Canon EOS350D?

  rickf 20:03 18 May 2009

Have you experience of this digital SLR? I know it's only remotely computer related but would be grateful for any experience with it. Asking as I'm thinking of getting into photography.

  Forum Editor 23:12 18 May 2009

and it was a great little camera. It had rave reviews when it first appeared on the market, and although that was a few years ago now you'll still have a camera that is an excellent performer.

  SimpleSimon1 14:46 19 May 2009

Yep, I've got one of these and FE is perfectly correct, it's a great little semi-pro camera.

I'm a semi-serious amateur who specialises in world travel and landscapes and have had my 350D almost since they came out. I keep thinking that I really should upgrade it to one of the more serious Canon models but then I think "Why"?

The mixture of modes from Full Auto to Full Creative makes it a perfect vehicle for someone who wants to move from 'point & click' to getting the most from a view, it's relatively light, fairly tough (mine has banged around everywhere from the Amazon and the Inca Trail to Darwin and the Northernm Territories) and is quite forgiving. The Autofoccus is pretty good (a lot of people set it to only use the centre mark so they can control composition and depth of field rather than the SLR trying to decide which mark you want to foccus on), the motor drive is relatively quiet and, with a fast card, has a reasonable (for an amateur) burst mode

Downsides....hhmm, the LCD panel is quite small by modern standards and is a bit of a bugger to read in bright light (you can always tell a 350D user cos, on a bright day, they're the one with a coat over their head trying to look at the screen). However, you don't need it to take the photo only to look at playback. Also, the body is quite compact so, if you've got big hands, it **might** feel a bit fiddly. However, if this is the case, get the MotorDrive/Grip and not only do you get lots of extra battery power but holding it becomes an absolute pleasure.

If you've got a 350D with the standard kit lens, that wasn't brilliant but, as starter lens, it'll do. Be warned, you'll get to a point where you want a better lens and then the sky's your limit. I use Canon L lenses which aint cheap but boy do they give good results.

In summary, if you can get your hands on a decent 350D, it will stand you in good stead and take you as far as you want to go in the glorious world of photography.


  rickf 15:37 19 May 2009

hi simplesimon1. Thanks that was greta help and very useful to know. I am lucky enough to have now bought one with the motordrive grip, extra batteries with ef 35-80 lens which I believe is a macro capable lens, not the standard lens kit, just what I want for reasonable close-ups.
Thanks again for the input. Can't wait to get my hands on it tomorrow. thanks again.

  SimpleSimon1 22:22 20 May 2009

Almost forgot

Even if you got it as part of the deal, don't bother with the Canon software. At best, it's seriously flaky and, at worst, it has been known to totally destabilise systems!

All you need is a card reader and something like IrfanView for general image editing and you're well away.

  rickf 10:08 21 May 2009

simplesimon1 Yeah, I know the bundled software is uselss. I have both photoshop and photoshop elements, the latter being easier to use and for now my prefernce over the 2. As said I have the 35mm-80mm 1.4-5.6 lens. Is there another better close-up lens you can recommend for this cam.

  rickf 10:09 21 May 2009

BTW, the motordrive grip is fantastic to have.

  SimpleSimon1 17:49 22 May 2009

Hi rickf. In your first post you said "..asking as I'm thinking of getting into photography."

Sorry if I've got the wrong end of the stick but it sounds as if you're reasonably new to the world of digital SLR with all those exciting things like f-stops, apperture-priority, shutter-priority, depth-of-field etc etc

If this does happen to be the case, I would honestly suggest that the best way to start is [for the moment] not to worry about the lens! Instead, concentrate on learning to use the camera and, more importantly, understanding the various modes (especially the creative ones) and how to use them to their best advantage. In turn, this will lead to understanding of the basic SLR principles such as the relationship between apperture and depth-of-field etc.

Once you've got this under your belt, you can start looking for lenses that match up with your photographic leanings. For example, if you're interested in short-range portraiture, you **might** want to go for a short'ish prime lens (which will generally give you better results at a given length than you'll get from a zoom). However, if you're going to do close-up (insects, flowers etc) work, you'll need something (almost certainly a zoom) with a macro mode. Alternatively, a zoom in the range 28'ish-75'ish, is a good 'walkabout' work horse (but not really long enough for landscape work).

When you do start looking for a lens, there are tons of good review and community sites. click here or click here are good starting points. Don't forget to look at third-party suppliers, as well. In many cases, their lenses are very competitive when compared with Canon.


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