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Starter Camera Gear

Mark L.
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)
Canon Rebel XS DSLR Camera with EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens (Black) (OLD MODEL)
"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."
Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4.0-5.6 IS II Telephoto Zoom Lens (discontinued by manufacturer)
Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4.0-5.6 IS II Telephoto Zoom Lens (discontinued by manufacturer)
"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."
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Standard AutoFocus Fixed Lens - Direct Import (Gray Market)
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Standard AutoFocus Fixed Lens - Direct Import (Gray Market)
"This is another good pick.  It takes fantastic photos, especially portraits."
Tamron Auto Focus 17-50mm F/2.8 SP XR Di II VC (Vibration Compensation) Zoom Lens for Canon Digital SLR Cameras
Tamron Auto Focus 17-50mm F/2.8 SP XR Di II VC (Vibration Compensation) Zoom Lens for Canon Digital SLR Cameras
"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."
Case Logic SLRC-205 SLR Camera Sling (Black)
Case Logic SLRC-205 SLR Camera Sling (Black)
"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."
Dolica AX730P105 73-Inch Proline Tripod and Pan Head
Dolica AX730P105 73-Inch Proline Tripod and Pan Head
"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."
Opteka TS-1 TacShot Pistol Grip Ball Head with Quick Release Plate for Tripods & Monopods
Opteka TS-1 TacShot Pistol Grip Ball Head with Quick Release Plate for Tripods & Monopods
"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."
Replacement Battery for Canon LP-E5, EOS 450D, REBEL XSI, EOS REBEL XS, EOS 1000D (800 mAh)
Replacement Battery for Canon LP-E5, EOS 450D, REBEL XSI, EOS REBEL XS, EOS 1000D (800 mAh)
"You can never have enough of these gems."
BestDealUSA Remote Shutter Release for Canon Rebel XT, XTi, XSi, XS, T1i, EOS 1000D/450D/400D/350D/300D, Pentax Super/K100D/K110D/ *ist Ds2 / *ist D / *ist Ds / *ist / *ist DL, Samsung GX-20/GX-10/GX-1L GX-1S, + Many More!
BestDealUSA Remote Shutter Release for Canon Rebel XT, XTi, XSi, XS, T1i, EOS 1000D/450D/400D/350D/300D, Pentax Super/K100D/K110D/ *ist Ds2 / *ist D / *ist Ds / *ist / *ist DL, Samsung GX-20/GX-10/GX-1L GX-1S, + Many More!
"This is another time saver when using the tripod.  Well...  it saves you 2 seconds per frame anyway."
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
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
"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."