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EOS 400D-which lens?!

Discussion in 'Lens Matters' started by MrsMc, Mar 17, 2017.

  1. MrsMc

    MrsMc New Member


    I have an eos 400d. My current lens is canon zoom ef 28-105mm. I am a complete beginner but doing some courses soon. I like to take photographs of people (mostly my children) and landscapes etc.
    Which lens would you recommend? My current one has been nice but I'd like a good alrounder for a beginner.

    Help and advice much appreciated please!

  2. MJB

    MJB Well-Known Member

    What do you want from a new lens that your current one lacks and what is your budget?
  3. MrsMc

    MrsMc New Member

    To be honest, I don't really know. I find my current lens is lovely for taking up close pics of the children which is a style I like but I would just like to experiment with another lens to extend my knowledge of what they're capable of as it seems to be a minefield.

    What do you think of my current lens? Have you used similar?
  4. PeteRob

    PeteRob Well-Known Member

    Hello and welcome.

    In Canon speak the letters EF mean the lens was designed to go on a full-frame camera - full frame is the same size as a film negative. The 400D has a smaller sensor and so captures a smaller part of the image cast that a full frame camera would. This means that 28 mm which was a common "wide" angle on full-frame gives a smaller image on the 400D so I expect that you often find that you are too close to a subject for it to "fit".

    Most cameras like the 400D now come with an EFS 18-55 mm kit lens. I would find this a bit limiting. There is an EFS 15-85 which is reported to be a good all rounder - though I don't know how much it costs. There is a big difference between 18 and 15 mm in the field of view.

    For longer focal length, e.g. for taking pictures of the children in the park, many people speak highly of the EFS 55-250 mm zoom.

    Generally on a crop sensor camera focal lengths shorter than 15 mm I'd class as specialist rather than general purpose because they are suited to certain subjects.
    The same is true for focal lengths longer than about 100 mm but to a lesser degree. Once you are longer than 200 mm, lens quality starts to become increasingly important - or rather lack of quality can show up rather more. This is partly because people expect more of "zoomed in" shots but generally speaking long lenses are unforgiving.
  5. andy8442

    andy8442 Member

    The Canon 15-85mm EFS lens is an excellent all rounder, probably the closest in quality to an L Series lens Canon make for the cropped sensor cameras. The 15mm end will give you a nice wide view you won't have seen before and so can experiment with. The one problem though is the price of this lens. Even used on Fleabay go for min £250.00, but you'll never lose money on it, and it is that good. Another way to go would be a fully manual lens like the Samyang range. The 85mm is a cracking portrait lens, and you would learn about manual iris and focus, and the art/process of working with a fixed lens.

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