Getting some new equipment

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  1. Bryant

    Bryant TPF Noob!

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    I recently purchased my Canon 40D, but the other day, I was given a $100 gift card to Adorama. I'm not sure as to what is the most important thing to buy, as I am not able to spend more than that. I only have a 2GB CF card so I was thinking about just buying $100 in CF cards along with a CF firewire or usb. I have no need for a tripod, i have one and a monopod. I don't have a flash, but that's not really on the top of my list. I've heard about the nifty fifty, the 50mm f/ 1.8. I am unsure as to why I would want this, my 28-135mm has the ability to go 50mm, so what would be the advantage.
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    Also maybe filters?
     
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    well id go for the 50mm F1.8 if you plan on doing any macro or low light shots as it has a massive aperture for low light and for depth of field

    else a few more CF cards and a filter or 2 cudnt hurt
     
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    Chris of Arabia Herding cats since 1988... Supporting Member

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    Spare CF cards, spare battery, lens hood, cable release? Things that should be in every photog's bag. You have a bag, right?
     
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    Yeah, cf cards are my best idea. Spare batteries would be better to be bought on ebay, it's much cheaper. Whats the benefit of a hood, blocks sun and rain/weather, is it really noticeable? Cable release would be nice, but I think it'd be better to have about 4,000 raw images in my bag, rather than the ability to have a no touch shutter. I do have a bag:D
     
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    kundalini Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    Sandisk is running a rebate with memory cards and Andorama is kicking in with an additional 10% store credit. I think last day of scheme is today. I'll receive $165 in rebates.

    **note to self - post office run tomorrow**
     
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    TamiyaGuy No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    I'd go for the "Nifty Fifty". To answer your question, its advantage over your 28-135 is that at 50mm, I would guess that your camera has an aperture of about f/4.5. The 50mm has an aperture of f/1.8. This has two advantages: you'll be able to get a MUCH faster shutter speed (start thinking 1/4000 in daylight), and you'll be able to get a really thin Depth of Field (DOF).

    The fifty, in my opinion, really is a must-have if you've got the cash.
     
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    are you kidding me? the best deal for good cheap cards is definitley batterygeinie.com
    customer service is on point too
     
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    I would get a Vivitar 285hv or a nifty fifty
     
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    +1

    You will see the different once you use the 50mm F/1.8 in low light situation or after you take a photo with bokeh.

    As for the flash. Vivitar 286hv is also one of the flash I would like to buy as well. :)
     

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