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Emma Leanne Smith


Please help me !!!
I have recently purchased a canon eos 400D and am trying to gather some kit together that I think I may use.

The camera came with an 18-55mm lense kit. However I love to take photos of landscapes and close up photos of flowers and people etc and am wondering if this will be ampful? If not any suggestions would be welcome - but I havent got a huge budget.

I also dont know if I would be better to put some pennies towards an external flash?

Any thoughts would be greatfully received!!!
Part of my budget will be going for a better photo online course so hopefully one day I may be able to help you guys with a question lol !!!!

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4/4/2007 4:08:04 AM

Debby A. Tabb
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/4/2004
  Congradulations Emma,
The Rebel EOS Cameras have always been wonderful cameras.
I would suggest having a 200mm lens as well these are great for Portraits, ad well as a bit more range when your out to catch nature.
Here is a link to a seller I use all the time, and A lens to consider:

and as far as a flash, well it's alwasy a good idea, but some times the
"Toys" have to trickel in.

Heres a link to a recommended Flash:

I do hope this helps and that you enjoy your New toys for some time,

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4/4/2007 6:09:59 AM

Emma Leanne Smith   Dear Debby,

Thank you so much for replying to my meassage- I genuinely didnt think anyone would and am really touched by your support and advice.

I think that I will probably go for the suggestions that you made. Unfortunately I currently only point and shoot and dont have any technical knowledge what so ever- thats why I will be attending a course!!!
Happy snapping!!!

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4/4/2007 6:58:21 AM

Debby A. Tabb
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/4/2004
you are more then welcome!
there is nothing wrong with using your programed settings, these alone will get your started and having a good time.
I might suggest a local Camera Club,
you can learn a lot there with out spending a lot of money on courses.
also if you have a local Calumet or Wolfes Camera- check with them as they will have classes and seminares as well.
Again, all my Best,

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4/4/2007 7:05:45 AM

Brendan Knell
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/17/2005
  Just a side note about the Wolf Camera classes. When I bought my camera from them, they included some free classes. These classes were really great! Before them, I was just using the auto settings, but after I started using manual controls. And let me tell you Emma, manual controls are so beneficial I will never go back to the auto controls.


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4/5/2007 3:40:13 PM

Emma Leanne Smith   Dear Brendan,
I now live in Turkey- I relocated from the Uk 2 years ago and unfortunately nothing like these camera clubs exist!!!
I would really appreciate if you would have a look at my gallery and let me know what you think. Unfortunately the pictures that I have taken have just been taken with the auto settings and I do not really understand adobe photo yet so they have not been edited.
I really would appreciate you advice and others too - after all you look like the experts to me!!!

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4/6/2007 1:14:41 AM

Debby A. Tabb
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/4/2004
When I was younger and had gotten my first SLR, I was not able to go to classes or join a club ect.
So I would get magizines and books and look at the pictures and copy the settings to see what I would get.
At that time I thought some day I would work for National Geo. and it was film so I had a LOT to learn.
I would keep a small log with me and write down all my settings.
Then when the film was developed I could see what I had done.
It is so much easier with digital.
I would enjoy your auto settings and hen you can try playing in manual.
look at online magizines and /or galleries here ( some of us try to put our settings down)
and use those as a guide to copy.
I hope this will help,

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4/6/2007 5:35:38 AM

Carolyn L. Fox
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/27/2006
  I don't have any idea how much the 55-200 is, but if it's too expensive, or not what you want, another lens you might consider is the Canon 28-135 IS USM. It does a good job for landscapes and people and has a macro setting that would be nice for your close-up and flower shots. It's nothing like a true macro lens, of course, but will let you get a pretty decent close-up. Good luck.

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7/6/2007 3:16:47 PM

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