Better Camera or Better Lens (on a lesser Camera)?

Discussion in 'Photography' started by Mike, Jun 17, 2005.

  1. Mike

    Mike Guest

    In your opinion am I better off going this route ...

    Canon Digital Rebel XT (350D)

    Canon Zoom Wide Angle-Telephoto EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Image
    Stabilizer

    Canon EW-78BII Lens Hood for EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens

    Sandisk 1GB Ultra II CompactFlash Card

    Or with a ...

    Canon EOS 20D, with Canon 18-55mm "USM" Lens?

    My camera will be primarily used for "nature" shots but will also be
    used for astrophotography. Wisdom (my wisdom that is!) dictates I
    should go with the 350D and all the accessories. Well, more
    importantly my Wife feels that I should go that route :) Anyone else
    offer a different opinion? Thanks!

    Mike
     
    Mike, Jun 17, 2005
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    RSD99 Guest

    "Mike" asked:

    "... My camera will be primarily used for "nature" shots but will also be
    used for astrophotography. ..."

    Then you really should take a look at the *new* 20Da. It is specifically
    designed for astrophotography. Do a web search on the string

    Canon 20Da

    and you should get something like 16,000 hits. Or go to

    http://www.pma-show.com/canon/002_eos_20da.html
    http://www.livingroom.org.au/photolog/reviews/canon/canon_eos_20da.php
    http://www.dpreview.com/news/0502/05021405canoneos20da.asp
     
    RSD99, Jun 17, 2005
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  3. Mike

    D4 Guest

    Both cameras are 8 megapixel boddies. They are just boxes that hold
    the recording medium.

    The lens is the part of the equation that has the most effect on
    quality.

    Therefore spending more on a better lens would benefit quality.
     
    D4, Jun 17, 2005
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  4. Mike

    birdman Guest

    Astrophotography with a digital camera and a 135mm lens?
    I presume you have a Canon AF mount for a telescope? Otherwise you are just
    taking pictures at night.
    Would not film be more accurate for the types of exposures required with
    that setup? In which case any inexpensive operating film slr body will do.
    The kind of nature photography you can accomplish with a 28-135mm lens under
    any circumstances is somewhat limited. The wide angle end of that lens is
    barely adequate for the 35mm film format, and not even remotely wide angle
    on the D20, and the long end is not very long either for film or for
    digital, even wth the latter's multiplication factor.
    If you want a digital slr get the kit lens as right now that is the only
    affordable way to get the 35mm film equivalent of a 28mm lens. The Canon
    dSLR kit lens is fine for most purposes.
    Why not just get the Canon XT dSLR, the kit lens and a real telephoto
    lens--a 300mm focal length lens on the dSLR will look like a 450mm lens
    through the viewfinder . . .
     
    birdman, Jun 17, 2005
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  5. Mike

    RSD99 Guest

    D4@me posted:
    "...
    They are just boxes that hold
    the recording medium.
    ...."

    Not really true. One is made entirely of plastic, the other has a metal
    "frame."

    It's sorta like comparing one of the Unibody (or car chassis based) 4x4
    SUVs with an Iron-Truck-Chassis based 4x4. One of the two is definitely
    more rugged.
     
    RSD99, Jun 17, 2005
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    Alex Guest

    I say go with the better lens and lesser body.
     
    Alex, Jun 18, 2005
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    Graham Cluer Guest

    Of course you would need the CF card with the 20D

    I have a 20D - Great camera but I still think the 350D & better lens
    would be your best bet.
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    Graham Cluer, Jun 18, 2005
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