Dry box with silica gel will help, but you may be surprised how fast the gel gets 'wet' even one seldom open the box to access to the camera. One must be very disciplined to 'fry dry' the silica gel regularly. If not is it no diff even with dry box.
Hence, before you talk about expanding yr lens collection, you should provide good protection of yr existing equipment asap with any extra money.
If you are worry about body depreciation, then 2nd hand body is your answer. I sold my 40D to a guy almost a year ago with 2 years extended warranty and I noticed he sold the body again within 6 months. The difference is only -S$100.
If you are not sure how to check 2nd camera body, try to find one that still has local Canon warranty.
Canon 5D Mark II | 24-105L | 35L | 85L II | 135L | Samyang 14mm 2.8
I agree with everyone has been saying about buying a camera body second-hand. I did just that; and that's probably been where I've saved on most in my photog-related spending. You might be able to get a fairly decent second-hand set for 50-75% of what it costs first-hand; just take a look at the personal classifieds here. And as others have pointed out, bodies depreciate faster than lenses; you might very well decide to replace the body after 1-2 years.
Having said that, buying second-hand, as you're aware, comes with its risks. Here's some things to consider if you do decide to go the second-hand route:
1. Do your research.
Go to shops, ask whatever models you're interested in, and play around with them. Ask a friend with that camera model to let you put it through its paces.
Consider renting the camera, even; it shouldn't cost more than 50-70 for 2-3 days.
Familiarize yourself with the camera's idiosyncrasies -- is there a certain part, for example, that is particularly susceptible to wear and tear over time?
2. Ask your more knowledgeable friend to check out the camera with you before buying.
3. Ask for at least a week's worth of personal warranty.
Get the 500D, use the balance for other things or save it for a rainy day.
500D is a competent camera. In terms of image capture, difference between 500D & 50D probably not that great. Difference is in the handling.
If you know what you are doing, a 500D can probably get a picture as good as a 50D
That being said, you're only 14+ yrs old. The 50D might be a bit heavy and discourage you from bringing it out.
Please use some money to get a dry box/cabinet for your camera. Once fungus sets in, it's good bye $1k
Have fun. Welcome to the world of photography
Last edited by Linerax; 26th December 2009 at 11:04 PM.
New 450d ! (its a great camera)
With 18-55mm kit lens!
Add dry cabinet!
Add cleaning set !
Get library membership card! -> borrow books to read about exposure / composition / post-processing !!
Should be about $1k +/- $100
There is no need to spend all the $$ in the budget just because it is there.
The remaining $300-$400 can be saved for other purchases at some other time
Just my humble 2cents worth
btw pixel-peeper has great pictures of the 450d + 18-55mm combo !!
For those NEW to photography, even if you shoot every weekend its highly unlikely to max out the capabilities of your dslr within 2 yrs so dun get the 50d, fast lens or whatever external flash like some has suggest. Most likely they been hit by the BBB virus Just buy 450d or 500d kit with cleaner kit, uv filter, tripod if its included in the package and your good to go.
The true joy of photograhy comes from the images you take not the gears you buy abeit no doubt you will need to upgrade further down the road in order to progress. For the dry cabi, its good to have if within budget else get dry box with silica gel will suffice for the time being like others suggest. Good wishes in your photography and may insights be with you from time to time.
My view on this is to get a decent entry level camera with its lens. Whatever lens it may be. Also get a cheap decent flash to go along with it. Any other thing comes secondary. Used equipment is a good thing to start because you will be changing equipment once you have a grasp of the basic fundamentals (because you are on a budget).
You do not need to spend all your money on your equipment. Get only the necessary and spend the rest of the money travelling around shooting landscapes or join model shoots. Do not be a gear head. There is no point in having good equipment when your images cannot even be on par with what you have.
I am only holding onto my Nikon D90 and my kit lens.
By the way, I don't think you are as young as you claimed to be, judging on the way you are writing and replying on your threads.
True joy of photography for everyone is more or less the same, and for me, it's just taking nice looking pictures and receiving favourable comments! I'm just hoping that my pictures will eventually turn out decent, and will be able to receive praises in the future. Thanks for your wishes!
Regarding the age, I'll just take that as a compliment!
Last edited by Linerax; 27th December 2009 at 04:06 PM.
Your choice clear; get the entry level dSLR and safe the leftover for future. You are 15 years old and have lots to time to develop your skill. And by the time you turn 22, your dSLR would probably be worn out and obseleted. If it doesn't, it means under used.
I think you can take heart in the fact that 18-55 IS resells very easily with almost no loss in value and you can pick up a lens that fits your growing needs in the future Congratulations on arriving on a decision!