What Should I Save Up For Next?

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  1. vedahanks

    vedahanks TPF Noob!

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    I just purchased my first DSLR and some accessories. This is what I got:

    Canon EOS Rebel 600D/t3i

    18-55mm kit lens + UV filter

    50mm 1.4 lens + UV filter

    camera case

    2 - 8gb ultra SD cards

    extra battery

    I got this camera to take photos of my daughter, family events, vacations, zoos, wildlife, and maybe down the line, some more serious portrait photography.

    I'm torn between getting a external flash or another lens. I know I definitely want one for distance -- we love going to the zoo and photographing all of the animals but I'm not sure If I should get one that serves that purpose as well as being a good walk-around length -- 18-200mm vs. 55 - 250mm.

    What do you recommend/what should my priority be? Am I missing anything else?


     
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    Decent flash first for Daughter, family pics, then go and grab a lens for your wild life shots. IMHO
     
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    I agree with rokvi. Get a system flash.
     
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    100% off camera Flash

    You need fill flash even outside sometimes
     
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    I have never had to use a flash. I prefer to shoot natural light, so i would suggest the lens. If you need light for portraits go outside or near a window.
     
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    KmH In memoriam Supporting Member

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    I almost always used strobed light (flash and reflected light) outside when doing portraiture on location. Inside I used flash as my main light, and window light for accent light. Inside I usually used several strobe lights, reflectors, scrims, flags, and other light modifying devices.

    Strobed light is a natural as any other light.
     
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    You are definitely missing something. How about saving for your retirement?
     
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    And if it's dark....or The inside of the building is dark...natural light is a severe hindrance after about the first 6 months of learning photography...
     
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    Even in broad daylight it's a hindrance... which is why they make reflectors and disc diffusers. :)
     

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