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Hi everyone, I have a canon T3i that i'm really starting to get into photography with,

Currently I have the camera with its kit lens, a class 10 16gig mem card, a canon 40mm 2.8 prime, a cheap mini tripod, and a home made shutter release and a DIY softbox.


Anyway, i'm getting the itch to buy some new camera equipment, and here are some ideas of things I might could need. I'm pretty low budget, as this is just a hobby for me and don't plan on buying any pro gear. currently looking at a budget of $100 or so

- A decent camera backpack ( i just have a generic lunch box looking bag )
- A wireless remote ( i do alot of self portraits so that would be useful, and there are tons of cheap amaon ones ) ~$10 amazon
- a canon 50mm 1.8 lens, I had one for a day, but returned it for my 40mm, but the 50 had some good low light use ( are there any cheap 30-35mm prime lens's? )
- a flash, I rarely use the one on the camera as its so harsh, but haven't really found a need to use one yet, but can't hurt to have one.
- an off brand battery grip ( includes 2 batteries ) $40 amazon
- a 'sling' style strap ( i never use the included canon one though ) Also been thinking of braiding some parachord and making one myself.
- another memory card, one with MagicLantern installed on it.
Any ideas?

( and yes, i know the photographer makes the picture, not the gear )
Edited by Jixr - 6/4/13 at 7:55am
post #2 of 25
If you end going the backpack route Kata makes really good camera bags in general. I have one of their shoulder bags dc-437 and it does a good job.
Here is a link to their website with their backpacks kata backpacks
Btw these bags come with a standard 5 year warranty and a lifetime warranty if you register on their website link
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Yeah, a bag really interest me, as my current little grab bag does not have individual pockets for the camera or anything , and I really like the backpack style ones, I just don't understand why bags cost so much.

During school, I always ended up going to an army surplus and buying a mil-spec bag for $30 new, and they last forever ( my last one was on my back when I crashed my motorcycle, saved my ass and aside from a little road rash on the bag, it still works great.
Seems like any half decent camera bag is $100+
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get a better tripod or a circ pol.....




link

now any bag is a camera bag....
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Thats a cool little holder, not bad on the price either.

The mini tripod I have now is cheap, but it works fine. I've not yet found myself in a situation where I needed a full sized tripod. If i need more elevation I just find something to prop it up on.
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When you camera comes tumbling down cause of a cheaply tripod it will be too late. Don't say no one didnt warn you....
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its only 6" off the ground, so i'm not too worried.
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Originally Posted by Jixr View Post

its only 6" off the ground, so i'm not too worried.

despite cameras being tough you would be surprised if it hits just right on concrete. unless you are 6" tall that camera will spend majority of its life higher than 6" off the ground thumb.gif you will thank the advice later when you realize how much of a pain cheap tripods are to deal with.

consider buying books instead that have knowledge about the type of photography that interests you the most.

as far as flashes go just buy yongnuo to start. its cheaper and works well. no need to invest a ton of cash on canon brand for your first flash tongue.gif
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Yeah, I don't mind going 3rd party brands for accessories.

Meanwhile, Turns out you can make an IR jack that you plug into your phone to control your camera, so I just made on of those, and it works pretty well. Only cost me $5 and a trip to radioshack.

I think today I may swing by frys to look at some mech keyboards, and while i'm there i'll look at camera bags and see if there is anything I like.
Its much easier to throw a backpack on than to lug around something that looks like a giant fanny pack.
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Backpacks are great for loading a ton of gear when traveling, but a sling or shoulder bag is more appropriate for daily use, IMO.
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