05-16-2018 10:40 AM - edited 05-16-2018 10:42 AM
Glad you are gettng closer to a decision.
Ernie is right. Many of the "kit deals" on Amazon should not be trusted. While I have purchased a few lenses there, they were all either sold by Amazon or from a trusted authorized Canon reseller such as Digital Goja in FL. These days I buy my equipment from B&H or Canon. I did just buy a Sigma Dock "Kit" from from Amazon (Digital Goja) actually, but it was a cleaning kit bundle for the same price (with tax or without) and everyone needs a few lens puffers, cleaning cloths, etc.
But definitely stay away from sellers offering a complete package that includes tripod, filters, flash, memory card, storage bag.. and so on. These are often grey market or refurbished produtcs and you just don't know what you're getting. While saving money is impotant, deals on Canon's site come and go. Somethimes its timing. Good luchk, you're in the home stretch.
05-16-2018 10:42 AM
This is not a super sharp shot as I had the snap it hand holding my biy Siggy S 150-600mm zoom. But it is sorta cool with the hummer chasing away the wasp from the feeder.
05-16-2018 10:43 AM
Great shot... Bird >>> Bug!
05-22-2018 10:56 PM - edited 05-22-2018 10:58 PM
So I ended up buying the 77D. Here is my very first bird in flight shot. Please, I am aware it is awful. Just wanted to share because even though it is blurry and way sub par compared to what most here are probably capable of, it is my first and I am excited about it. It was taken through my living room window from about 25 feet away. I used the kit lens, Canon EFS 18-135 USM.
05-25-2018 12:49 AM
Every photographer has some place, or some type of subject, that they use as “reference standard” when evaluating new gear, or their technique. For me, for most of my lenses, it is an outdoor landscape location. It has become my “training ground.”
Pay special attention to these photos that you have posted, right down to the last detail. Save them. It will take you some time , through repeated photos as your technique, or gear, evolves to build a large enough sample of photographs to allow a critical evaluation of what you are doing.
in other words, keep shooting, and don’t stop.
05-25-2018 01:46 PM
Congrats on getting into bird and wildlife photography! I am also a beginner photographer who is just getting started too. If you want a lens with good reach and is affordable, I would get the 55-250mm STM lens which costs $300 new. The focusing should be quick enough and allows you to get closer to the animals.
I also have 3 good tips that will improve your wildlife photos:
1. Fill the frame. In other words, get as close as you can on your subject, especially with smaller animals while trying not to disturb it.
2. Use a fast shutter speed. Set your camera in shutter priority (Tv Mode) with the aperture wide open and on Auto ISO. For fast action, set your shutter speed at 1/500 or in fact 1/1000 of a second or higher to freeze the animal's movement. For subjects staying still or on a perch, shoot at a shutter speed as slow as you can get away with while making sure that the subject is sharp and in focus.
3. Don't be afraid to raise the ISO if you need to. A noisy sharp photo will be better than a less noisy blurry picture.
I hope this helps you out. If you have any further questions, don't hesitate to ask us.