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Re: First timer needing pointers

****let me condense the post a little more. I always confuse or give too much info ahaha
I'm just looking for a setup that will help me produce nicer photos than my current point and shoot can. I'd like to stay in the Rebel price range(don't wanna spend more than $800 total if possible, so I'll most likely be buying refurbished) I've considered all in the T6 line. WiFi and Bluetooth aren't a big factor; Id rather not have to pay for something I won't use. I want to have nicer photos to help with getting sponsorships(I feel a more professional presentation could help us out with that) So, staying in the Rebel line up, where can I get the most bang for my buck? It's a small track and I'll be shooting from the fence so anywhere from 100-500ft at eye level and sometimes from about 20ft up in the watchtower. I guess I'd would be needing the most help with deciding on a lens. I have zero experience with anything other than smartphone and point and shoot cameras. Sorry for the confusion!
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Registered: ‎01-31-2017

Re: First timer needing pointers


miraclemar wrote:
****let me condense the post a little more. I always confuse or give too much info ahaha
I'm just looking for a setup that will help me produce nicer photos than my current point and shoot can. I'd like to stay in the Rebel price range(don't wanna spend more than $800 total if possible, so I'll most likely be buying refurbished) I've considered all in the T6 line. WiFi and Bluetooth aren't a big factor; Id rather not have to pay for something I won't use. I want to have nicer photos to help with getting sponsorships(I feel a more professional presentation could help us out with that) So, staying in the Rebel line up, where can I get the most bang for my buck? It's a small track and I'll be shooting from the fence so anywhere from 100-500ft at eye level and sometimes from about 20ft up in the watchtower. I guess I'd would be needing the most help with deciding on a lens. I have zero experience with anything other than smartphone and point and shoot cameras. Sorry for the confusion!

Well, your posts were all over the place and this one is no exception. You ask for recomendations on camera rigs, hoping that a more "professional presentation" will help you get "sponsorships," then at the end say that you need the most help picking a lens and that you have "zero experience with anything other than smartphone and point and shoot cameras"

 

I'm going to be brutally honest, because you're going to get umpteen replies recommending all sorts of lenses and cameras and will end up more confused than you are right now. 

 

At thiis poinnt you don't need anythng more than a refurbished Canon Rebel kit of some kind. The T6 or a bit above would be fine.

 

Focus (haha) more on learning dSLR photography. Buy some books, sign up for a course at your local community college, enroll in an online course, and get out there and SHOOT.  Because the best gear in the world won't do you any good if you don't know what you're doing. And believe it or not, having a great lens won't help you if you don't know anything about composition or how to control the camera. 

 

Oh, and download and study the full manual, no matter what you buy. Good luck. 

 

 

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Re: First timer needing pointers


ebiggs1 wrote:

Sometimes cheaper is expensive! Smiley Wink


True.  Buying something "for the time being" usually winds up being a waste.  

Some things just do not fit within a narrow budget.  Save up for better gear than a T6, IMHO.  You need high shutter speeds for action photography, which can frequently mean ISO values over 800, sometimes as high as 6400.  A narrow aperture consumer lens, will only translate into even higher ISO settings, which means high noise with a T6.

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Re: First timer needing pointers


miraclemar wrote:
****let me condense the post a little more. I always confuse or give too much info ahaha
I'm just looking for a setup that will help me produce nicer photos than my current point and shoot can. I'd like to stay in the Rebel price range(don't wanna spend more than $800 total if possible, so I'll most likely be buying refurbished) I've considered all in the T6 line. WiFi and Bluetooth aren't a big factor; Id rather not have to pay for something I won't use. I want to have nicer photos to help with getting sponsorships(I feel a more professional presentation could help us out with that) So, staying in the Rebel line up, where can I get the most bang for my buck? It's a small track and I'll be shooting from the fence so anywhere from 100-500ft at eye level and sometimes from about 20ft up in the watchtower. I guess I'd would be needing the most help with deciding on a lens. I have zero experience with anything other than smartphone and point and shoot cameras. Sorry for the confusion!

My opinion is start with a T5 or T6 and a EF 70-300 4-5.6 IS lens*. You will probably have sufficient change to also get a shorter zoom, such as a, EF-S 18-55 IS. This will be a starter kit for DSLR and you should need to remember that. What you save in money you lose in quality and advanced functions. 

 

This should be sufficient to get some decent shots. As you become more experienced and adept with your camera, you will want to move up. That is fine. Everyone either starts at the bottom or has more money than brains. 

 

* - You might consider a Kit that would include the body and a lens or two. Although most kits include the EF-S 18-55 they sometimes also include a EF-S 55-250 IS. The EF-S is lighter than the standard EF lens, but is a base lens. For your initial requirements though it may be enough. 

 

A word of warning on buying on line. Do your homework. Many shops are selling grey market cameras. They offer a great price, but will try to upsell you on the battery, and some other essentials. Canon USA will not register them or honor their warranty. Do a review search first to read how bad they really are. The Canon Store is reputable, but there are many others that are quality stores too. Amazon is not on my list but your opinion may differ.  WalMart's online store stands behind their merchandise. Others include B&H, Adoma, and KEH. There are others as well.

 

Another place to look would be in any large city, look for a brick and mortar camera store with a line of second hand bodies and lenses. Their staff are also helpful. They may be able to outfit you with what you need for an affordable price.

 

Good luck and enjoy your new hobby.

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