i need help

4.18.2012

Ever since I read this post by Bryn... I've been thinking about getting a camera. Then I remembered that my mother-in-law recently gave me one of her old ones (that I had shoved in a drawer in my office). I pulled it out today and it's a Canon EOS Rebel XT. It looks like this:


And the instruction manual (if that makes a difference):


But as you can see in the first photo.... I don't have a lens. Since I don't have a camera and she gave me this one... is it one I should keep? Or invest in a newer one? If I keep it... what lens should I get? I'd love one that would work for taking pictures of my boys... as well as some interior shots here and there. Any thoughts/advice would be greatly appreciated. And I'll be back with a design post tomorrow!

21 comments:

Angie Davis said...

Hi Brooke! I've been following your blog for a while, but I think this is my first comment. I think we may have some mutual friends? Anyway, the Rebel is a great camera. I actually have a Rebel, just a slight upgrade from yours, and it has served me well for 5 years (and 3 kiddos). The 50mm 1.8 ( http://www.google.com/products/catalog?q=canon+50mm+1.8&um=1&ie=UTF-8&tbm=shop&cid=9079362058149002410&sa=X&ei=4RyPT4nNEpOi8QTCkZG-Dg&ved=0CJYBEPMCMAA) is a great, thrifty portrait lens. If you learn how to use your camera manually (or even in the AV mode), you can get some beautiful portraits. You will also be able to get some interior shots, provided it is a big room. It is a somewhat "zoomed in/close-up" lens, so it may be frustrating tying to get wide interior shots, so you may like a 35 mm ( http://www.adorama.com/CA352AFU.html?gclid=CMDt-fqWv68CFQqc7Qodv3PQxA ) for that (and it would still be nice for portraits too. HOpe that helps! Feel free to email me if you have any other questions (I'm no pro - but love photography). davisangie@gmail.com

Ridgely's Radar said...

I have the same camera and love it - takes great pictures. I say try to find a place near you (camera shop) who can rent you a lens to try out or buy a lens to go with it. I have 2 different size lens - will have to look up what I have, but a camera shop can help you. Good Luck!

Angie Davis said...

oops, sorry, those links didn't work. but you can google them.

Jessi said...

I have that exact camera and it is a great camera! I use it with a Tamron 28-75mm f2.8 (about $500 but you could use it on anothera body if you upgraded) and a canon 50mm f1.8, my favorite! I use the 50mm for inside and low light and "portrait" type stuff, and the Tamron for every day stuff, kids running around etc. definitely keep the rebel and learn on it, you can always upgrade later and keep your lenses! Good luck!

Jenny said...

I have the same as Jessi, bought the 50mm and love it! It's pretty reasonable cost wise. Saved up and bought the Tamron and well worth it as well.

Megan said...

I have the exact same camera and I love it. I've had it for about six years now and it's working great; never had any problems with it. When I bought mine, it came with the "kit" lens (the one pictured on the manual) which is what I used for the first few years. It was ok, but I eventually bought a Canon 50mm f/1.4 lens and it's awesome! I rarely use the old lens anymore, because this one is just so great. I would highly recommend it!

bryn alexandra interiors said...

That's the camera I just purchased from a friend of mine and I love it so far!! It came with the kit lens but I am eventually going to get this: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0007U00X0/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?ie=UTF8&m=ATVPDKIKX0DER

From what I have researched, is the best budget friendly wide angle lens and is great for taking interior pics. I am going to rent one soon to test it out!

Jennifer said...

I have a 50mm for my Nikon (basically the comparable model, I think) and I LOVE it for pics of E. I also have the kit lens, but think a good 35mm is in my future.

Melissa said...

I have the same camera and I, too, use the 50 mm lens! Love it!

0c99f314-8a80-11e1-8bd3-000bcdcb8a73 said...

This is a great camera!

The Polished Pebble said...

I also have this camera and I love it. I use 2 lenses for my photography:
1. 18-55 mm cannon lens for basic photography and action shots etc
2. the cannon 50 mm macro lens for detail shots and close ups

You will get just about everything you would need with those two basic lenses. Like the others said, the 50 mm lens is jsut wonderful. I use it alot for blog photos and it never lets me down!

New follower too!

best, Kelley

Courtney Wells said...

Ditto on the 50. I have borrowed my friends 50 mm and it comes highly recommended for her children who are photographers. Takes a bit of getting used to because you can not zoom with it, you have to physically move. Beautiful photos. Enjoy!

Stephanie Sabbe said...

We have a Canon 40D and bought a Tamron Lens, it is cheaper than the Canon lenses and has been great so far. Darby has the same camera you have and wrote a post on her lens, you should google it. We bought the same one.

Cat said...

I'm a Nikon girl, so I don't feel like I'm much help b/c I don't know much about Cannons. Do you know what year she bought it? I do know these days, digital cameras get better and better every year...sorry, not much help. :)

Erin @ NonShrinking Violets said...

Definitely keep it and get a good lens!

j i l l said...

Hey Brooke! I have a couple of thoughts. I shoot with a Canon Rebel, Canon f/1.8 50mm, and Tamron f/2.8 17-50 mm, and I edit in Adobe Lightroom. I've been thinking about upgrading to the Canon Mark 5 ii, yet have heard a couple of times recently to work with what I have since I'm a natural light photographer. In your shoes, I'd keep that body and get the Tamron lens, f/2.8 17-50mm (not of 24-75mm). Set your camera to AV mode, turn the aperture down to 2.8, and read up on film speed. It's a really versatile lens.

For portrait-style pictures of your kiddos, think about getting the "thrifty fifty," Canon's f/1.8 50mm. They're only about $125. A guy who took maternity/family portraits for us recommended it, and I've been so happy with it. It's Kat's favorite, too!

Good luck shopping!

a' la mode said...

I SO need a better camera. add it to the list right? lol xoxo shel

Lindsey said...

keep it. buy the nifty 50 lens- amazon for around $100... and then i use the stock lens that came with my cannon rebel XTi- I'll get you can find one on craigslist? or post that you are in the market on your blog. :)

inspired said...

TAMRON 18-270mm 1:3.5 - 6.3 with a Canon mount. TAMRON B003, there is a B008 out there that may be a newer version of the lens.

The link to the review below it one review of the lens. Near the top of the page just above the lens name you will see a drop down list. It is showing 1. Introduction. You can click on this to get more information on the lens. If you don't want to see all the technical info, click on the box and select 4. Conclusion & samples.

Anna said...

I just finished a photography workshop today and the instructor said that you could have the cheapest camera out there, that it's the lenses that matter. She loves the 50mm prime lense, especially for low light situations. For the cannon you can get a pretty cheap one. I think it is made by Tamron and it's less than $200. I used one this weekend and loved it but you do have to get up and get closer to your subjects but I will get used to it. Hope that helps!

charlieandjo said...

Love my Rebel even though my only instruction book is in Spanish. There are plenty of tutorials on the internet to help with usage just beyond the basics and after that I use trial and error. I went from using the program mode for every shot to using the manual mode for everything. Jo @ Let's Face the Music

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