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    Captain of the Ship Photo-John's Avatar
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    Article: Essential Camera Gear For Beginners

    I posted a new article last night. It lists what I think are the basics for serious beginning photographers. If you're considering your first digital SLR or trying to decide what accessories to buy next, you should read this article. And if you have your own ideas about what's essential for beginning photographers, please add your thoughts to the comments at the end of the article.

    Essential Camera Gear For Beginners

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    Re: Article: Essential Camera Gear For Beginners

    Great article, John. I think that will be very helpful. I only have one thing to add - I've only ever heard of "lens shades" being called "lens hoods." It may be helpful to note that in the article for Googling purposes.

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    Junior Member Stephensong's Avatar
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    Re: Article: Essential Camera Gear For Beginners

    Thanks for the article. One question, "lens shade" is that the same as a "lens hood"? Sorry did not read the post above.
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    Kentucky Wildlife
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    Re: Article: Essential Camera Gear For Beginners

    Good, common sense approach, John, keeping the attitudes, spending habits and abilities of the beginner in mind. So much of what is written about photography and equipment tries much harder to impress peers than inform readers.

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    Re: Article: Essential Camera Gear For Beginners

    Love the article.
    I would have added a LensPen to the basic newbie kit since spitting on your lens and wiping it with your tee-shirt doesn't work very well. heehee
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