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    Default Buying advice for my daughter

    Hi all,

    Our daughter is a keen photographer and would eventually like to go an and study photography at college when she leaves school. At the moment, she uses our Canon compact digital which doesn't exactly do the job.

    We are looking at buying her a DSLR and after much research, have decided to go for the Canon EOS 550D. My question is on which general 'walkabout' lens to go for. She is a keen hillwalker and loves taking photos of landscapes, wildlife and people.

    Our initial budget for kit is 500 - 600 but may stretch to a little more



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    Hi and welcome.

    Good choice for your daughter! The standard kit lens 18 - 55mm (that comes with the camera) is pretty good for people and landscapes. The lens when fitted to the 550D becomes 28.8 - 88mm as there is a multiplication factor of 1.6 due to the smaller than 35mm sensor, which is fine

    Have a read through this post which explains about longer zooms for wildlife. Do come back if you have further questions. Don't forget to multiply all lens sizes by 1.6

    And don't forget. Post processing is an important part of photography and should be used to sharpen and enhance pictures taken with your camera. If you don't have an imaging editor, then use the one in my signature below. There are 32 video tutorials to get you started. The most useful is the and for even more adjustment. The is a must (it's my favourite all-in-one adjuster). My Resize-Crop-Sharpen tutorial below, will get your pics ready for the internet or whatever


    Last edited by Chris Cool; 17-06-12 at 11:26 AM.

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    Hi Chris,

    Thanks for the prompt reply. Good to here the kit lens will be a decent starter lens, any additional funds can now be used to buy an external flash gun.

    Although the camera is for my daughter, we both plan to attend DSLR for beginners at our local night school, so we can get to grips with the basics.

    Regarding post processing, we use Photoshop and are currently working our way through every online tutorial we can find.

    As for the actual purchasing of the camera, I have been looking at
    I can get the:
    EOS 550D with 18-55mm IS MKII lens for 454.99 (delivered)
    EOS 600D with 18-55mm IS MKII lens for 509.99 (delivered)

    So much cheaper than everywhere else I've looked, just wondering what the catch is!


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    Hi, BigNorman is an on-line retailer. Also from Look at various star ratings!

    Always pay large amounts by Credit Card or Paypal or Google checkout. Don't expect the earth at those prices. Leave extra time for delays and all should be well.

    PIXLR below in my signature, is like PhotoShop. So it's well worth looking at some of the videos that I have linked.


    Last edited by Chris Cool; 17-06-12 at 01:14 PM.

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    Jan 2010
    NW England


    Hi the 550d is a good camera, what you have too make your mind up about is whether the 600d is worth the extra. You could use the money saved to get An external flash or another lens like the 50 1.8 as Chris as said the the 18-55 is a good all round lens. Good luck


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