Little-Miss (28th June 2010)
argos sometimes arnt too bad for standard lenses think one of mine came from there as it was cheapest place (or at least close enough)
ebay is ok for filters but id be very wary about lenses (but im not the biggest ebay fan though)
as to 50mm 1.8f prime ive got one and tbh hardly ever use it i usually end up using wither my 18-55 efs or my 55-250 efs-is (another canon man here) i tend to find for what i do (which is mainly motorsport or "quick snaps" of things you need to be too far away with a 50mm as i tend to either be shooting in the distance of pretty close up
I love my 50mm as it forces me to get up close and personal and really think about composition. Zooms make you lazy!
It all depends on what you're photographing. If you find you have to move back more than you do forward you'd probably be more suited to a 35mm.
The best way to find out, if you have a zoom, is to use it constantly at a fixed zoom level equivalent to a prime (35mm, 50mm...) and see how you get on.
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 35mm f/1.8 G DX Lens
they are hong kong based but i have used twice (same lens - dropped the first doh)
my friend has one and it is amazing - focus time is almost 0!
i would say dont worry about getting to much in the shot, learn to use what you have. i got a 1.8 purly for gig photography (low light). i am still learning mind, but happy with the results so far.
i would say that a great trick/advantage of digital is shoot til your card is full, and take lots of the same thing. i learnt along time ago that whilst it looks in focus on the lcd its not when its blown up on screen - shooting afew times you are more likely to get a good shot + blinking of the subject is reduced.
dont spend loads on equip, i have just finished my kit now (canon 450d, 18-55, 50 1.8, 70-200 + jessops flash ... oh and a bag of fleabay) i have a lens for each occasion and the power to use it, i just need the experience and knowledge to use it.
ps. if you want wider that 18mm it cost ... alot. unless you go manual focus old lenses. i can prob ask my make the site he gets his from but i believe they are forums. he told me a quick trick - ask uni's that are/maybe getting rid of old stuff.
when you do get on look at deviantart.com - shameless plug time - gibboap on deviantART
pps. alwas shoot 'photography' in raw, (and remember to take it off raw when shooting prat around 'facebook' images, really need to bulk convert a load of raw stuff from a house party the other week arrrg) i have rescued a load of photos from gigs that the lighting was pooh.
Last edited by gibbo_ap; 28th June 2010 at 07:30 PM.
One great advantage with RAW is in low light conditions because you can get away with under-exposing your shots by as much as a stop sometimes and you can still get enough of the detail back!
Having the right software to open and edit RAW photos is half of the equation. Without it, just stick to JPEG.
SYSMAN_MK (28th June 2010)
Warehouse Express for me as it's local.
Nikon AF-S 35mm f1.8 G DX Lens from £157.00, UK Specialist Price Comparison Site, Camera Price Buster
If you use the discount code Jacobs can do it for a fair bit less. Although one stop might well bring their price down soon. It seems these lenses have come down in the last few days.
I'm after one myself but I can't spend the cash at the moment, .
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