I'm thinking of buying a new camera in the near future.
I currently own a fuji bridge camera that just doesn't cut it for stock photography.
I'm a relative newcomer to photography, but understand the basics. My budget is about £1000.
I'll be shooting mostly outdoors, buildings, landscapes, wildlife etc. I also want to do a bit of macro photography. I won't be doing much studio photography and certainly no modelling shots.
I seem to be drawn to Canon and potentially looking at Canon 50D or a Canon 550D. People have advised me not to get the kit lenses and go for the body only option, but then I'm not really too sure where to start with lenses. Again, I understand the basics, but beyond that I'm a little lost. I've heard a 50mm f/1.8 lense is a good place to start. Preferably I would like to start with two lenses, one having a good range.
So basically I'm just looking for a bit of advice.
The 70-200 L is a good tele lens - f/4 or f/2.8 with or without Image Stabilization (whichever one you get is good, just depends on your cash).
The 24-70 f/2.8 L is also a good one, but won't cover the wide angle range well on a non-full frame body. Maybe you can get the 17-40 f/4 L, which is a great value for the money, but still won't be really wide on the 50D's sensor. The 10-22 EF-S is a great lens for crop sensors if you really want wide angle.
Yes, the 50mm cheapo lens is great, but I'd recommend the 50 f/1.4 - a bit more expensive but the quality improves noticeably as well.
I have the 70-200 f/4 non-IS and the 50 f/1.4 and I'm very happy with both of them.
Just some thoughts for you to consider when making your choices.
Firstly you mention a number of areas of photography that interest you such as wildlife, architecture, macro etc. If you try and cover all these subjects with a budget of just £1000 you will only be able to afford entry level kit which of course will mean compromises in quality and function. Whether this is OK depends on what you want to achieve - if you want to do stock as a fun hobby getting some pictures approved and not worrying about how much you might make then you will be fine. If you want to take it more seriously and plan on putting serious effort into stock photography entry level kit will likely drive you crackers in a very short time.
If you are planning on the fun route then a 550D 18-55 & 55-250 lens kit will set you back around £850 leaving you enough for a cheap tripod and head. This kit would do most of what you mention except perhaps the macro. What you need to consider is that you will likely need to shoot around f8 to get shots sharp enough for stock and for much of the time in the UK that will mean slow shutter speeds and a tripod or ramping up the ISO
You could instead get the 550D body and a 50mm prime + a tamron macro instead, these will give you much sharper images even at large apetures but the 50mm won't be wide enough for landscapes/architecture and the macro will be too short for wildlife such as birds, animals etc (but good for insects and flowers of course).
The above points are just two of many possibilities, the key point is to think really hard about what interests you the most and focus your attention around getting the best equipment you can for that particular area of photography and perhaps compromising on the other areas for now.
A last tip, if you buy quality lenses they hold their value well so if you come to upgrade you can get a good proportion of your money back when selling on or trading in.
Hope that helps a bit and enjoy your new equipment.
All this information will definitely help me make a decision. I think after doing some of my own research and reading your responses, I think I will have to concentrate on a less varied style of photography, and like you said Celwell, especially considering my initial budget. I do want to put effort into stock photography and eventually want to see a return on my expenditure so I can buy better equipment.