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bobocel says

Are you guys using a DSLR ? If so, what brand and what lenses?

I decided to treat myself with a Canon 7D, after I’ve seen the new 60D release last week. The next thing is deciding what lenses to start with.. :P

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pezflash says

I can’t tell you about the body, as i’m a fan of film and not digital (i own a medium format hasselblad and a Nikon), but lenses has not changed since i started with photography, around 15 years ago.

Think about what focal you feel confortable with. Could be a 50mm, 35mm, it doesn’t matter, but once you know what is your focal, go and buy a good fixed focal lense. This means, no zoom, no difference focal in the same lense. If possible get a f1.8 or f2.8 (luminous), but try to don’t go up this f value. This will allow you to make photos without flash even late afternoons. Flash is one of the most difficult issues in photography, since the years i’ve seen quite a few photographers that make a really good use of flash. The way to skip the flash is having a good lense.

You can get a cheaper zoom lense, to get some versatility in some moments (like a 28-120mm, f.3.2). A zoom lense under f.2.8 values will raise above the 800$.

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bobocel says

Thanks! :)

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pezflash says

Almost sure you already know, but just in case. Soooo far the best digital photo site.
http://www.dpreview.com/

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rahulbist says

I use Nikon D700 with Nikkor 18-70 mm lense. I am happy with it :)

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marcfolio says

i have a nikon d90 and lens wise I have a really wide sigma 10-20mm that I really like. I love that wide open everything in focus shots, but if I were to buy a wide lens again I’d get the tokina 11-16mm.

Fixed I have a 50MM 1.8 (which on my camera is more like a 75mm) and my latest purchase was a 30mm 1.4.

I think everything pezflash said is true. I ditched my “kit” lens for for larger apertures because I hate the flash and shooting indoors with anything less than a f2.8 is absurd. ‘

Congratss! I’ve been wanting to ditch my D90 for the canon but can’t justify the cost of the new camera and swapping lens. Maybe nikon will give us something similar to the 7D (I love the 1080P video that thing shoots).

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bobocel says

I’m glad I’m just starting out with this, and the decision is made. Canon all the way. I hope I won’t have to change lenses, ever. (quite expensive glass :( )

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pezflash says
I hope I won’t have to change lenses, ever.

If you like your camera and you use it, you will. It’s part of the process. You will change your point of view (and your photo’s point of view) while you experience change with it. Be ready to move from one lense to another with the time.

Against what people lately think (since digital jump), lense makes the photography, not the camera body. But about the body, i hope not to create more confussion in your mind, but i would suggest to go a full-frame sensor.

Sometimes it’s horrible to have alternatives, itsn’t it? :P

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vamapaull says

If you don’t have the 50mm f1.8 lens… then you should get it. It’s very cheep and I believe you’ll love the depth of field that lens gives you when it’s opened all the way to f1.8 ;)

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bobocel says
If you don’t have the 50mm f1.8 lens… then you should get it. It’s very cheep and I believe you’ll love the depth of field that lens gives you when it’s opened all the way to f1.8 ;)

I got the 50mm f1/4. :P

I know about FF cameras, but I went with the Canon 7D. It within the budget I planned to spend for a body.

I’ll make sure the lenses I purchase are all EF, so I can easily use them on a FF camera, if I’ll ever get my hands on one! :P

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