Just seeing what people think of the Canon EOS 400d I was looking at purchasing body only, mounted with Sigma 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 lens for travel. Is there anything else in the same price range (approx $1500) that might be of a better quality? What do you think of this set up? I’m a novice photographer and moving from SLR to DSLR need something that takes a good picture and don't have to carry a lot of extra lenses while travelling. I was hoping this set-up might be what I was looking for and hopefully a lot lighter than my Minolta srT101b.
Hope to hear for you soon.
The 400D is a capable entry level Digital SLR.
Sizewise it's small, yet packs a punch above it's price level.
Being an entry level DSLR, it uses Canon's smaller COSMOS sensor and in doing so the magnification is approx 1.4x. so what ever lenses you buy will be magnified.
Have a look at this review EOS400D it's pretty comprehensive.
The 400D is an upgrade of the 350D to compete with the Nikon 40D and the Sony Alpha DSLR-A100 and it's a bloody good entry level camera (so are the others).
The standard lens that comes with the camera (EFs 18-55) is a very cheap lens and this shows. It is fine for snappy shots but it's the old story you pay for quality. So it's no great loss not going for the kit lens.
The Sigma lens you have quoted 18-200mm is an great lens considering the price and zoom range, it is light and compact. You may however, find it tends to front focus (focusing nearer than the intended target) from time to time. But this can be avoided by focusing on something far away first, then aim at your target and shoot.
Hope this helps,
Personally I think you have made a informed selection for your first entry into the DSLR world.
I bought an EOS 400D back in October and can honestly say that it is an absolutely fantastic camera. The kit lens is also pretty good and is a bit of a no brainer really when the body only costs about £20 less than the body and the lens together.
It was a toss-up for me between the 400D and the Nikon D50 - felt both and the Nikon is really really bulky and solid but the EOS felt better in my hands. I also prefer Canons to Nikons as I find them easier and more logical to work.
The camera takes fantastic pictures and I've also now got a Sigma 70-300mm lens which is also a very very good lens for the price (£150).
If you buy a 400D, you won't be disappointed.
Crop factor on the 400D (same as 350D before it, also 20D/30D) is 1.6x, which means for instance that an 18-200 lens is effectively a 28-320.
hi jacaranda, i just bought the 400d a few days ago and i'm more than happy with it. i'm a complete amateur and am still finding my way around it but it has the potential to create some awesome images. it is easy to use and i like the way it feels to hold. i had a look at a couple of the nikons which all looked excellent but were out of my price range. i just couldn't justify spending the cost difference to myself. i bought the 75mm (?) - 300mm canon lens in addition to standard one and a couple of filters. i think that's the right size i quoted. the photoshop suite is also excellent to use. as soon as feb starts and my 25mb allowance is re-set you'll be able to have a look for yourself. best regards, pete
I have a 400D (XTI)and I love it, Iuse it as my backup for my 30D and I use it as my travel camera since it's smaller and lighter than my 30D but takes photos that are almost on par with my 30D, only ngative thing I have to say about the 400D kit is that the 18-55 lens it coems with is a peice of crap. ut the 400D body is great as far as image quality and feature set are concrned. 2 things to keep in mind though; 1. the grip ont he 400d is small, which for most isn't a problem but if you A.have large hands, or B plan on mounting large/heavy telephoto lenses on it then the grip can be awkward and uncomfortable. otherwise it's superb and a great alternative to the larger heavier 30D
the combination of the 400D and the sigma 18-200mm is good. I travelled with my 350D & Sigma 18-200mm in the last 5 months and never regretted it. you do not need to carry any other lens around with the 18-200mm unless you are really into landscapes and might want to get a wide angle lens.
I also carried my 50mm lens with me as a backup should the 18-200mm fail on me during my trip. It is small and light and very useful in low light.