Originally Posted by Pope953
Thanks guys! I really like the Canon Rebel, Im going to check them out tomorrow. The lens your talking about the 50mm/1.8, explain what they offers? I don't really know what the numbers mean? Like the 18-55IS lens, can you explain what it exactly does? And explain the differences I would see between the two lenses?
The 50mm is your focal length and the f/1.8 is the maximum aperture size. The larger the aperture the shallow your depth of field you will have this means a smaller distance in front of and behind the subject will be in focus. A larger aperture also means that the lens lets in more light and will be better suited for use in low light conditions. This is good because this will allow you to use a faster shutter speed when needed and a lower ISO when in low light.
A prime lens (a lens with only one focal length i.e. 50mm) will also generally give you better quality images than a zoom lens (i.e. 18-55) but obviously you wont have the versatility of a zoom.
Also remember that the rebel bodies have a 1.6 crop sensor this means that the actual focal length of your lens will be 1.6x that of a full frame camera.
If you were to take a full frame camera and a crop sensor camera and set them up at the same distance with the same lens the photo from the full frame will show 1.6x more of the scene that you are shooting.
Before you go buy the camera I suggest you do some research on lenses and think about your current budget. Are you going to want to get deep into photography (Im guessing you do since you want a DSLR.) Would you be willing to up your budget a little bit to get a better quality lens, or can you live with the kit lens till you save up some more money?
When I bought my 50D I figured I would get the kit lens because I would be fine with it for a while. Well looking I wish I had only bought the body and gotten a better quality lens and this is the 28-125 that I am talking about which is a little better than the 18-55 in terms of IQ.
I now have 4 lenses and I am trying to sell the 28-135 to get something better but its hard to sell it for a good amount of money.
Last, research these three terms, and how they effect your photos in depth before you buy the camera and you will start off much better:
Shutter (shutter speed in particular)