I’ve had some time to play with my new camera and it’s been fun getting back into photography especially with such cute subjects! While video is the latest craze there is a something nice about the simplicity of photography. Like Chess, the rules are simple but it is hard to master.
My starting equipment consists of the Canon EOS 30D body which has turned out to be an excellent and responsive camera. It feels solid in my hand and since I don’t expect to upgrade my cameras often I was willing to spend a bit more to get a good quality camera. I’ve been able to capture some excellent baby smiling pictures and that is enough to make the camera worth it. :-)
Along with the 30D, I got the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II (amazon). This seems to be THE starting lens to have. It performs very well and the price is excellent (~ $80). If I went with only one lens this would be the one and for most pictures is the one I use.
I got the Canon EF 28-105mm f/3.5-4.5 II also to be able to get those long range shots. This lens is also priced well compared to other lenses at ~$230. Some might feel the 105mm range is not enough and I can understand that. Sometimes I do wish for a 200mm lens, but that’s for another time. ;-)
On the recommendation of friends, I bought the Canon EF 28mm f/1.8 for indoor shots. This lens costs more then the others at ~$400 so it required more deliberation. It’s a nice lens to have, but the previous two lens should cover most basic needs.
Along with a new camera bag (~$60) and some lens filters (~$40 total), this completes my base set of camera equipment.