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I've really been getting into photography over the past few months and I want a nice dslr along with a lens. Just not sure what camera I should get. I don't have a budget.

I'll mostly be taking pics in alot of light.

Something that I can manually set a fast shutter speed (if that's what it's called). So I can take multiple pics and put them together. Like this


Obviously, I don't want any noise.

I should be only taking pics and not any video footage.

I don't think I'll be taking photos of anything too far away. Maybe 100 feet max.

Again, I'd like you guys to recommend me both a camera and lens. I know I'm only starting out, but I want something I'll be using when I get better.

Photography has been a small hobby of mine for about a year now, and I'm getting into it more and more.

Thanks.
Edited by xdanisx - 1/21/11 at 6:25pm
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For pics and no video footage I would recommend a Canon T1i. I use it for photography assignments and it works wonderfully for video and still pictures.

Pretty much every aspect is adjustable and it does have a pretty fast shutter speed. It is comparable to the 50D, the previous generation top consumer camera from Canon.

You should be able to get it for a pretty good deal now on sale, especially in the states.


EDIT: Check out my Kindle 3 unboxing thread here. I used my T1i with kit lens to take the pics.
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Noise exists on any DSLR. It's just a matter of how much and at what ISO does it start showing up. For your needs (outdoors, well-lit), any DSLR will do there. Noise usually only starts to be a problem in low light, when you'd have to turn up the ISO.

With manually setting a fast shutter speed (yes that is what it's called and what you need for stop action photography), again any DSLR will do.

100 ft. is a bit far away, and you probably will need a telephoto lens for that. For your needs, I'd recommend:

Canon Rebel XS with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS lens
Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS lens

The camera + kit lens suits your needs very well and is suited for general photography, whereas the 55-250mm is a nice performing budget lens that will extend your reach to that 100ft you mentioned.

Also, if you're planning to get that photo you showed above, you'll need photo editing software + a semi-pro body. The entry-level cameras from both Canon and Nikon shoot much too slowly at 3 FPS to get all those different shots. It can still capture someone skateboarding, but the 3FPS is a bit too slow to capture as many steps as that photo. The 6FPS of the semi-pro bodies are much better suited for capturing all those steps. You'll also need a photo editing program to stitch together all those images into one, creating the photo you showed there.
Edited by r31ncarnat3d - 1/21/11 at 5:17pm
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Noise exists on any DSLR. It's just a matter of how much and at what ISO does it start showing up. For your needs (outdoors, well-lit), any DSLR will do there. Noise usually only starts to be a problem in low light, when you'd have to turn up the ISO.

With manually setting a fast shutter speed (yes that is what it's called and what you need for stop action photography), again any DSLR will do.

100 ft. is a bit far away, and you probably will need a telephoto lens for that. For your needs, I'd recommend:

The camera + kit lens suits your needs very well and is suited for general photography, whereas the 55-250mm is a nice performing budget lens that will extend your reach to that 100ft you mentioned.

Also, if you're planning to get that photo you showed above, you'll need photo editing software + a semi-pro body. The entry-level cameras from both Canon and Nikon shoot much too slowly at 3 FPS to get all those different shots. It can still capture someone skateboarding, but the 3FPS is a bit too slow to capture as many steps as that photo. The 6FPS of the semi-pro bodies are much better suited for capturing all those steps. You'll also need a photo editing program to stitch together all those images into one, creating the photo you showed there.
Oh I know there's always noise, I just meant the less noise the better.

When I said 100 ft I meant that the only time I'll be shoring that far away would be at Cornerstone (and maybe not even then). Most of my photos will probably be about 25 feet in distance.

I also have Photoshop

So the Rebel XS will get me the stop action shots I need?

I'm looking at a review of the Rebel XS... Or maybe the 1000D...
Is the Rebel XS the same as the 1000D or something? The title of the review is "Canon EOS 1000D (Rebel XS/ Kiss F) Review.
Edited by xdanisx - 1/21/11 at 5:54pm
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The Rebel XS is the 1000D. Exact same camera.

Canon markets all its entry-level bodies under different names. In the US, it's called the Rebel XS. In Europe, it's the EOS 1000D. In Asia, it's the Kiss F. All are the exact same camera; the only difference is the name they slap on it.

And the Rebel XS is more than adequate to get you stop action shots. Like I said, every modern DSLR has manual shutter speed settings and every DSLR has shutter speeds that are quick enough to capture motion like that.

And if your photos will be at 25 feet, I think the 18-55mm kit lens is more than sufficient. Why not buy just the camera kit first (with the included 18-55mm kit lens) and try it out, and only get the telephoto if you feel you need it after trying your camera out in the field?
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Since you have no budget you should get a 1DMKIV.
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Since you have no budget you should get a 1DMKIV.
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Hhm, well the Rebel XS is cheaper then the T1i and did a bit better in the review I was looking at. Might just be my first Dslr! Thanks for all the help.

If I don't need a telephoto for the shots I'll be doing now, I might get one by the summer when I go to Cornerstone and vacation. Aah, not only is this summer going to be the best, I'll be able to take nice shots too! Again, thanks for all the help.
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Hhm, with the Rebel XS I'll only be able to take stop action shots at 3 fps, right? Nothing faster?
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Hhm, with the Rebel XS I'll only be able to take stop action shots at 3 fps, right? Nothing faster?
You can go for the xxD cameras; they all can do 6 FPS. The cheapest right now is the 40D used at $500 for the body only, the 50D used at $650, or the 60D new.
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