,
I am planning for a upgrade from a prosumer to dslr camera. I had been shooting with a Canon Powershot S5IS in manual mode for sometime. The limitation had result in the miss of beautiful moments during holiday and family gathering. This is the primary reason for the intention of upgrading to a dslr. Secondary reason is definately to further enhance my skill with the new body.
My intention/path of route for photography will revolve around potrait shoot and travel(holiday). Had been reading and hitting the "search" button in clubsnap for lots of informative advise. I do not believe in getting the "lastest technology = best shoot", i believe in getting the primary skills right before diving into this hugh investment. Hence i have come up with a few combination for my entry into dslr, feel free to advise/educate if possible:
Body: Canon 500D( video function is not a must) or 2nd hand Canon 40D for it's better feature. Basically i am still torn between this.
Lens: 18 to 200mm kit lens(for ease of travelling)
50mm f1.8 (value for money for portrait)
10 to 22mm ( still pending )
Flash: wonder if it is a need in the beginning
Battle grip and spare batts: usually how many shoots can i battery last? Does traveller usually bring a few spare batts or just purely rely on the battle grip.
I had been using plastic container from this brand "lock and lock" for my prosumer, just throw in some silicon gels.
I am thinking of getting a dry cabinet but i am unsure which capacity will be able to withhold the above mention setup.
I had been using brush, mini blower and lens paper for the prosumer. Is this method a good choice to be use on a dslr lens and body?
Lastly, do advise if i am missing out on other setup or accessories which is a need for the upgrading.