I am new to the forum and asking for help. Our granddaughter plays basketball and I would like to photograph her. I kayak and would like to photograph birds. Is the EOS 760D the camera for me? Other? What lens or lenses? How can I protect my equipment form damage from saltwater? Thank you.
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My 80D with 18-55 from Canon store will arrive tomorrow. I think I made a mistake by not getting the 28-135. Should I leave the 18-55 in the box and send it back? I'd like to start with an "all-round" lens and one long enough for back yard birds.
Do you mean 18-135, instead of 28-135? The 18-135 lenses are pretty good. BUT, they will likely cast a shadow when you try to use the flash. I know that older 18-135mm lenses cast a major shadow on a T5, so I would expect a shadow on an 80D. The 18-55mm lens has a 35mm equivalent of 29-88mm, which is pretty close to 24-70mm that is very popular for use with full frame camera bodies.
The STM version of the 18-55mm is a really good lens. I would hang on to it. I can guarantee you that whatever plans you have for using the camera, you will find new scenarios to use it. I would keep the 18-55mm, and pass on buying a 18-135, so that you can budget more money towards your birding lens. If you can afford to do all of the above, then by all means, buy all of the lenses you want.
What about buying a used or refurbished lens from B&H?
I am not sure if I have seen any Canon refurbished gear at B&H, not in the last few years for sure. If you want to buy Canon refurbished gear, then I would only recommend the Canon refurbished store. They will give you a one year warranty, not just a "guarantee" of some kind.
I think B&H has a fairly good and objective rating system for their used gear. I think much of it is a bit pricey, though. Many times they will offer used gear that is rated "good" that has an asking price that is more than what is being offered in the Canon Refurbished Store.
Check what the B&H guarantee and return policy might be for used gear. I've bought a used tripod head and a "hi-hat" tripod from B&H, and I think I had a 15 day return window, and a 30 day guarantee.
Good judgement needs to exercised when buying used gear. You must consider the source. You must consider the return policy, for which B&H has a good reputation. You must consider the cost/benefit of expensive gear without a warranty. You must consider can the used gear be repaired, if needed in the near future.
With used camera gear, there is always a risk of mold and mildew contamination. Canon's refurbished gear has that new gear smell to it, so I think the contamination risk is small to non-existent with Canon.
[EDIT]. If what you want is out of stock at the Canon Refurbished Store, be patient. Most of the items will be back in stock in a month, or two, or three. The "L" series lenses can sell out very quickly.
Why is it so impossible to think anybody is not capabe of this. You were there at one time! I was there at one time. We all were. No time like the present to LEARN.
You're right, there IS no time like the present to learn. But I have no patience for the mentally lazy. Thus, I shall bow out from this thread henceforth.
"I like to take shots of clouds over the ocean just before sunrise. Would a 35mm prime be a good pick?"
Any lens will, "take shots of clouds over the ocean just before sunrise". It depepnds where you are shooting from and what AOV you want. A 35mm f2 lens could be a very nice choice if it does what you want. The EF 35mm f/2 IS USM Lens is a pretty good lens you will be happy with one.
I like to take shots of clouds over the ocean just before sunrise. Would a 35mm prime be a good pick?
It s a good lens. If you do not get the AOV that you want, then create a panoramic shot. But, you do not need to spend the money on that lens to create a panoramic shot.
I used my EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM to create the above panoramic shot. I rolled the camera to portrait mode, and wound taking a total of five shots for this view. The focal length was 100mm, shot using a 6D. Successive shots overlapped by roughly 1/3.
Instead of investing in a lens [I understand the curiosity, I do] I suggest that you invest that same amount in a quality tripod and head.