Can't wait for my 40D! Any suggestions on accesories?

Started Sep 23, 2007 | Discussions
tallshorty Contributing Member • Posts: 722
Can't wait for my 40D! Any suggestions on accesories?

I preordered my 40D with 17-85mm IS USM lens for $1584 CDN and it is coming in early October. In the meantime, I'm trying to get all the accessories ready so I can start shooting right away. This will be my first SLR camera so I am very excited!

So far I plan to purchase these accessories:
1) 4 GB Sandisk Extreme III CF card
2) Crumpler 5 million dollar home camera bag
3) Sigma 18-200mm OS lens (I plan to sell the 17-85 lens)

This is what I need advice on:

1) Filter: Can someone recommend an inexpensive (but still okay quality) UV filter and where to buy it? I'm going to just use it as a protective barrier for the lens.

2) Battery: I am not sure what the difference is between the various types of compatible batteries. I found this battery for cheap but don't know if it is reliable:
http://www.batterydepot.com/battery/CC-0570

3) A tripod: I don't want to spend more than $75 on a tripod because I rarely use one. I mainly want a small one (

4) Any other recommendations would be appreciated.

Thanks

Progress Lover Senior Member • Posts: 1,620
Re: Can't wait for my 40D! Any suggestions on accesories?

Tripod/head.
Remote release.
Spare batt.
Big storage device.
Flash-gun (or two - or five) w diffuser(s).
Flash bracket.
Off camera flash cord.
Comfy strap that doesn't say CANON DIGITAL on it for all theives to see.
Reflector.
A load of L lenses - or Sig EX.
CPL filters for them.
At this point you need insurance.
Filter set w ND-grads.
Big pack to carry it all in.
New job to pay off loan(s).
New custom built desktop computer.
Latest software.
Huge monitor (or three) of appropriate quality.
Calibration equipment.
Massive printer & a load of posh paper.
Laptop.
Another tripod and head for hiking (lighter) maybe abother for studio (heavier).
Light tent.

Ebay account to allow you to ditch the 300 or so useless items you've picked up in error or have decided you don't want or don't work as you'd like.
Daylight temp low-energy lights and stands.
Photo backgrounds w supports.
Brollies/softboxes.
Macro-ringflash.
Bellows and speciality macro lenses.
Optical bench.
Astro telescope w T adapter.

Large collection of obscure vintage glass that no-one else can get and appropriate adapters.
2nd body..........

When you get to that stage ask again and we will continue the list. Lol.

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jhal Senior Member • Posts: 2,178
Re: Can't wait for my 40D! Any suggestions on accesories?

No, no, no! If this is your first SLR ( D or analog) your best investment is to buy a good book about photography techniques and download the 40D manual ( do a search in dpreview so you save time when you receive the camera). Subscribe to a good photo magazine.

Keep the kit lens and go out taking pictures. As time goes buy you will know yourself what you need....

john

Progress Lover wrote:

Tripod/head.
Remote release.
Spare batt.
Big storage device.
Flash-gun (or two - or five) w diffuser(s).
Flash bracket.
Off camera flash cord.
Comfy strap that doesn't say CANON DIGITAL on it for all theives to see.
Reflector.
A load of L lenses - or Sig EX.
CPL filters for them.
At this point you need insurance.
Filter set w ND-grads.
Big pack to carry it all in.
New job to pay off loan(s).
New custom built desktop computer.
Latest software.
Huge monitor (or three) of appropriate quality.
Calibration equipment.
Massive printer & a load of posh paper.
Laptop.
Another tripod and head for hiking (lighter) maybe abother for studio
(heavier).
Light tent.
Ebay account to allow you to ditch the 300 or so useless items you've
picked up in error or have decided you don't want or don't work as
you'd like.
Daylight temp low-energy lights and stands.
Photo backgrounds w supports.
Brollies/softboxes.
Macro-ringflash.
Bellows and speciality macro lenses.
Optical bench.
Astro telescope w T adapter.
Large collection of obscure vintage glass that no-one else can get
and appropriate adapters.
2nd body..........

When you get to that stage ask again and we will continue the list.
Lol.

 jhal's gear list:jhal's gear list
Canon PowerShot G9 Canon EOS-1D Mark III Canon EOS 7D Canon EOS-1D Mark IV Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM +9 more
OP tallshorty Contributing Member • Posts: 722
Re: Can't wait for my 40D! Any suggestions on accesories?

Thanks. So you think I shouldn't sell the kit lens just yet?

Has anyone bought the 40D off ebay? Their prices are quite good and includes so many accessories: eg.

http://cgi.ebay.ca/Canon-EOS-40D-Digital-SLR-2-Lens-Pro-Kit-17-85-IN-STOCK_W0QQitemZ290162678774QQihZ019QQcategoryZ147173QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

Also, is it safe to buy generic compatible batteries or should I stick to genuine Canon batteries?

jhal wrote:
No, no, no! If this is your first SLR ( D or analog) your best
investment is to buy a good book about photography techniques and
download the 40D manual ( do a search in dpreview so you save time
when you receive the camera). Subscribe to a good photo magazine.

Keep the kit lens and go out taking pictures. As time goes buy you
will know yourself what you need....

john

Progress Lover wrote:

Tripod/head.
Remote release.
Spare batt.
Big storage device.
Flash-gun (or two - or five) w diffuser(s).
Flash bracket.
Off camera flash cord.
Comfy strap that doesn't say CANON DIGITAL on it for all theives to see.
Reflector.
A load of L lenses - or Sig EX.
CPL filters for them.
At this point you need insurance.
Filter set w ND-grads.
Big pack to carry it all in.
New job to pay off loan(s).
New custom built desktop computer.
Latest software.
Huge monitor (or three) of appropriate quality.
Calibration equipment.
Massive printer & a load of posh paper.
Laptop.
Another tripod and head for hiking (lighter) maybe abother for studio
(heavier).
Light tent.
Ebay account to allow you to ditch the 300 or so useless items you've
picked up in error or have decided you don't want or don't work as
you'd like.
Daylight temp low-energy lights and stands.
Photo backgrounds w supports.
Brollies/softboxes.
Macro-ringflash.
Bellows and speciality macro lenses.
Optical bench.
Astro telescope w T adapter.
Large collection of obscure vintage glass that no-one else can get
and appropriate adapters.
2nd body..........

When you get to that stage ask again and we will continue the list.
Lol.

mufutau55 Senior Member • Posts: 1,138
Re: Can't wait for my 40D! Any suggestions on accesories?

I don't see a speedlite flash in your list, you should get at least the 430EX but better yet the newer 580EX II. The only Tripod I can recommend is not small but tough and sturdy and will not break your bank at $130.,. it's called SLIK PRO 700DX from B&H here is the link to it: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/131427-REG/Slik_615_315_700DX_Pro_Tripod.html
Do not sell your kit lens (17-85mm IS USM) this will come in handy sometimes.

Mufutau

tallshorty wrote:

I preordered my 40D with 17-85mm IS USM lens for $1584 CDN and it is
coming in early October. In the meantime, I'm trying to get all the
accessories ready so I can start shooting right away. This will be my
first SLR camera so I am very excited!

So far I plan to purchase these accessories:
1) 4 GB Sandisk Extreme III CF card
2) Crumpler 5 million dollar home camera bag
3) Sigma 18-200mm OS lens (I plan to sell the 17-85 lens)

This is what I need advice on:
1) Filter: Can someone recommend an inexpensive (but still okay
quality) UV filter and where to buy it? I'm going to just use it as a
protective barrier for the lens.

2) Battery: I am not sure what the difference is between the various
types of compatible batteries. I found this battery for cheap but
don't know if it is reliable:
http://www.batterydepot.com/battery/CC-0570

3) A tripod: I don't want to spend more than $75 on a tripod because
I rarely use one. I mainly want a small one (
extend long enough to about 100cm with 3 pan tilt. Any suggestions?

4) Any other recommendations would be appreciated.

Thanks

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Juli Valley Forum Pro • Posts: 54,435
Don't go cheap on a filter.

Get a Hoya Pro 1 or B & W multi-coated one. Forget it if you don't buy quality. Also use the hood that comes with your lens, the Sigma one.
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Schwa
Schwa Senior Member • Posts: 1,230
Re: Can't wait for my 40D! Any suggestions on accesories?

I'd spend the extra $40 and get yourself an 8gb card

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B000FKQ8LA/02-4686-20

cause those suckers fill up fast when you shoot in raw.

Congrats on your new baby.

OP tallshorty Contributing Member • Posts: 722
But what about the battery?

Can I get a generic compatible battery? that has higher capacity? Or is it better to stick to Canon OEM batteries? And which model do you guys recommend?

SpaceDesign911 New Member • Posts: 13
Re: But what about the battery?

First thing you should buy before any lens is a good flash!
Upgrade that CF to an 8gb card
Hoya Pro 1 UV over any others, all mine scuffed, but the HOYA is still like new.

I bought lots of stuff but the best item was a Speedlite....every single shot indoors now is bang on in focus, sharp, priviously I was dumping 50% of pics.

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Nikon D810 Nikon AF-S Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8G ED Nikon 24-70mm F2.8E ED VR Nikon AF-S 70-200mm F2.8E FL ED VR Nikon AF Nikkor 85mm f/1.4D +3 more
Don Trust Contributing Member • Posts: 553
I'va had good luck with these
dawnii Forum Member • Posts: 97
Re: Can't wait for my 40D! Any suggestions on accesories?

Memory Card ok, Bag also, but don't ever buy a low cost extreme zoomlens. I did that once and I was terribly disappointed (it was a Sigma 18-200 without OS). The optical quatlity of the extreme lenses like 18-200 isn't that good. It will only shoot sharp pictures at wide angle to 80 - 100mm. On my lens 135 to 200mm were more than unsusable : slow, F6.3, and not sharp at all. And you get a lot of distortions and chromatic abreations for free.. For the money you can either stay with the 17-85 (which isn't bad at all) or buy something like a Tamron 28-75 F2.8. I would stay some time with the kit lens which can produce good results. After that you can always add a zoom lens like the 70-200 or 70-300.

Filters used as protective barrier is not that good. You will loose some quality and maybe produce more lensflares or chromatic abreations. Even more when you buy cheap filters.

The tripod can be cheap and simple. The only thing : it should stand very good, material has to be hard not flexible to avoid vibrations and shaking, and it should resist some kg. I think one could get cheap filmcamera tripods.

A good advice : read, try, test, and be patient.
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OP tallshorty Contributing Member • Posts: 722
Re: Can't wait for my 40D! Any suggestions on accesories?

But I read really good things about the Sigma 18-200 OS. All the reviews are impressive.

dawnii wrote:

Memory Card ok, Bag also, but don't ever buy a low cost extreme
zoomlens. I did that once and I was terribly disappointed (it was a
Sigma 18-200 without OS). The optical quatlity of the extreme lenses
like 18-200 isn't that good. It will only shoot sharp pictures at
wide angle to 80 - 100mm. On my lens 135 to 200mm were more than
unsusable : slow, F6.3, and not sharp at all. And you get a lot of
distortions and chromatic abreations for free.. For the money you can
either stay with the 17-85 (which isn't bad at all) or buy something
like a Tamron 28-75 F2.8. I would stay some time with the kit lens
which can produce good results. After that you can always add a zoom
lens like the 70-200 or 70-300.

Filters used as protective barrier is not that good. You will loose
some quality and maybe produce more lensflares or chromatic
abreations. Even more when you buy cheap filters.

The tripod can be cheap and simple. The only thing : it should stand
very good, material has to be hard not flexible to avoid vibrations
and shaking, and it should resist some kg. I think one could get
cheap filmcamera tripods.

A good advice : read, try, test, and be patient.
--
http://www.dawnii.lu

soundo_obuzz Junior Member • Posts: 26
Re: Can't wait for my 40D! Any suggestions on accesories?

Umm.. How about Manfrotto Modo? It's cheap, helpful and sturdy..

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