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Should I get a better lens and flash if so what should I get or should I up grade to the canon 60D. I am currently using a canon rebel xs with kit lens. I mostly use the camera to take pictures of my friends doing bmx tricks but I also use it for artsy stuff too.
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Probably go with a better lens and flash, they are alot more "bang for your buck" results than a body.

Check out the 50mm f/1.8 if you don't have one already.
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depends if u shoot during day or night.. if its during day, a new lens would be sufficient. if its at night, a flash would help freeze the shot
 
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I completely agree with the above but will add this -- if you're truly resolved to upgrading your body, try to pick up a 50D instead of a 60D (unless video is a deciding factor). By investing in some quality glass or a flash to start improving your image quality there, you can get more experience with hardware that should carry over to newer bodies. At that point, if you see yourself using your images for anything professionally or you require higher quality, make the step up to a higher quality body.
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I shoot both day and night and skateparks always have poor lighting. So I guess I am looking in to getting both a flash and a lens. For the lens I would like a wideangle but not fisheye. I don't really know what to look for in a flash so suggestions would be greatly appreciated
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My suggestion for picking out a flash...

Check out the strobist blog. Strobist

Then I would check out the PT04 trigger and reciever from ebay, I have them and love them. They are under 30 for two recievers and one trigger, mount right to your hotshoe and allow about 20-30 meter off camera flash. Which is something you will REALLY want for indoor skatepark, and will be a nice addition for an outdoor.
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I shoot both day and night and skateparks always have poor lighting. So I guess I am looking in to getting both a flash and a lens. For the lens I would like a wideangle but not fisheye. I don't really know what to look for in a flash so suggestions would be greatly appreciated
Well, higher quality glass will have lower aperatures which will allow for more light to enter the lens. If you're looking at a nice wide, I keep hearing good things about the Canon 28 f1.8 or an equivalent like the Sigma EX 28mm f1.8 for wide primes.

In terms of flashes, a cheap alternative to get used to using a flash would be a YongNuo 460 (I believe R31ncarnat3d uses them) -- I'm waiting on mine to show up to give it a shot.

Budget kind of matters, so if the Canon 28mm F1.8 is out, the Sigma EX is ~$100 cheaper new..
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Thanks for all the help guys. I think I'm going to stick with the body I have now and upgrade later this year. I'll defiantly be picking up a PT04 trigger and reciever and a couple YongNuo 460 tho. If my tax return is good this year then I might that sigma EX if not that can wait.
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Before you upgrade, why are you considering an upgrade in the first place? Is there some sort of limitation to your current setup?
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The main reason I wanted to upgrade was for the higher ISO and the higher fames per sec. It seems that a lot of my pictures come out kinda grainy or blurry because my targets are moving at a high rate of speed.
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