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Canon Eos 450D get!

February 22, 2009

A while ago my Sony DSC-P71 digital camera stopped working correctly so I decided to replace it.

Started asking friends who own a DSLR for their impressions or any advice they might have, looked at some reviews and forums. Also saw photos taken with a DSLR camera compared to those taken with a regular point and shoot one and the differences were obvious. Lately the price of an entry level DSLR is only a fraction higher than that of a high level point and shoot digital camera as well.

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Based on what I heard and read I bought the Canon Eos 450D with the EF-S 18-55mm IS kit lens.
Got it from an online store abroad, that way I saved a nice sum on the 450D itself which I invested in accessories for it.

Since I’m just starting with DSLR photography and had to mind the budget, opted to keep it at the EF-S 18-55mm IS kit lens for now since it got decent review results, and not invest just yet in a more expensive lens.

Headed to a photography store yesterday to grab a few accessories too. Got a few items like a basic Tiffen UV protection lens filter (which mostly serves to protect your lens in case it should drop or bump into something), a screen protector, a Canon remote trigger and a Sherpa 750 tripod.
Also got the Canon Gadget Bag 10EG which was on special half price sale, turns out a bit big though, but it can hold a few extra lenses and other things like your mobile phone, GPS,…

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One may wonder why I already got a tripod, I choose to do so since alas I have unsteady hands and the trial shots I made do show this, even with the lens IS system. The Sherpa 750 was recommended to me so I thought I’d try it out. It folds up nicely, still weighs quite a bit though, so will have to see how well I can manage taking it with me on holiday voyages.

Saw comrade Anony recently got himself a Canon DSLR too, he opted for the 40D though.
Next step for me, besides learning and reading up on how to use it well, is assembling the right components for correct lighting to do some figure shooting like explained by Super Rats in his lighting tutorial at HappySoda.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. February 24, 2009 5:59 pm

    Congrats on your new purchase! I’ve got the same camera (and keyboard mouse combi) as you! haha. It’s a great camera and I’ve gotten many great shots with just the basic kit lens (although I’ve moved on and expanded my kit). You can always consider getting the Canon EF 50mm f1.8 to add to your system as well. Its a cheap but excellent lens (very sharp!). Enjoy your camera!

  2. Smithy permalink*
    February 24, 2009 6:29 pm

    Thanks, love the 450D so far. Will have to read up on using it well though, manual modes seem to take a lot of learning to achieve really nice photos.

    I’ll keep that lens in mind. ^^

  3. March 1, 2009 1:58 am

    Nice get!
    Im still doing everything with my 100€ Nikon Point and Shoot Camera.
    Ill spend the cash on a DSLR when im good enough with my Point and Shoot Camera.Hope to see some nice pictures soon

  4. August 4, 2009 11:54 pm

    I am a Canon fan. I took all these pics with it. http://www.openhappy.com/cosplay/main/index.php

    Anyway, how is your Macro Lens coming? The 100mm F2.8 one. I am thinking of getting it. Does it do well in shooting figures?

  5. August 5, 2009 8:59 pm

    @Richard
    Nice photos. ^^
    Ah, haven’t shot any figures yet with the macro lens simply because I haven’t bought any new figures since then. Though should experiment with the figures I already have. Mostly have done some plant and other object shots.
    It’s a great lens but tough to get tack sharp images with its narrow depth of field and my shaky hands when doing freehand. But if you use a tripod, you can get amazing results.

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