What do I need next?

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  1. scorpion_tyr

    scorpion_tyr No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    I'm new to the forum, and still pretty new to photography. I've been taking family portraits and pictures for friends and family for about a year now. I'm looking to broaden my horizons a bit, and I know I need some more equipment. I'm on a limited budget, so I'd just like to know what you guys think I should invest in next. I know this will be a lot of opinions, but that's what I'm looking for.

    Here's what I have:

    Canon EOS Rebel XT
    Canon EFS 18-55mm 3.5-5.6
    Canon EF 75-300mm 4-5.6
    Canon EF 50mm 1.8
    Digipower Battery Grip
    Sunpak Digiflash 2800 External Flash
    A decent tripod
    1x, 2x, 4x Magnifiers
    Canon remote shutter release
    SanDisk Ultra II CF 4GB
    DANE-ELEC CF 4GB
    Canon backpack
    Cleaning kits, UV filters, and a few other minor odds and ends.

    My budget is anywhere from $200 - $1,000. So what should I get next?
     
  2. Overread

    Overread has a hat around here somewhere Staff Member Supporting Member

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    200-1000 is a big range in budget and there is an endless amount of stuff we could recomend for you in that range - we really need some more direction from you to give you the most appropriate advice.

    So firstly where do you think your biggest weakness (in terms of photographic gear) is? Do you find that you need more zoom on your lens; or perhaps lenses with a wider max aperture for indoors work; do you feel that need for a tripod and if so for what application (landscapes portraits etc...).
    Or maybe you feel that you want to take things in a new direction - a studio lighting setup or maybe branch off into macro or wildlife or sports or landscape

    Sit down and have good think about where you want to go and where you find weaknesses in your current setup. Then come back with some direction - that way you can get something that you will actually find a use for, rather than just something that several people recomended at random and ends up collecting dust on the shelf
     
  3. Bitter Jeweler

    Bitter Jeweler Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    I say go out and take lots of pictures. You'll find what you need next, by finding what is limiting you most.
     
  4. Atlas77

    Atlas77 TPF Noob!

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    If you dont know what you need then dont get it, save that cash and when the time comes and you come across something you actually need buy it. ;)


    Edit: Oops! sorry didnt see bitters post, pretty much copied what he said. :lmao:
     
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    mtfd635 TPF Noob!

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    Your skill n style should determine the need.
    When you realize 'i could have perfected that shot if I had..."
    that's when it's time to spend
     

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