Guests - If You want access to member only forums on HSO. You will gain access only when you sign-in or Sign-Up on HotSpotOutdoors.

It's easy - LOOK UPPER right menu.

Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0
eagle_3464

Beginners kit

2 posts in this topic

We have decided to get the Canon XSI but would like recommendations on accessories we will need to be fully equipped at a beginners level with this level of camera. How much difference between the 250mm IS and 300mm IS and how much extra are these differences worth? Whichever store we choose will be quite a distance so I don't want to be caught up with "oh now we need this or need that".

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hey eagle, congrats on taking the plunge.

Must haves include one or two memory cards. I'd suggest 2 Gb cards, which will give you 4 Gb, and since it's in two cards if one fails you'll still be able to take pictures.

You'll want a good tripod for landscape shots or family shots using the camera's timer when you want to run around and get back into the picture.

You'll also want a spare battery, partly because IS uses batteries faster than non IS, partly so you again have a backup in case of battery failure. You can get them very inexpensively (and at top quality) from SterlingTek online.

You may find you want a flash, but that's probably something you won't know for sure until you use the camera for awhile. The on-camera popup flash works for a lot of things.

As for how much difference 50mm makes on the top end of a zoom, that really depends on your subjects. If you want to shoot outdoor sports and people having fun, 250mm will be plenty. It also should be enough for some nature photography. There are some types of nature shooting (wildlife and birds in particular), where that extra 50mm could make a difference.

So in the end, if you review what you think you'll be photographing, that will help you decide on which lens. They're both quite good. If that's the only lens you plan on buying, I'd go with the 50-250 so you have something approaching wide angle on the lower end for landscape and family shots.

You may want to pick up a UV filter to leave on the lens as a permanent protection against scratching and scuffing the lens' front element. Many do that, though I do not. If you do, be sure to pick a good brand like Hoya or B+W if they have one of those brands in the store. Putting a cheap filter in front of a good lens will cost you image quality.

On the computer side, you can buy a card reader instead of using the cable that comes with the camera. A card reader is WAY faster. Plugs into the USB or firewire port on your computer, and you plop in the memory card and start downloading. Saves a ton of time. Costs about $25 for a good one.

Good luck, and show us some of your stuff! gringrin

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest
This topic is now closed to further replies.
Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0



  • Posts

    • I have seen 3 different flocks of Swan's in the past week. I have also seen small flocks of little birds that look to be migrating.
    • MCI:   Sorry, but Waylon's only interests in life are ducks and my dirty laundry. I didn't start really getting into the shed hunting until recently so I didn't train him for it. I will probably do so with my next pup. He just tags along.   With the increase in popularity of shed hunting there is plenty of information out there. I know a few shed dogs and I know it's not as easy to get them excited about old bone then about a nice stinky duck, but definitely possible. The guys I know also compete in local shed competitions (staged courses) , so if you look into that type of thing there should be a group of guys with a lot of knowledge.
    • Trump is the enemy of the truth ! 
    •   Shouldn't be hard to come up with a way to fill a 1/4 inch gap, it seems to me.   Rip some strips of something, maybe even that synthetic decking, trex or something.    Then you could have the vinyl
    •   *marks "leech brings up someone's location as evidence their opinions are not relevant" on sillytown bingo card*   I'm one "big dave says you just don't understand freedom" away from a BINGO!
    •     ........if you are member of the LIVs. My 2nd graders think I am really smart at math as well. 
    •   No, but they wouldn't send them all to Belle Plaine where all the bleedies will take care of them, so what are we going to do? Man your pulling everything out of the old Libertarian hang book tonight.
    • Manafort was dumped quicker than a cheap date.   #pence2018
    •   No and no, I read it closely, but down here I shoot first then ask questions.                          
    •   Nice try.   You want me to rip apart your beloved Portugal?  There are hole everywhere.   First thing is first. This is a government policy, so this comes into play faster then a bullet..   " ...many of the problems stemmed not necessarily from a disagreement over the facts but a disagreement over which facts matter when it comes to interpreting the effects of decriminalisation."   Just like you Dave, only using the facts that fit your narrative.     HIV - down yes.   Due to eradicating drug dens, availability of needles, health awareness.   Deaths, over dose - yes (arguably)   Due to access of real drugs, not designer, dangerous synthetic weeds.     Homicides - yes/no Also there is no data collected for drug related homicides.       Drug users are not deemed criminals but as sick. Which immediately becomes a public expense.       -"" Goulão himself is skeptical of some aspects of marijuana reform in places like the United States, which he says can conflate medical use with recreational markets. "Sometimes I feel the promoters of this discussion are mixing things together using a lack of intellectual seriousness (Big Dave & Purple)," he said.""     This is just in 5 minutes, I'll go on doing this all day long. Leave you laying on the floor.   By the way, you just cut and paste articles. In no way way have you presented an intelligent reason why decriminalization would curb drug use.   Keep pasting,       
  • Our Sponsors