Just bought a 2nd hand 300D - what accessory is best to buy next?

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  1. DwainDibley

    DwainDibley TPF Noob!

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    Hi, very new here! I'm hopefully recieving a Canon 300D/Digital Rebel tomorrow, can't wait! :D It comes with it's standard accessories and the EF-S lens it comes with as standard. No memory card supplied, so I've also ordered a 2Gb CompactFlash card for it, which I'm hoping wil also arrive tomorrow... or I'll have this nice camera but not be able to take pics as no memory card! :grumpy:

    Basically, I'll probably have £50, or £100 max to spend, what would be the best accessory, or accessories to get for to go with the camera?

    Another lens, filters, a dedicated flash unit, remote control, a few of the above? I'll probably buy a spare battery or two for it so I don't get stuck out with a dead battery. Or maybe one of those battery grips? I have a tripod, though I don't think it's a very expensive one.

    Sorry for all the Noob questions! :blushing:
     
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    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Welcome to the forum.

    A tripod is a great accessory, so it's good that you have one. I might suggest a lens that does what that lens can't...for example, a lens with a wide maximum aperture. The Canon 50mm F1.8 is a very affordable lens with a very large max aperture and it's optically very good.

    As for filters, I would only recommend a circular polarizer for starters. They are great when shooting outdoors in the sun.

    If you do a lot of indoor/people shooting...a hot-shoe flash might be a good idea. The Canon 430EX would be a good choice.
     
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    Thanks for the tips mike ;)

    The camera comes with a 'skylight filter' apparently, not sure what that does!

    I'll keep an eye open for that Canon 50mm 1.8 lens - perhaps see what there is on the market section of the forum. btw, the kinds of pictures I'm hoping to take would be sunrise/sunset pictues, landscape pics, also some macro/super macro photos. I'd also like to experiment with long exposure pictures too.

    The cam comes with that pop-up flash, but I'm guessing that isn't really that good, and a dedicated flash unit like the one you've recommended sounds like a great idea - will price them up on Ebay and local photo shops.
     
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    One of the best accessories I bought for my cam was a good strap. The TPF Op/Tech straps are great because they somehow spread the weight across to the shoulders instead of just the back of the neck. ( important when you start getting heavier lenses!)

    I recommend you have a look here!
     
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    I'll definately consider those straps, I can imagine the camera would get very heavy with a big lens on, and it would make having the camera round your neck all day much more bearable!

    btw, bit off topic but I'm finding that TPF is running a bit slow at the moment, and I'm often getting 'page cannot be displayed' error messages - is there a problem or is it my laptop?
     
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    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Yes, those straps are a great help...I have one and another one on the way.

    The forum seems to be working fine for me...although my connection here at work is a bit sporadic. It's probably a problem on your end.
     
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    PlasticSpanner TPF Noob!

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    OK here too & I'm "just up the road"!! :lol:
     
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    It really depends on your needs/preferences.

    Pesonally, I would suggest, with Big Mike, either a tripod or a circular polarizer. Which one first only you can decide

    The skylight filter, basically, will only protect your lens (if you scratch the filter, you easily get a new one; if you scratch the front element of a lens, it becomes more expensive to get a new one). Some are against that, some think it's a must.... again: only oneself can decide (now, that's help!). If you really take care about your camera and shoot in "normal" (?) situations, you may forget about it; if you tend to forget about that thing you're carrying or simply give your camera a tougher life, then I'd suggest using always the skylight
     
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    Big Mike gave some great advice on what to get. My parents have a 300D so I know you will like it.

    I highly recommend the 50mm f/1.8 I use mine all the time and it was the first lens I bought for my camera.


    I just got a TFP Op/tech strap and its great.

    I'd say a tripod would be the first thing that I would get. I use mine all the time.
     
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    They already have a tripod ;)
     
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    Ah, apparently I can't read. :lol:
     
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    You were already given great suggestions, I would jsust add the book Understanding Exposure by Bryan Peterson to your list.

    No need to apoligize for being a Noob. We all were at one time.
    I have the 300D. It is a great camera, ENJOY the hobby
     

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