Lens recommendations for an EOS 350D?

Discussion in 'Canon' started by Sianlover, Mar 20, 2008.

  1. Sianlover

    Sianlover Guest


    I recently acquired an EOS 350D body, and would very much appreciate
    advice regarding my first lenses. I do not want to spend a fortune yet,
    but at the same time do not wish to jump for anything too cheap and

    My chief uses for this camera are likely to be:

    1. General pictures, including holiday snaps.
    2. Macro photography of small animals, including arthropods
    3. Longer range images of things like birds and small animals.

    I suspect that 2 and 3 will require something more expensive than I can
    justify right now, but any suggestions regarding what might do the job
    reasonably well would be most useful.
    Sianlover, Mar 20, 2008
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  2. Sianlover

    Sianlover Guest

    In message

    For the present it will be the 50mm f1.8, which I have ordered. Once I
    am less ignorant of photographic theory, and of the workings of my
    camera, I shall look at other lenses.
    Sianlover, Mar 22, 2008
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  3. Sianlover

    Sianlover Guest

    [Sensible stuff from Ben Bradlee snipped here, purely in order to save

    Yes, I can see exactly what you mean, Ben, and I agree that what I have
    is not ideal. But between you and me - and everyone else who reads this
    post - the difference between ideal and acceptable kit is not that
    serious an issue for me at this time - I just wanted to avoid buying
    anything hopelessly inappropriate. Having taken a few test pics with
    the cheap 50mm lens it doesn't seem too shabby, and I am sure that it
    will do well enough for most of my piccies, which are bound to be more
    technically inept and artistically laughable than most.

    Like everything in life, this is going to be a learning experience, and
    probably a long one - life-long, if I am lucky, as I doubt one can ever
    learn too much. I very much hope that the day will eventually come when
    I can discuss things like camera lenses and know exactly what is meant,
    and be able to agree or disagree on the basis of experience. Until
    then, I shall frequent places like this newsgroup, and LEARN.

    Thanks for your help (and thanks to everyone else who has helped me
    here). It is much appreciated.
    Sianlover, Mar 23, 2008
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    Hal Guest

    Thanks for asking the question. I'll be lurking here for more such
    posts. I thought a 50mm on a digital was supposed to be the same as
    my old FS 50 on the AE-1, or T-90 and would have made the same
    purchase as you for my first lens. Even if the 50mm digital shoots as
    an 80mm did on the film camera it will be a useful lens. I think
    people pictures are great at 80mm. (A little different perspective
    and I think more complimentary.) I have a number of shots at family
    reunions made on the 80mm to 200 zoom, mostly close enough I could use
    the 80mm setting.


    Hal, Mar 24, 2008
  5. Sianlover


    Jul 11, 2009
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    Plus 1 for the 50mm f/1.8 II as a good starting point. A great lens to get your head around aperture, DOF etc.

    The EF-S 10-22mm is a great lens for a different perspective.
    Thomas, Jul 11, 2009
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