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  1. fire34fighter

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    Hi,

    my names Brian Sullivan. I'm considering buying my first Digital SLR camera, and was looking for some advice. I've set a $850 limit for myself. A lot of the shots I take are action shots, as I'm a firefighter/paramedic that likes to take shots on scene. Do any cameras have some sort of an auto focus on them? Last year in highschool I took a photography class, so I have a basic understanding of the concepts of photography.

    I was looking strongly at the Canon EOS 30D. I was wondering if any one could give me feedback about it?

    I guess my next question is should I buy just the body, and buy a lense separate(and add on to my collection as time goes on), or buy a package.

    I'm mainly looking at:
    http://www.1wayphoto.com/products.asp?dept_id=10264&product_id=12336

    and was wondering if anyone could give me advice as to which lense package would be best for me.

    I also take a lot of photos at night, where I don't have a lot of light. Anything I should consider for that?


    thanks for any information.
     
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    Ahhh! RUN AWAY FROM 1WAYPHOTO! NOW!

    That site is a MAJOR SCAM from what I remeber.

    Check out bhphotovideo.com or ritzcamera.com or Wolf Camera (forgot the url)

    The EOS 30D Is a nice Camera though :)
     
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    the 30D with a 50m 1.8 would be a great combo. Fast lens for low light, and it's really light so you can carry it easily when on the job.
    Just...buy the camera from a site like bhphotovideo.com...

    If you want to get serious about low-light photography...you'll need a tripod though.

    Also, pretty much every lens made now is capable of auto-focus...
    But something I suggest is learning to use your center AF point. The rest are there for no reason pretty much...and just get in the way...one of the first things I did was turn the rest off.

    Good luck. Also, feel free to ask as many questions as you want.
     
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    ebay?
     
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    A scam? Really? I was just reading a feedback page on it:
    http://www.shopcartusa.com/1wayphoto/

    and it seems to have gotten pretty good feedback so far.

    The man reason I chose it is because I can keep my $850 budget by buying form there...Most of the other places I've looked it's been 1000+ for the body+a lense.
     
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    Thanks very much for the feedback. I'll check out that website.
    As for the tripod, I'll consider it. But unfortunately a tripod will be a little too bulky for me to carry around on the fire ground.

    Again, thanks for the feedback and quick reply.
     
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    Maybe you should shop around in the town/city you live on. I found a really good deal AFTER i bought a really expensive lens online..
     
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    Thanks. I hadn't really considered that. I was told to try and stay away from used cameras due to warranty/owner care issues. I'll look around and see what I can find though.
     
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    Hi Brian.
    We're just talking about it on another thread. In that case it's the 400d but we could swap it for the 30d http://www.thephotoforum.com/forum/showthread.php?t=99936

    All of these cams can go into fully automatic like a poocket point and shoot but you'll soon grow out of those shoes no doubt.

    I 100% do not agree with sideburns about getting the fixed range 50mm, if you want to get that too as an extra lens then fine but for starters get a zoom. For a few dollars more you could buy the body only and get a 18-200mm lens for a huge range for starting out with which will be much more practical.

    Welcome to the forum :thumbup:
     
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    Thanks for your input. I've also been looking a lot on ebay at these packages.

    As for the lense I guess my next question is the difference between Canon and Tamron.

    I notice quite a price drop in them, and there are a lot of packages that include each ones.
     
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    Also, I was wondering if anybody could tell me how heat-sensitive these cameras are. Of course if I had my way, I'd take it into the fire with me, but something tells me that the camera would not fair too well considering the temperature, smoke, and amount of water it'd face.
     
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