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Kind of itching for some accessories for my camera...right now it is a basic Canon Rebel XS, stock lens and everything. Only thing I have is a tri-pod for it. I was thinking about getting a cheap Canon to use for the loyalty program and selling my Rebel but I just wanted to get opinions from OCN.
    
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what would you like to get into as far as photography goes. what do you want to shoot? are you looking to just upgrade your body? more lenses? or just general accessories?

what else do you already have?
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I do a lot of night time shooting, scenery like woods/sunsets, etc. So not really a ton of motion but still a variety where I'll use different apertures and shutter speeds.
    
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then some fast primes would be nice unless your doing long exposures. what lenses do you already own or use the most? do you feel like you might be lacking at any focal length. maybe you dont have much in the wide range or maybe have no longer lenses that you might want to experiment with?
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What do you mean primes? Right now I've got a 18-55mm lens that came with my Rebel. I was maybe thinking of a telephoto lens or one that has a different focal length like 70-300 or something...I don't know exact numbers for my lenses. I'm also trying to learn more about actual settings, etc on my camera. I came from film photography with black and white so I'm getting used to actual color, etc.
    
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Primes are lenses with a fixed focal length, and normally come with much larger apertures than zoom lenses. As for the tele; do you need that much reach for what you do? If you think so, the 55-250 is cheap and pretty good.
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The cheapest route to go given your current level of photography: Get a 55-200 consumer lens to go with your 18-55, and get a 50mm prime (f/1.8) for low light stuff. That should give you plenty for landscape shots and general photography. Altogether should set you back less than $300. If you want something beyond that, maybe pick up a flash for your non-landscape shooting.
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post #8 of 17
50mm are great, but you might also look into a fix 30-35mm or a 28mm. Check to see what available. The extra field of view is can be fun (remember Canon's 1.6X) and when you're doing night time / low light shots, your reciprocal rule means that a 28mm can get shots that on the 50mm will be less than sharp.

Also, you might look into a remote or cable release if you do a lot of nighttime on your tripod.

Into the realm of more money, think about an ultra wide, like the Sigma 10-20mm or Tokina 11-18mm. I'm sure Canon also has one, but trust me that it will be higher. The Sigma 10-20mm can be had used for about $350-400, in comparison the used Nikon (which is what I shoot) 10-24mm is more like $800. That's a fair chuck of change for most of us.

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50mm are great, but you might also look into a fix 30-35mm or a 28mm. Check to see what available. The extra field of view is can be fun (remember Canon's 1.6X) and when you're doing night time / low light shots, your reciprocal rule means that a 28mm can get shots that on the 50mm will be less than sharp.

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The old rule of thumb is that you can shoot the inverse of the focal length for shutter speed. A 50mm you can get to 1/60 of a sec shutter. For a wide, its more like 1/30th. When you brace, you might be able to get another stop or so.
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