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Hi all... I am new here (first post) and am looking for some help.

I am looking at getting my very first high end "ish" camera. I have been looking at the Canon EOS Rebel T1i 15.1MP 3" LCD Digital SLR. The purpose of this camera is to mostly take pictures of aquaria... octopuses fish corals ect. I want to take videos and also have a good macro setting.

I have no idea what most of the info means with cameras so I am often lost when reading the threads. I need KISS (keep it simple stupid). Please dumb it down for me. Do I need a 18-55mm Lens? Is this for macro? I have absolutely no idea what I would need (if I would need) anything to help shoot macro pics.

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Default Re: Feeling WAY OUT of my element... newbie in search of a camera

I use a Canon EOS 60D. I am a beginner but I love it.
I use an 18-135mm zoom lens which is good for most shooting purposes.
For better macro, you will need a dedicated macro lens.
However, when shooting with a macro lens, you need to be very close to the subject.
I don't think you'll be getting in the water with the marine life so maybe a zoom lens is better for you?

I know there are some others on this forum that know much much more about photography. Maybe they will chime in. If not, I would suggest going to a forum for photographers/photography. After all, this is a laser forum if you haven't noticed.

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LOL Oh... opps... I didnt really notice When I searched I found a thread here about cameras and just thought it was some other kind of name or tech terms. I am so super lost lol.

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I'd encourage you to go try out the T1i, D5000/5100 (not sure if the 5100 is fully available yet), and similarly priced cameras.

I fully intended to go the Canon route and ended up with a D7000 based on field tests with both.

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