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Hello, newbie to the dSLR world

Lesmc 9 3
11 Mar 2009 7:44PM
Hello folks, time to introduce myself. I'm Les, recently bought a dslr to try and get beyond the usual snapshot quality and hopefully find myself a long term hobby that gets me out and about !

My other hobbies at present are golf (mad keen but very average) and fly fishing. While both of these obviously get me out, they don't necessarily get me about, if you know what I mean.
Back to the photography; last year my interest surged to the point where I wanted to upgrade my "point and shoot" (a Ricoh R1). I didn't think I could justify the outlay of a proper dslr, so I bought one of those "bridge" superzooms, the Panasonic fz18.

The main reasons for doing this was the zoom, the reviews and the chance to shoot in raw, something I'd not heard of. I took it 2 holidays at the end of the year, and while the final quality was OK, very few photos blew me away. It was then I decided that if I was going to start taking photography seriously. I better bite the bullet and get some decent kit. Now I know that new kit doesn't mean better photos, but I've always liked my composition and subjects, but the Panasonic let me down on things like digital noise, depth of view etc.

So, last month I bought a shiny new Canon 40D with a EF-S 17-85mm IS USM lens. Since then I've added a 55-250 IS and a 50mm f2.8.

Of course I'm not in the National Geographic league yet (!), but I've definitely noticed a good deal of improvement in image quality. Its a very steep learning curve though, and I'm making a lot of mistakes. Hopefully, with a lot of practise and a lot of help from your good selves and this site, things will only get better.
If you bothered to read all the way to here, thanks !!

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Plossl 11 147 United Kingdom
11 Mar 2009 7:53PM
You have 2 very photogenic hobbies there Les Thats if your mates don't mind you taking their pics oh and welcome to EPZ
Lesmc 9 3
11 Mar 2009 8:36PM
Thanks Plossl !

I can't wait for the better weather to brighten up the foliage in both my usual places of worship !
john64 Plus
13 824 England
12 Mar 2009 7:12PM
Hi Les, welcome to the site. Always nice to have another Canon user join us Smile

Don't be afraid of making mistakes, that's one of the beauties of digital. You'll find plenty of useful advice here in the forums to help you improve.

Don't forget to let us see some of your work.


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