Stereotypical "is this a good starter set-up?" thread


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Jan 11, 2012
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I am new to photography. I need opinions on a possible set-up, this is what is in my Amazon shopping cart:

Canon EOS Rebel T2i 18 MP CMOS APS-C Digital SLR Camera with 3.0-Inch LCD and EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS UD Standard Zoom Lens - Canon

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Tamron AF 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5 SP Di II LD Aspherical (IF) Lens for Canon Digital SLR Cameras - Tamron

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Canon EF 50mm f1.4 USM Standard & Medium Telephoto Lens for Canon SLR Cameras - Canon

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Subtotal: $1,597.00

Now, $1,600 to 1,800 is probably what I am comfortable with spending. Before you ask, yes I am going to be doing photography for the long haul and yes I understand this might be a large amount for a beginner (I was considering getting a 7d before I realized how important lenses are if it makes you feel better).

I am interested in nightlife photography hence the 50mm 1.4, landscapes hence the wide angle tamron, and then whatever else I sort of fall into I guess... hence the kit lens. In addition I plan on doing some sports photography so is a t2i body really the best way to go?

Also I would like to do some videography with the thing, hence the canon. HENCE!

SO! Before I drop $1,600, what're your opinions? Should I upgrade the body (maybe a 60d?) and downgrade a lens? Are there better alternatives to the lenses I have chosen? Thanks in advance!
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Welcome to the forum.

I'd suggest jumping up to the T3i. It shouldn't cost too much more and it will give you the articulating screen, which can be very handy for video etc.
You could try dropping down to the 50 1.8. That would help with T3i upgrade. You should also consider a tri-pod and flash. Maybe hold off on the 10-24 though that will probably make a good video lens.

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