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Posted: 7/31/2016 2:08:00 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/15/2016 11:49:12 PM EDT by walther1978]
The best camera I've used so far is on my Galaxy S5.  My friend who does pictures for kids and families upgraded and offered her Canon T3 to me for $150.  I figured it was worth a try. Came with an 18-55 and a 55-250mm lens as well as a battery.  Everything is in excellent shape. No scratches on lenses or the body of the camera.

I bought the following on Amazon.  Canon neck strap, $16. Replacement rubber eyepiece, $9.  Lexar professional 1000x 32g SD card, $23. 2 pack batteries and charger, $21. I downloaded the almost 300 page PDF copy of the user manual today, printed and threw it in a binder to begin studying.

In all I'm in it about $225 or so. I'd like to take pictures of animals, some scenery and of course my guns. Where to begin besides reading the manual and practicing? Do I need more lenses than I have now?  From what I've read the T3 is more of an entry level camera but I imagine for my needs it will serve fine.  

Edit to add.  I also purchased a lens pen and cleaning kit for $9.

Link Posted: 7/31/2016 3:31:42 AM EDT
DSLRs are basically a computer with a lens on the front. What you have bought into is a lens system. Cameras come and go; the lenses last forever.

The manual will tell you HOW to do things. You will need books or videos on WHY to do things.

You have a good starting point for generic photography with the given lenses. Lenses are a "right tool for the job" kind of thing. Which ones you get next will depend on what you want to do.
Link Posted: 7/31/2016 10:42:33 AM EDT
I see "L" lens and FF body disease coming for you soon!
Link Posted: 7/31/2016 12:09:01 PM EDT
Link Posted: 8/15/2016 11:45:48 PM EDT
Here are some pictures I took in the last week.  Care to give me any tips?



































Link Posted: 8/16/2016 7:09:01 AM EDT
well done!
Link Posted: 8/16/2016 12:42:57 PM EDT
Nice work
Link Posted: 8/20/2016 9:54:18 AM EDT

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Originally Posted By walther1978:


Here are some pictures I took in the last week.  Care to give me any tips?



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Your off to a great start.

 
Link Posted: 8/20/2016 9:33:12 PM EDT
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well done!
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Thanks!  I have a TON to learn.  I might see about taking a class if one is offered at a junior college or online.  I also need to watch more youtube videos and get some books.  I have the general idea on how everything works but every condition is different.  I have a lot more pictures I've taken the last few days.  The wife and all around me say I have a good eye for things, I just need to figure out how to get the camera to see things the way I do.
Link Posted: 8/21/2016 1:27:45 PM EDT

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Originally Posted By walther1978:
Thanks!  I have a TON to learn.  I might see about taking a class if one is offered at a junior college or online.  I also need to watch more youtube videos and get some books.  I have the general idea on how everything works but every condition is different.  I have a lot more pictures I've taken the last few days.  The wife and all around me say I have a good eye for things, I just need to figure out how to get the camera to see things the way I do.
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Originally Posted By CB1:

well done!




Thanks!  I have a TON to learn.  I might see about taking a class if one is offered at a junior college or online.  I also need to watch more youtube videos and get some books.  I have the general idea on how everything works but every condition is different.  I have a lot more pictures I've taken the last few days.  The wife and all around me say I have a good eye for things, I just need to figure out how to get the camera to see things the way I do.




 
You do have a good eye for it. I'm guessing that the hummer pics are a bit grainy because your having to pump up the iso due to the fast shutter speed and slower kit lenses? YOur photos are really good, sunflower.
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