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Christmas treat. bought a canon EOS 550D!

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just picked up a Canon EOS 550D as i have become quite unhappy with the picture quality from my olympus 8010 of late.

 

The olympus has provided great under water shots while im touring and does take some great pictures on land. but ive found myself deleting so many more pictures after each trip now.

 

so bit the bullet and bought a DSLR!

 

now will come the frustration.. or joy.... of learning to use it!

 

please chuck up any hints and tips you guys have got!

 

 

Canon EOS 550D with a 18-55mm lense is my starter point..

 

bought from www.eglobaldigitalcameras.com.au/digital-slr-cameras.html on their christmas special!

 

i work as an outback adventure tour guide. so 90% of my shots are outdoors and scenic. also travelling to europe next year.. so ive got a few months to learn this camera before the Euro trip away!

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First tip. Buy a cannon 1.8 lens you wont regret it! Best 100 bucks you'll spend on it

 

Second tip, never use auto mode it sucks

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daz, been recommended a 50mm 1.8 lens actually.. so will do some more research.

 

and ill be starting on auto.. im a point and clicker.. who is upgrading... i travel to some amazing places for work.. and i guess while im lucky enough to do it i better get some good pics!

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Auto is fine with good light, just in low light itll crank up the iso and look shit is all.

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cheers! will keep that in mind! i plan to learn as i go.. as ill be on the road 3 weeks at a time so plenty of time to practise and work out what i like. all these hints and tips help !

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cheers, yeah ive clicked that link. problem is.. i travel for work. hrmm might open it on the mobile and save it to offline..

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dude if you ever want any tips, you have my number...

 

:D

 

and one day me and Mel might actually get down there and do a tour with you!!

 

M

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cheers mikey! will have to take ya up on that offer! have finally got it in my hands.. as with my work.. i went on tour hours before it arrived! so had to wait an extra 3 weeks to play with it!!!

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I got a 550d mid last year and I've just been tinkering with it ever since, I have to say I love the thing. Buy yourself a tripod and the 50mm 1.8. The photo bellow was shot with the standard lense :)

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well...

 

we are waiting...

 

pics or ban...

 

M

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I got one of these for my old man for his bday but I am thinking of getting one for myself now. I have a trip later this year plus loads of other adventures leading up to that. Sadly my phone takes better pictures than my current camera a Panasonic Lumix FZ7. It just isn't up to standard anymore :(

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Later when you surpass the entry level 550d features, i HIGHLY recommend installing Magic Lantern.

It will enable manual kelvin white balance scale, HDR video, intervalometer.

 

..basically gives the 7d,5d,1d features (minus the respective crop or dual digic)

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well...

 

we are waiting...

 

pics or ban...

 

M

 

 

lol ok ok.. ill have to check out what i got.. but you have seen a few of them now already!

 

also.. just got my 75-300mm and my 18-135mm lens!

 

the 75-300 was a gift/tip from a tour crew at the end of our trip together.. cant wait to get it out for clipsal!!!

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