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    Quote Originally Posted by BleedingPurple View Post
    Thanks for the advice, ValleyFan. I'm leaning towards the Rebel XTI.

    I plan on using the camera for vacations, portraits, etc... I love going fishing in the Sierra's so that would be a large portion of where I'd be shooting. I also live in Thousand Oaks so the Santa Monica's are in my back yard.

    Would something like this be a wise investment or would it be overkill for a beginner?

    Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6


    In addition, What other equipment should be purchased for a beginner starting out in the DSLR world? What are those hidden costs that I'll find out about real quick if I don't buy them to start out?
    It's pretty decent glass for the price especially if you can get it bundled. Call around a bit to some of the authorized dealers. You may find the 135mm bundled with the XTi.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Unfiltered View Post
    It's pretty decent glass for the price especially if you can get it bundled. Call around a bit to some of the authorized dealers. You may find the 135mm bundled with the XTi.
    Unfortunately, I have to go through Wolf or Amazon because it's a gift card bonus through work and I'm limited to a couple of different camera retailers. If you happen to run across anything, please let me know. I tend to research things to death when I'm making this big of a purchase so it will probably still be a little while before I purchase the camera.

    Quote Originally Posted by ValleyFan View Post
    I don't think at all that is overkill, it is a fantastic lens. The one thing that concerns me is that you might find it a little long on a 1.6 crop body if you are interested in shooting a lot of landscapes. On a 1.6 crop body, the effective focal length of the 28-135 becomes 44-216mm, which becomes a fantastic portraiture length and telephoto, but is not going to be super wide. If you have a chance to test it out or rent it first, I might do that. If you find that it is a bit to long, you might look at the EF 17-40mm f/4.0L, a bit more expensive, but a killer lens, especially for landscape work. You should probably go down to a camera store with a compact flash card, and ask them to shoot a couple of frames with the lenses you are interested in, then take the card home at look at the image. Who knows, the 18-55 might be exactly what you are looking for (the IS version is pretty different than the kit lens version, very oddly and confusingly there are like 5 different versions of this lens). There is also a handy site over at the-digital-picure which you can directly compare two lenses (select the two you want then roll over the image to compare)




    You are probably going to want right of the bat extra batteries (which you can get cheap but good knock offs from places like SterlingTek), memory cards, tripod, a bag to carry it all in. Then you need to think about how you are going to process your images. If you are shooting low volume, the software that comes with the camera isn't bad, but if you plan on shooting a lot, you might need to look into something like Lightroom by Adobe. That also means that you are going to need a computer which has storage space, so that might mean an extra hard drive (or two to have one to back up on). If you want to get into heavy photo editing, you might need then to look at something like Photoshop.
    Thank you so much for all of the information. That site is pretty cool. I think I'll go to my local hooper and pick their brains a bit and take your advice on the compact flash card. Having them shoot a frames is a really good idea.
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    So I know I have in the past said that the cheap knock off ebay wireless flash triggers are great and you should get them instead of the much more expensive Pocket Wizards, I now have to retract that endorsement. I have been processing my pics from the winter break, and almost all the shots taken with the cheapo wireless triggers are now showing RF interference at the top 1/8th or so of frame (depending on shutter speed). Some people say that replacing the battery will help, as a low bat in the transmitter will exacerbate the noise, but it makes them completely unreliable in my opinion. So, if you are in the market for wireless triggers, you get what you pay for. Don't buy the cheapies because you are just going to have to buy the expensive ones later.

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    Wow. Pocket Wizards for teh win.

    I don't have a use for a flash trigger right now. What I want is a better remote shutter release than the IR one I have right now. It does okay inside, but outdoors it sucks.

    I'd also like to figure out a way to trigger a camera's shutter with a motion sensor.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FlyBoeingJets View Post
    Wow. Pocket Wizards for teh win.

    I don't have a use for a flash trigger right now. What I want is a better remote shutter release than the IR one I have right now. It does okay inside, but outdoors it sucks.

    I'd also like to figure out a way to trigger a camera's shutter with a motion sensor.
    For motion sensor, I haven't tried it or seen it, but have you looked at the Zigview R? (A little write up of it here) It looks like you would need this cable with it as well, and once you have that cable, you should be able to use any of the flash / shutter radio triggers to trigger the shutter remotely.

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    That, right there, is a killer little accessory! I might need to get me one and try it out!

    Thanks for pointing me to it, Sam!
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    Quote Originally Posted by FlyBoeingJets View Post
    I'd also like to figure out a way to trigger a camera's shutter with a motion sensor.
    You know hunters use trail cameras to document habits of deer. You can buy them through Cabellas or Bass Pro shops or on Ebay. They are usually self contained units though with a cheap digitial camera inside. Maybe you could get a cheap one and adapt it to your D200?

    They also have some "home brew" trail camera kits which you could try, but you have to have some electronics know-how to put them together. A quick search of the internet found this little kit: http://www.snapshotsniper.com/Board.htm which might work for you. You would also probably need the Nikon MC-22 cable I mentioned in an earlier post. (http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...mote_Cord.html)

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    Following up on my previous post... this thing looks even cooler if you have the cash:

    http://www.bmumford.com/photo/camctlr.html

    You can get cables for most cameras and they make a variety of sensors for triggering, from motion to laser to sound.

    They even have a hummingbird example caught with their motion sensor : http://www.bmumford.com/photo/creatures/index.html
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    Wow, that thing is pretty cool!

    Man, some of those time lapses that they have on the site are amazing! The water drop and the fire are my favorites.
    Last edited by VF; January 4th, 2008 at 05:29 PM.

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    Wow. Killer. Wish I had the money!

    That hummingbird pic is the exact thing I wanted to try and get.
    Last edited by FBJ; January 4th, 2008 at 07:14 PM.
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