go with the rebel xti thats a good starter camera for ya. try lookin in some camera forums see if they have a buy,sell,or trade thread. most photogs take good care of there equipment and you can get it dirt cheep. get ya a few lenes maybe a wide angle and a telephoto lens for starters. practice practice practice check out the sigma web site for your good lens. so by next year you can afford a 70-200 2.8 and get a 1.4 tele converter. then your off a running
Got a Rebel XS with a 70-300 lens.Great setup.Took a course at Brookdale and it definitely helped me alot.I also have a Pentax Optio W60 waterproof point and shoot with vid. Check out B&H website.I got my Cannon setup for $500 and that was including the 2 lenses.That same setup at Target and Best buy would be around $800.That was just a special going on thou.That was a couple years ago thou around Christmas time.
hey dude iv got a canon digital rebel xt (DSLR) with 3 lenses (kit, 80-200mm, and 70-300mm). The two big lenses are great for surf photos and i have taken this set up on several trips. I'd take $420 cash for the whole get up. PM me if you want it. Located in norfolk / vb area.
It was all over $1200 new but im just looking to unload some toys.
I too am a n00bie and I went with the Canon T1i as my starting place. I have a few lens besides the kit and made sure I bought good glass so when I upgrade the body I won't need to do much.
As tbing said www.bhphotovideo.com also has good selection for online. I buy most stuff from there after looking at Amazon to price compare. Decide what you want to shoot and practice then practice some more. It is also good to know how to process your photos after the fact.
Only read the OP, but I dab into taking photos occasionally and here is the route I took. I didn't go the "stand on the beach" route. Instead I bought an Olympus Stylus 1030 SW, and it isn't to expensive.
It takes great pictures, the zoom isn't to great(you can still take pictures on the beach, just not far away and zoomed in tons), and it is fully waterproof without the extra case. Overall my family has 4 of them, takes great video, is shock/freeze/waterproof and even out of the water it is great.
I bought the additional waterproof case for it, since when I take photos I am wearing flippers and I am diving a lot. You don't need a case since the camera itself goes beyond any normal depth you will dive, but the case makes it a bit easier to handle and makes me feel better about it not accidentally opening up and leaking :P. When I bought mine the camera was $300, and the case was between $150 and $200 and hasn't broken in the past 3 years.
As a comparison I owned a Go Pro camera(which many use now) and it only lasted 1 1/2 years, I kept it clean and in good shape, but the casing broke and leaked when my brother as diving with it. With an Olympus even if this happens the camera itself is already waterproof.
Get a tripod as well. I wish I shot more surfing with a tripod. Many images that look great (color, angle, surfing, timing) are ruined due to an unlevel horizon. Get a tripod that can support the weight of your camera and zoom lens. Set it up level with the horizon then take the shots.
To get some good action shots, a high burst rate isn't necessary. You need to have timing in your hands and be able to see the line happening before you shoot. If you already surf, think what you would do in that exact situation and shoot when it's gonna happen. Practice this by shooting passing traffic, any action sports, birds... etc