06-04-2014 06:56 PM
06-04-2014 07:44 PM
06-04-2014 08:20 PM
I don't believe in spending money just because you have it. If you're a total beginner, get a beginner kit. Stash away the extra money for when you figure out what type of photography you want and get some lenses for it.
$600 can get you a nice little kit:
06-05-2014 12:41 AM - edited 06-05-2014 02:37 PM
Get a EOS Rebel T5i with the 18-55mm kit lens. Birds generally take a long lens but you'll find a shorter range like the 18-55 more rewarding. With the savings from your $1.5k budget take a community course in photography. Photography is like that. You get something and then need to spend a considerable effort learning to use it. Figure that for every dollar you spend on equipment, you should spend at least a dollar on building technique. It's that important but the T5i is a body you can grow into.
Edited: The post previously said that a teleconverter could extend the range of the 18-55 lens was incorrect. The EF-S design lenses, such as the 18-55 kit lens referenced above, are not compatible with the teleconverters made by Canon and presumably all other parties.
06-05-2014 11:16 AM
I can't quite get to the $1500 limit but close. The Sigma 150-500mm f/5-6.3 DG APO OS (Optical Stabilizer) HSM AutoFocus Telephoto Zoom Lens for Canon and a Rebel T5i kit would make a pretty nice 'starter', 'birder' outfit.
The Siggy has a $200 rebate right now. T5i is around $749 and the rebated Sigggy is $869 = $1618.
B&H has a E+ used one for $799. ($749 + 869 = $1548)
T5i body only and the big Sigma would make it under your $1500 limit. The used one way under you lmit. Enoch for a nice tripod left over.
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