canon 450d advice please...

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  1. achoudry

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    hi,

    i'm going to be buying the canon 450d this week. i am also thinking of getting the canon EF-S 55-250mm f4-5.6 IS lens.

    my question is should i buy the body only or go for the kit lens package, bearing in mind i am buying the EF-S 55-250mm f4-5.6 IS lens? will they complement each other or am i more likely to use the 55-250mm and forget about the kit lense?

    furthermore, does anyone have any recommendations for bags which will house both the 450d and the EF-S 55-250mm f4-5.6 IS lens?

    oh, one more question before i post this. should i get a uv filter or something to protect the lens? or will it come with a lens cap which should do the trick?
     
  2. mushk1n

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    the kit lens is 18-55, so for normal everyday pictures it would be more ideal than the 55-200. However I don't like the kit lens and would suggest going for a prime (28 or 50mm)... well thats what I would do anyway :)
     
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    I bought the 450D kit a month ago, and I have just bought the 55-250mm lens this week.

    It all depends on what are you planning on shooting, but I'd say get the kit lens + 55-250mm.

    For example, you'll definitely want to use the kit lens for landscape shots and even for your general/random travel shots unless you really have a long distance to work with.

    The lenses come with lens cap but if you want something to protect the lens while shooting, you can get a UV filter. Both lenses have same filter thread size so you only need one filter for both anyways. I personally don't have a UV filter.

    And finally, bag... I got my camera when jessops was giving away a free centon bag. It's a decent bag that will hold your camera, 1 or 2 lens and some additional accessories like filters, remote control and cleaning kit.

    This was it:
    http://www.jessops.com/online.store/categories/Accessories/Bags%20and%20Cases/Outfit%20Bags/products/Centon/DSLR%20Camera%20Bag%20(CB20)-67676/Show.html

    But, other members will probably recommend something better. If this wasn't free, I probably would have got a backpack since it seems to be easier to carry out, and bigger capacity (and more useful as well). Lowepro seems to be a popular choice I believe. :thumbsup:
     
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    Get the kit/bundle as the two lenses will compliment each other perfectly, covering the focal length range from 18-250mm (wide to telephoto).
    With just the 2 lenses a bag like this would be fine. As for a UV filter, it wouldn't hurt, but a hood would also offer protection and perhaps be more useful. Doesn't put an extra element infront of the lens to affect focusing and such either. IMO
     
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    I use a 450D. The kit lens is perfectly functional but obviously not brilliant.

    I use a Sigma 70-300 APO and the kit lens for the wider angle. I'm about to upgrade from the kit lens though to a Sigma 18-50.

    You definitely shouldn't sacrifice the wider end available through the kit lens - it gives you far greater flexibility than you would get if you're stuck purely at the 55mm+ range. Even if the kit lens is the only one you ever have at under 50mm it's still worth having in my opinion for that flexibility.

    As far as UV filters go - they have little to no effect on digital sensors but obviously still provide protection for the lens. I would get some Hoya green label UV (less than £10 each) simply as a protection measure. Alternatively get yourself a circular polarising filter as that is at least an excellent functional filter. Bear in mind, however, you won't want to keep it fitted all the time.
     
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    thanks for the replies. think i'll get the 450d with kit lens and also get the 50-250mm lens.

    by the way, how long does the battery last? i'm wondering if i should buy a spare. i am off to japan in july for two weeks and want to be sure i don't run out of battery half way through the day...
     
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    if its the same as the 1000d then I believe it to be ~500 shots
     
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    I bought the Jessops package 2 weeks back as listed in my sig.

    Kit lens is nice, as is the Tamron, but the Tamron dont seem to work so well at focal lengths over 250mm. Also bought a UV filter for £12.

    The Lowepro Slingshot bag I got with it is great though :thumbsup:
     
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    i bought mine around christmas time. it was the twin lense pack
    tbh i never use the wider lense and stick to the 55-250. also i think the image quality of the 55-250 is far superior.
    only thing i cant help you on is landscape photography as i havent tried it much.

    btw if you ever get tempted to buy the 50mm 1.4, then go for it, it is a great lense :thumbsup:

    oh and deffinately get UV filters. i bought a hoya pro1-d clear+polarising filter pack a month ago for £60ish. the lense cap fits on top of the filter
     
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    u can get twin kit from Argos for £636.19 which is cheapest i can find :thumbsup:
     

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