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It’s been a long while since I shared a camera deal, in part because I’m not really a camera guy, and in part because I think most folks these days get the job done with their phones.
But, let’s face it, certain situations demand a good camera. Indeed, anyone with “prosumer” photography aspirations should switch to a dSLR immediately.
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nLike this one: Today only, and while supplies last, Meh has the Canon EOS Rebel T6 18-55mm dSLR kit for $394, plus $5 for shipping. It lists for $550 and would cost you $500 at Amazon.”
“The Canon EOS Rebel T6 / EOS 1300D is a solid if uninspiring entry-level DSLR, eschewing eye-catching features in favour of image quality and low cost. It’s a great begi
er option, but less impressive as an upgrade.
Despite their low price point ‘entry-level’ cameras are incredibly important for manufacturers. These are the cameras with which the consumer starts their journey with a brand u2013 and many of those consumers will stay with that brand for a very long time.
Because of this, you can get a lot of camera for relatively little money these days. The Canon EOS Rebel T6 (badged as the EOS 1300D outside the US) is Canon’s latest entry-level proposition, and it’s available at a great price for begi
ers, students or anyone new to DSLR photography.
The Rebel T6 doesn’t represent a major upgrade from its predecessor, the EOS Rebel T5 / EOS 1200D u2013 which itself was hardly a huge overhaul of the EOS Rebel T4 / EOS 1100D. It seems Canon has once again played it relatively safe with the spec sheet, which helps to keep the camera affordable for those all-important entry-level customers.
APS-C CMOS sensor, 18MP
3.0-inch screen, 920,000k dots”
“Whether youu2019ve just got yourself a Canon DSLR like the EOS 1300D / EOS Rebel T6 or 750D / Rebel T6i, or have owned one for a while, the camera and the bundled 18-55mm kit lens it just the start.
The beauty of investing in a DSLR is that while they can be used straight out of the box, thereu2019s a world of accessories out there to help you really harness their power and take even better shots.
These include additional lenses, filters, tripods and a host of other accessories. But with so much choice, where to begin? Weu2019ll point you towards some of the key items of kit youu2019re likely to want to invest in, and offer suggestions for each.
1. Standard prime: Sigma 30mm f/1.4 DC HSM | A
While your 18-55mm kit lens is fine for general photography, its relatively ‘slow’, in that the maximum aperture available is quite limited. Thatu2019s where a prime lens comes in. Often offering a much faster maximum aperture, they let in more light, allowing you to shoot handheld in much poorer lighting conditions. Not only that, but the faster maximum aperture means you can achieve pro-looking shallow depth of field effects to isolate your subject.
They come in a range of focal lengths, but our pick would be the Sigma 30mm f/1.4 DC HSM | A; giving roughly the same field of view as the human eye on a Canon APS-C DSLR, itu2019s whatu2019s termed a u2018standardu2019 prime. A must for any photographer.
Read more: 9 things you should know about prime lenses
2. Telephoto zoom: Tamron SP 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di VC USD
The next lens youu2019ll probably want to add to your collection is a telephoto zoom. Not only are these perfect for action and wildlife photography, theyu2019re also great for picking out details in landscapes and shooting tightly cropped portraits or candids.
While pros tend to favour the 70-200mm f/2.8 telephoto zoom, theyu2019re heavy and expensive, which is why weu2019ve picked the Tamron SP 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di VC USD.
Offering more reach than a 70-200mm, while also being more compact and affordable, this is a great choice for those looking to pull in even distant subjects u2013 and it comes with Vibration Control (Tamronu2019s anti-shake system) built in.
Read more: The best telephoto zoom lenses for Canon DSLRs
3. Wide-angle zoom: Sigma 10-20mm f/3.5 EX DC HSM
Youu2019ve probably found that your Canon 18-55mm u2018kitu2019 lens is pretty wide, but not quite wide enough for some subjects.
An ultra wide-angle zoom lens can offer a field of view almost be twice as wide, making it perfect for cramped interiors, big city landmarks, sweeping landscapes and surreal close-ups.
Our pick would be Sigmau2019s 10-20mm f/3.5 EX DC HSM, but itu2019s worth remembering that this lens is only compatible with APS-C cameras, so if youu2019re pla
ing to upgrade to a full-frame camera later youu2019ll have to trade this lens in as well.
Read more: The best wide-angle zoom lenses for Canon DSLRs”