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Re: New member needs help


RobertTheFat wrote:

lurechunker wrote:
How about a T6 with a 75-300 for backyard birding?

If by "backyard birding" you mean that you set up a feeder and then hang out until the birds get used to you sitting there in a lawn chair and taking their pictures, that rig would probably be sufficient. But for anything beyond that, I think you'd be seriously under-equipped.


Setting up a feeder is actually a good way to attract birds for photos.  Hummingbirds are one good example, who seem to like sugar water, I think.  But, you will need a blind of some kind to hide yourself.  Some folks set up the feeder near a window, so that they can set up a camera mounted tripod to take pictures.

 

I would recommend that you stay away from the budget priced 75-300mm lenses.  The 55-250mm budget lenses are much better.  The T6 is the bottom rung DSLR, designed for new users.  It has a menu system that describes what many settings do.  But, the camera itself has been purposely crippled, in order to cut the selling price.  I would advise a Rebel T5i, T6i, or T6s.  This advice does not supersede my prior advice regarding the 80D, which I think is the best buy in the Canon lineup.

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Refurbished by Cannon seems to be the best option. I like the idea of a good product at a reduced cost. In looking at the Canon ad for the T6 bundle, I did not see "EF" associated with the 18-55mm and 75-300mm lenses. Should I be concerned? Is there a contact number to call for verification? Should I buy a protective filter? Any filter? What tripod do you recommend? What memory card? Anything else? Thanks.
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I am now looking at a refurbished T6s with two refurbished lenses. Thoughts?
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T6s is great camera. Even though it is a Rebel it has upper level features like top LCD panel and 19 focus points.

 

A T6s with two STM lenses covering 18-250mm would be a great kit. 

 

Hereis a screen shot of a frame with the 55-250 STM.

 

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Here's a screen shot of a 1:1 section of the image showing level of detail.

 

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John Hoffman
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1D X, Rebel T5i, Many lenses, Pixma PRO-100, MX472
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Re: New member needs help


jrhoffman75 wrote:

T6s is great camera. Even though it is a Rebel it has upper level features like top LCD panel and 19 focus points.

 

A T6s with two STM lenses covering 18-250mm would be a great kit. 


That is an awesome package.  Just don't get it wet.

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Re: New member needs help


lurechunker wrote:
Refurbished by Cannon seems to be the best option. I like the idea of a good product at a reduced cost. In looking at the Canon ad for the T6 bundle, I did not see "EF" associated with the 18-55mm and 75-300mm lenses. Should I be concerned? Is there a contact number to call for verification? Should I buy a protective filter? Any filter? What tripod do you recommend? What memory card? Anything else? Thanks.

The Canon Onlne Store has links that appear, which connect you to a sales expert.

 

I, for one, believe in using protective filters.  They are not a "must have" accessory, though.  

 

As far as tripods go, I have yet to see a quality tripod being offered at the Big Blue Box store.  You co not want a plastic tripod, because they tend to shake and break too easily.  A quality tripod is made of metal, or carbon fiber.  A quality tripod has a detachable, interchangeable head.  Look for a tripod that has a maximum load capacity of at least 4-5 times the combined weight of your camera and heaviest lens.  Tripods are most stable with their center columns fully retracted, not extended.

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Please give specifics on an acceptable tripod...make, model and a place to buy. Must be compatible with T6s.
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Waddizzle is right. A tripod is one item where you don't want to go "entry level". MeFoto and Induro make mike products. The carbon fiber MeFoto is lightweight; sturdy and stable with Rebel series kits. Its in the $400 dollar price range, if i recall correctly.

 

Besides not being durable, cheap tripods are flimsy and don't hold the camera steady. I think they are actually worse than no tripod, becasue if you are holding the camera you can steady it. If you put it on a trripod you are removed from the body and can't really tell that it is moving..

 

Forum rules limit what we can post, but Amazon, B&H, Adorama are all reputable stores that I have used.

 

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I like Benro tripods, which is another brand name for Induro and MeFoto.  I like Benro brands because all of them come with cases, and the tripod heads are better quality than most other brands.  

 

I own a Benro monopod, and a medium duty video tripod.  I own an Induro travel tripod, which is similar to the above MeFoto model, and a very HEAVY duty video tripod.  All of the tripods are as solid as oak trees, and I bought all of them when they were on sale at B&H.  I literally waited for the clearance sales.  

 

I like video tripods because they lack center columns, which tend to destabilize a tripod when you raise them.  Look for a tripod  kit with a ball head.  A ball head with a friction adjustment is more desireable than one without a friction adjustment.

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lurechunker wrote:
Refurbished by Cannon seems to be the best option. I like the idea of a good product at a reduced cost. In looking at the Canon ad for the T6 bundle, I did not see "EF" associated with the 18-55mm and 75-300mm lenses. Should I be concerned? Is there a contact number to call for verification? Should I buy a protective filter? Any filter? What tripod do you recommend? What memory card? Anything else? Thanks.

Not quite sure what you were looking at, but the refurbished kit lenses that come with the T6 package are listed as:

 

"EOS Rebel T6 EF-S 18-55 with EF 75-300MM f/4-5.6 III Refurbished'

 

See https://shop.usa.canon.com/shop/en/catalog/eos-rebel-t6-ef-s-18-55-with-ef-75-300mm-f-4-56-iii-refur...

 

I use a UV filter on my lens, due to the environments I shoot in, such as the California desert and various spots along the seashore. I will also be getting a polarizing filter shortly. I haven't experienced any of the flare issues that others report with the UV filter. I don't shoot into the sun.

 

I use a Sandisk 32GB SDXC card in my T6. Works great. As for a tripod, I have the Manfrotto 290 Light Tripod with Ball Head. I paid $79.99 for it a member store. It's plenty stable for my T6. 

 

Whether you go with the refurbished T6 or T6s, you'll be getting a great deal without overspending. 

 

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