questions about lens:pls help


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zachx

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hi,im new to clubsnap.just some questions to ask those pro.when u all started out using DSLR,how do u know which lens to buy and use?pls enlighten me ^^
 

ZerocoolAstra

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i used my kit lens first until i decide what kind of photography i prefer.
in fact i still mainly use my kit lens as an all-rounder, as i can't bear to part with so much $$ for a faster lens... ;)
 

kenkht

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i used my kit lens first until i decide what kind of photography i prefer.
in fact i still mainly use my kit lens as an all-rounder, as i can't bear to part with so much $$ for a faster lens... ;)
Best advise here. Just go out and shoot. Forget about clubsnap for awhile because everyone here just want to buy buy buy ...:bsmilie: Bad influence
But seriously, just go out and shoot lots and lots of pictures. You will find out what you like and don't like and then you will know which lens to get or if your current lens is sufficient.
 

zachx

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ic.actually im thinking of buying canon Sx10 Is.because i'm still learning.so a dslr is too pro for me for the moment.haha.
 

Rashkae

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ic.actually im thinking of buying canon Sx10 Is.because i'm still learning.so a dslr is too pro for me for the moment.haha.
Good and properly thought-out decision.
 

ZerocoolAstra

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in 1 hour you decided against DSLR??? ;)

sx10 is a fairly large prosumer, and the price is close to an entry-level DSLR.

My personal opinion is to go for a DSLR. It offers much more scope for improvement. And in terms of settings, etc, I don't really think it's much more complicated than a prosumer. Just use the kit lens first and don't let the BBB virus infect you! ;)
 

zachx

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its not 1 hour that i decided against dslr.im planning to buy sx10 2 wks later.but my fren rec me to buy dslr.but i duno anything about lens..and know little about aperture.
 

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its not 1 hour that i decided against dslr.im planning to buy sx10 2 wks later.but my fren rec me to buy dslr.but i duno anything about lens..and know little about aperture.
The the question is: how serious are you about photography? If you are serious then learning shouldn't pose any obstacle. If it's just a 'so-so hobby' then prosumer will be better.
 

zachx

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hmmm.im serious about learning but $ is another issue.should i get a prosumer first and upgrade to dslr when i start working?im indecisive >.<
 

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hmmm.im serious about learning but $ is another issue.should i get a prosumer first and upgrade to dslr when i start working?im indecisive >.<
Then accept the limits better. DSLR will call for a lot of additional expenses. No point letting a hobby stretch your budget so heavily. Only get what you can safely afford.
 

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it really depends on your current budget now.

i would say with less than 2k, you could get a decent dslr with kit lense (with one more cheaper lense maybe), and all the other stuff like tripod, dry cabi, cleaning kit etc if you want. then you could keep shooting for quite a while with this setup, know if you're really enjoying your shots with your dslr, and plan an upgrade much later. if not, you could juz hang on to this setup and at least you know that you have tried your hands on a dslr.
 

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if you really want to learn and grow your photography, you won't regret getting an entry level dslr, i'd think that if you're quite interested in photography, you'll grow out of the sx10 in no time at all
 

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its not 1 hour that i decided against dslr.im planning to buy sx10 2 wks later.but my fren rec me to buy dslr.but i duno anything about lens..and know little about aperture.

heheheh I think most of us started this way. When I got my DSLR, I would say I was clueless about all the different lenses on the market. I was wondering why a Nikon 17-55 lens could cost about 8 times as much as a Nikon 18-55mm lens :bsmilie:

:dunno:is the extra 1mm zoom worth so much? :dunno:
So through reading and surfing Clubsnap, I've increased my knowledge.

I have created a powerpoint file for my friends who are clueless about cameras. It explains the basics in what I hope is an easy to understand way. Not sure if it's too simple for you. If you're interested, PM me and I'll email the file to you. Good luck!
 

zac08

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Remember that for DSLRs, there is a deep hole to sink into... plenty of costs involved, like dry cabinets, cleaninig kits, tripods, flash, spare batts, extra lenses, etc....
 

jlkk76

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heheheh I think most of us started this way. When I got my DSLR, I would say I was clueless about all the different lenses on the market. I was wondering why a Nikon 17-55 lens could cost about 8 times as much as a Nikon 18-55mm lens :bsmilie:

:dunno:is the extra 1mm zoom worth so much? :dunno:
So through reading and surfing Clubsnap, I've increased my knowledge.

I have created a powerpoint file for my friends who are clueless about cameras. It explains the basics in what I hope is an easy to understand way. Not sure if it's too simple for you. If you're interested, PM me and I'll email the file to you. Good luck!
me too lor..

when i first get my cam, I also noe nuts abt diff lenses...and got to keep askin my frenz..

now it is the other way round lor.. :bsmilie:
 

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after 3 years using a DSLR, my preferred choice of lens ? My kit lens .

I owned telephoto lenses before and still own them .

My most expensive lens, is something i dont often use at all.

When you've got limited budget, use it wisely. Trust me, even an entry level DSLR can shoot professionaly . I shot NDP08 using a nikon d50/70 , old technology with basic kit lens + old zoom lens while every other photographer in the media and army units shot using professional bodies and powerful expensive lenses.No big deal to me. The kit lens, cheap and the most basic and widely used for a photographer on very very tight budget. I even shot 3 weddings with it!
 

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