Starter Camera Gear

A Listmania! list by Mark L. (Madison Heights, MI, United States)
The list author says: "So, I just got into this hobby after a long hiatus. I am always looking for a better gear, and hear a lot of talk about the EXPENSIVE stuff. This is my affordable starter setup.

I will add to this list as time permits."
Canon Rebel XS DSLR Camera with EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens (Black) (OLD MODEL)
1.  Canon Rebel XS DSLR Camera with EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens (Black) (OLD MODEL) by Canon
The list author says:
  "I kept an eye on this camera and got it for $400 on Amazon.  This camera takes nice pictures.  Your not going to do much in low light without a tripod though."
Used & New from: $180.00
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Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4.0-5.6 IS II Telephoto Zoom Lens (discontinued by manufacturer)
2.  Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4.0-5.6 IS II Telephoto Zoom Lens (discontinued by manufacturer) by Canon
The list author says:
  "This is a good lens to start with.  As you can see, it's not a "bank breaker".  Keep in mind it's an EF-S lens, so it will only work on the crop sensor bodies, and a teleconverter is not an option."
$208.95   Used & New from: $82.00
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,334 customer reviews)

Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Standard AutoFocus Fixed Lens - Direct Import (Gray Market)
3.  Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Standard AutoFocus Fixed Lens - Direct Import (Gray Market) by Canon
The list author says:
  "This is another good pick.  It takes fantastic photos, especially portraits."
$110.00   Used & New from: $83.72
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (680 customer reviews)

Tamron Auto Focus 17-50mm F/2.8 SP XR Di II VC (Vibration Compensation) Zoom Lens for Canon Digital SLR Cameras
4.  Tamron Auto Focus 17-50mm F/2.8 SP XR Di II VC (Vibration Compensation) Zoom Lens for Canon Digital SLR Cameras by Tamron
The list author says:
  "I bought this lens to replace the kit lens.  You'll find out fast that the kit lens is tough to use in low light, interior situations...  like parties and sports.  The fast speed of this lens (f/2.8) helps a lot, especially as the Rebel XS has a maximum usable ISO of 800.  This is an EF  lens, and can be used on a full frame digital or 35mm film camera...  handy to know."
$649.00   Used & New from: $269.00
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (169 customer reviews)

Case Logic SLRC-205 SLR Camera Sling (Black)
5.  Case Logic SLRC-205 SLR Camera Sling (Black) by Case Logic
The list author says:
  "This is a great pack for walking around.  It can carry a body with a large lens, as well as another large lens.  I stuff a couple of lens pens, a plastic baggie for when it rains, and extra batteries and SD cards on other pockets.  If you carried the camera in your hands, you could pack even more lenses. 

The wide shoulder strap makes this bag VERY comfortable for long photo walks."
$44.99   Used & New from: $38.99
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (965 customer reviews)

Dolica AX730P105 73-Inch Proline Tripod and Pan Head
6.  Dolica AX730P105 73-Inch Proline Tripod and Pan Head by Dolica
The list author says:
  "As you experiment more with photography, you'll soon find out how great a tripod can be.  This is not a cheap tripod, but it's not expensive either.  I find it to be sturdy, and it can hold up to 17lbs. of camera and lens.

Having a tall tripod means you don't have to extend the center column to reach your eye.  This helps with stability, and for photographing star trails and other satellites."
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Dolica GX600B200 Proline GX Series 60-Inch Aluminum Tripod and Ball Head Combo for DSLR by Dolica

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7.  Opteka TS-1 TacShot Pistol Grip Ball Head with Quick Release Plate for Tripods & Monopods by Opteka
The list author says:
  "This type of tripod head is much faster and easier to use than the pan head type.  If you shoot a lot of video thought, use the pan head."
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8.  Replacement Battery for Canon LP-E5, EOS 450D, REBEL XSI, EOS REBEL XS, EOS 1000D (800 mAh) by Fosmon Technology
The list author says:
  "You can never have enough of these gems."
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The list author says:
  "This is another time saver when using the tripod.  Well...  it saves you 2 seconds per frame anyway."
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10.  NEEWER® Professional Battery Grip BG-E5 Replacement Works with LP-E5 Battery + AA Battery Grip Holder + Li-ion Battery Grip Holder for Canon EOS 450D 500D 1000D Rebel XS XSi T1i by Neewer
The list author says:
  "Not really a must have, it will allow you to take more shots, and more comfortably in portrait mode.  It holds two of your original cameras batteries or 8 AA batteries."
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