Tips for new Digital SLR users


Thomas Hawk has an excellent write-up of tips for new Digital SLR camera owners. A good quick read with some sage advice. In one of the updates, he adds a comment from “carpe icthus” (sieze the fish? my Latin’s kind of rusty…) that reads:



“Cheap advice for beginners? In addition to the basic zooms for the range you need, pick up a 50mm f/1.8 or f/1.7. Every line has one, they’re very cheap, you will instantly be able to do things with low-light and depth-of-field that you cannot do with a bridge camera, and practicing zooming with your feet will teach you a lot about composition.


I couldn’t agree more with this comment. Last fall, I got a 50mm from Canon for less than $200 (I think) and it’s gotta be the best lens purchase I ever made. My satisfaction level iwth my photographs have improved exponentially since I started using it. It’s also super convenient for travel because it’s so small and lightweight.


Comments (2)

  1. carpeicthus says:

    Yup, seize the fish, though it’s a linguistic mishmash.

  2. Gary Owen says:

    I agree.  I have the Canon 50mm F1.4 lens (slightly more expensive, around 350) and it’s a great lens for a lot of situations.  It’s a little harder to use than then 17-85mm zoom lens, but it often more fun.

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