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Old February 16th, 2004, 04:21 PM   #1
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I Just Bought a Digital Rebel

OK... actually, I just bought a Digital Rebel for my wife. This is our first real exposure to digital, and would love to hear any tips/tricks/tutorials/etc. you may know of.

Also, we're looking for a good zoom lens in the 55-300 range, as well as a good flash unit. Any recommendations?

Thanks!

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Old February 16th, 2004, 07:39 PM   #2
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While you can get Canon's 75-300mm USM lens for $300ish, if you have some extra money, consider these...

Canon 75-300mm DO IS lens
$1300us
http://www.dpreview.com/news/0401/04...non70300do.asp

Canon 28-300mm L series IS lens
$2500us
http://www.dpreview.com/news/0401/04...non28300is.asp

Don't forget the Digital Rebel's 1.5x multiplier will turn these into 112-450mm and 42-450mm lenses, respectively.
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Old February 23rd, 2004, 12:23 PM   #3
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go with canons 550 ex flash unit...
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Old March 7th, 2004, 07:50 PM   #4
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<<<-- Originally posted by Dylan Couper : While you can get Canon's 75-300mm USM lens for $300ish, if you have some extra money, consider these...

Canon 75-300mm DO IS lens
$1300us
http://www.dpreview.com/news/0401/04...non70300do.asp

Canon 28-300mm L series IS lens
$2500us
http://www.dpreview.com/news/0401/04...non28300is.asp

Don't forget the Digital Rebel's 1.5x multiplier will turn these into 112-450mm and 42-450mm lenses, respectively. -->>>

Umm...WOW..nice glass- I *wish* I had the cashflow for the 28-300L! I just took a trip to DC this weekend- finally took some decent shots w/ my new 10D (w/ 28-135IS) I'll post some later tonight if I get a chance.
But, yeah, if you *don't* have the cashflow for the awesome L lenses the 28-135 is a decent starter lense for around $400

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/cont...=149629&is=USA
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Old March 23rd, 2004, 11:43 AM   #5
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But, yeah, if you *don't* have the cashflow for the awesome L lenses the 28-135 is a decent starter lense for around $400
I also use the Canon 28-135 IS lens on my 10D and I think its the best bang for the buck and image stabilization comes in handy.

I recommend the Canon 420ex flash for the 10D since it takes full advantage of all seven autofocus points but I'm not sure the Digital Rebel will be the same. I had a Digital Rebel but only for a month before upgrading to the 10D.

Here is my past Digital Rebel with the 28-135mm IS lens.

http://img.villagephotos.com/p/2002-...Picture191.jpg
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Old April 6th, 2004, 08:10 AM   #6
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Thanks for the recommendations. I picked up the 550EX Speedlite last night, and as soon as B&H reopens from their Passover holiday, I'll be ordering the 28-135 lens. I'd love to get the L series, but finances dictate otherwise.

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Old April 6th, 2004, 08:30 AM   #7
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Great- let us know how it works out for you. Especially the 550ex, I've been pining over picking one up along with a vertical battery grip and extra battery.... but I just shelled out a bunch of money to upgrade my video gear (PD-170, VX2100, wireless system, etc).
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Old April 6th, 2004, 10:32 AM   #8
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I did the same thing. My wife got the Rebel and I got a DVX100A. Of course, now she expects to get $2000 worth of accessories since my camera was much more expensive.
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Old April 6th, 2004, 11:29 AM   #9
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I would have liked to have the extra power of the 550ex but the 420ex is a better match (IMO) to the 10D.

I will reccomend the Stofen Omni-Bounce available for both the 420ex and 550ex for about $17 at B&H

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/cont...u=89908&is=REG

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Old April 6th, 2004, 12:02 PM   #10
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Im thinking about buying the Digi Rebel as well. How does everone like it?
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Old April 6th, 2004, 01:38 PM   #11
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its awesome...

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Old April 7th, 2004, 10:55 AM   #12
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We're really happy with ours. For $1000, you can't beat the features. I just wish we didn't have to dump all of our Minolta gear in the transition.

You might also check out the Nikon D70. It's a little more money, but has a few additional features that aren't on the Rebel.

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Old April 8th, 2004, 10:11 PM   #13
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All of my students (6 or 7) with the Digital Rebel are very happy with the camera.
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