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Taking the leap to a DSLR - my kit and thoughts so far...

MD
 
Canon EOS 40D Digital SLR Camera - Body Only
Canon EOS 40D Digital SLR Camera - Body Only
"A good camera - I got body only as I wanted to get a good prime (fixed length) lens and get a better quality mid-zoom lens than the ones offered; great a camera with 6.5 frames per second on burst..."
Canon 50mm f/1.8 Ef Lens (Mk11)
Canon 50mm f/1.8 Ef Lens (Mk11)
"I got this instead of the mid-zoom that comes with the 40D - it's a great lens; dirt cheap but is brilliant for low light situations where a flash would lose the 'mood' of the image - get one!"
Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM Lens
Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM Lens
"A super-wide angle - great for taking pictures inside rooms, close up to tall buildings, landscapes and really funky close-ups of people - expensive perhaps but covers the rage below the mid-zooms..."
Canon EF 70-300mm f/4.0-5.6 IS USM Lens
Canon EF 70-300mm f/4.0-5.6 IS USM Lens
"A telephoto - it  has Image Stabalisation - meaning you can hanhold it to get shots with less chance of blur, etc. Longer length than the lower end L lenses (though lesser quality) - great range."
Lowepro Slingshot 200 Sling Bag For Digital SLR & 3-4 Lenses for Canon 550D, 500D, 1000D, Nikon D3000, Samsung NX10, PL1, Panasonic G2,  Sony Alpha A450 - Black Case
Lowepro Slingshot 200 Sling Bag For Digital SLR & 3-4 Lenses for Canon 550D, 500D, 1000D, Nikon D3000, Samsung NX10, PL1, Panasonic G2, Sony Alpha A450 - Black Case
"I looked at loads of bags - there's no way top avoid it - you need to pay £50+ to get a decent bag to protect your gear -this is brillant; functional and comfortable with lots of space!"
Canon Powershot G9 Digital Compact Camera
Canon Powershot G9 Digital Compact Camera
"My stepping stone to the DSLR - same controls, great size; amazing quality pictures - this supasses some lower end DSLR in terms of quality and performace -a great main or backup camera..."
Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens
Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens
"I've rented this - it's a big lens but wonderful - I suspect i'll be sticking to cropped bodies for a while so this will no doubt be an addition sometime (opted for the 24-105mm L for now)"
Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens
Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens
"Until I get the 2.8 i've got this - reasonable compliment to the 50mm 1.8 - cheap and reasonable quality/coverage (as I say, only tll I get the 2.8) - got it for £115 elsewhere... not bad quality!"
Joby Gorillapod - SLR
Joby Gorillapod - SLR
"Cool alternatve to lugging round a full-sized tripod - it takes a little messing about if you have a heavy or long lens on but otherwise a good little tripod."
Canon 580EX II Speedlite Flash Unit
Canon 580EX II Speedlite Flash Unit
"When people say this adds a whole new dimention they're not wrong - I despised using flash and losing the 'mood' previously - this can help create so many beautiful pictures - remote trigger on way..."
Opteka Battery Pack Grip / Vertical Shutter Release for Canon EOS Digital 450D, 500D, & 1000D with 2 Opteka 1800mAh LP-E5 Batteries (3600 mAh Total)
Opteka Battery Pack Grip / Vertical Shutter Release for Canon EOS Digital 450D, 500D, & 1000D with 2 Opteka 1800mAh LP-E5 Batteries (3600 mAh Total)
"Just ordered a similar version of this from ebay - half the price of the Canon-branded one (and I suspect made in the same factory...) - likewise my remote flashtrigger is from ebay (£25 > £150 Canon)"
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