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So before i made a post looking for a high end point and shoot for my mom, but was convinced to get her a dslr. so i bought her a canon t2i with standard 18-55mm kit lens. also my step dad is ordering her this camera bag,
Case Logic SLRC-206 SLR Camera/Laptop Backpack SLRC-206 B&H

putting together a list of stuff she'll eventually need to complete her slr setup, plus some stuff she could use now.


Tripod
Dolica AX620B100 62-Inch Proline Tripod and Ball Head - $40

SD Card for 1080p Video Shooting
SanDisk Extreme HD Video 16 GB SDHC Class 10 Memory Card - $27
SanDisk Extreme HD Video 16 GB SDHC Class 10 Memory Card - $27

Backup Battery
Opteka LP-E8 2000mAh Ultra High Capacity Li-ion Battery Pack - $15

Screen Protector
GGS DSLR LCD Optical Glass Screen Protector for Canon 550D camera - $6

Portrait Lens
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Camera Lens - $100

Zoom / Everyday walkaround / vacation shooter lens
Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS UD Standard Zoom Lens - $300

Macro Lens
Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM Digital SLR Lens for EOS - $400




are the lens listed good enough / needed? 18-55m is decent starter lens from what ive read and its considered a wide lens? i picked the 18-135m because as far as i could tell its near the same as the 18-55m with added zoom?

read the 50mm f/1.8 is amazing for portraits and its only $100.

macro lens im not sure about, is it worth paying $400 for the Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM over $70 for Raynox DCR-250 Macro Lens, http://www.amazon.com/DCR-250-Super-Macro-Snap-On-Lens/dp/B000A1SZ2Y/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1323753835&sr=8-1
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Lets see if I can help a little bit. The 18-55 and 18-135 will be the same image quality. It just depends if you want the extra reach. I'd go for the 18-55 and 55-250 combo myself.

The 50 1.8 is good for the money. Cheap ass build, sketchy AF in low light, but for $100 you can't go wrong with it.

As for macro, if you want to do it right, I'd either get the 60mm you mentioned or the 100mm macro. I'd go for the 100mm simply because you get more working distance (you don't have to get as close to your subject).

As for the tripod that is borderline too cheap. You really seem to get what you pay for when it comes to tripods. Might work fine since none of that gear weighs much, but might be a little unstable.

Cards are good. Battery is good, though I prefer the factory Canon batteries. They cost more though.

You don't need a screen protector. There's actually a protector over it already. If it gets scratched up it can be changed.

Hope that helped. smile.gif I'm sure someone will come along and clean up what I missed.
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looks good .
does she really need that macro lens tho ?

i would have opted for a flash if not smile.gif
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Lets see if I can help a little bit. The 18-55 and 18-135 will be the same image quality. It just depends if you want the extra reach. I'd go for the 18-55 and 55-250 combo myself.
The 50 1.8 is good for the money. Cheap ass build, sketchy AF in low light, but for $100 you can't go wrong with it.
As for macro, if you want to do it right, I'd either get the 60mm you mentioned or the 100mm macro. I'd go for the 100mm simply because you get more working distance (you don't have to get as close to your subject).
As for the tripod that is borderline too cheap. You really seem to get what you pay for when it comes to tripods. Might work fine since none of that gear weighs much, but might be a little unstable.
Cards are good. Battery is good, though I prefer the factory Canon batteries. They cost more though.
You don't need a screen protector. There's actually a protector over it already. If it gets scratched up it can be changed.
Hope that helped. smile.gif I'm sure someone will come along and clean up what I missed.

thanks, so i guess the portrait lens is good enough, and macro will just come down to $400 for the 60mm or $600 for the 100mm later when we are ready to purchase the macro lens.

looking for a main lens she wouldnt have to switch back and forth when on vacations which is why i picked the 18-135 vs a combo type deal, looked at the 18-200 but read that the image quality is degraded? what would be a semi budget lens you would recommend? that would allow her to do wide shots / some zooming etc?
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looks good .
does she really need that macro lens tho ?
i would have opted for a flash if not smile.gif

actually ill be using the camera im purchasing her aswell sometimes, and im really the one who would want the macro lens. loved using macro on my old compact camera, so i imagine a dslr macro would be amazing compared to that. plus it will be good for her as she likes taking close up pictures of flowers.
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thanks, so i guess the portrait lens is good enough, and macro will just come down to $400 for the 60mm or $600 for the 100mm later when we are ready to purchase the macro lens.
looking for a main lens she wouldnt have to switch back and forth when on vacations which is why i picked the 18-135 vs a combo type deal, looked at the 18-200 but read that the image quality is degraded? what would be a semi budget lens you would recommend? that would allow her to do wide shots / some zooming etc?

The 18-200 has worse image quality than the 18-55 and 55-250. It is also a lot more expensive. I would think the 18-55 should cover most her needs, switching to the 55-250 for the occasional shot.
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actually ill be using the camera im purchasing her aswell sometimes, and im really the one who would want the macro lens. loved using macro on my old compact camera, so i imagine a dslr macro would be amazing compared to that. plus it will be good for her as she likes taking close up pictures of flowers.

oh. cool ..
you can also use it for them sexy rig pics biggrin.gifbiggrin.gif

id go with the 18-135 over the 18-200 though, the canon 18-200 is just too expensive IMO

or go with a cheaper third party 18-200/250 (but yeah .. ImageQuality would be sacrificed) smile.gif

unless you really dont mind switching lenses (18-55 ↔ 55-250) thumb.gif
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Lets see if I can help a little bit. The 18-55 and 18-135 will be the same image quality. It just depends if you want the extra reach. I'd go for the 18-55 and 55-250 combo myself.
The 50 1.8 is good for the money. Cheap ass build, sketchy AF in low light, but for $100 you can't go wrong with it.
As for macro, if you want to do it right, I'd either get the 60mm you mentioned or the 100mm macro. I'd go for the 100mm simply because you get more working distance (you don't have to get as close to your subject).
As for the tripod that is borderline too cheap. You really seem to get what you pay for when it comes to tripods. Might work fine since none of that gear weighs much, but might be a little unstable.
Cards are good. Battery is good, though I prefer the factory Canon batteries. They cost more though.
You don't need a screen protector. There's actually a protector over it already. If it gets scratched up it can be changed.
Hope that helped. smile.gif I'm sure someone will come along and clean up what I missed.

That about covers it.

Although on the point of the 18-135mm: It really depends on what your mom wants. If she's someone who likes ease of use, the 18-135mm will probably be a better buy. The 18-55mm + 55-250mm is a better combo in my opinion, but judging from my own mom, if your mom simply wants something that works and will probably get fussy over having to change lenses, the 18-135mm will probably save her some trouble.
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That about covers it.
Although on the point of the 18-135mm: It really depends on what your mom wants. If she's someone who likes ease of use, the 18-135mm will probably be a better buy. The 18-55mm + 55-250mm is a better combo in my opinion, but judging from my own mom, if your mom simply wants something that works and will probably get fussy over having to change lenses, the 18-135mm will probably save her some trouble.

i mean yea im looking for something ultra simple for her, she forgets how to switch the tv input sometimes, also im not sure she knows how to even use macro on her point and shoot? all i know is shes been saying for the past 2 years she wanted a professional camera and wanted to take some kind of classes to get better at taking pictures.
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You can if you look on ebay
you can get Onyx Batteries for cheap like 10 bucks a battery and they last shot from dusk all night till morning for time lapse
Also you can get a cheap battery grip for extra juice but your mother prob doesn't want to bulk around a bigger camera


18-55 is great for starters...
really i would just let her shoot with all of the first till she gets used to it then you can talk to her again and get more gear when she knows what she really wants to do

Just doing a quick google for photography classes i bet you can find really good ones all around your area wink.gif

what about doing a 28-135 EF Although i think the only problem its not as sharp as most would like it to be, same goes with the 24-105 which would be perfect for you just an all around awesome lens
but its spendy
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