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canon 400D + 50mm 1.8 lens for travelling

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1. Posted by Nikki3905 (Budding Member 25 posts) 9y

I am planning on buying the 400D and was thinking of buying the 50mm to go with it as it seems to be a good sharp cheap lens.

I am travelling to Thailand and am wondering if this combination will be good and meet all my needs?

2. Posted by Makini (Respected Member 80 posts) 9y

The 400D and the 50/1,8 is a good kit - but not the most flexible. You'll be able to get great portraits, as well as one or few good street-shots - but there won't be long until you wish you had a wideangle lens too. The 50mm on a DSLR nearly stretches as far as a tele lens, and getting a situation shot with much in it will be hard in most cases. Won't be great for landscapes either. Maybe you should consider a zoom, such as the 18-55mm?

BUT - the 50/1,8 is a great lens. I would take it rather than the zoom, for it's qualities. But then again, a fixed lens is not very flexible, especially if you want to cover "all you needs".

[ Edit: Edited on Jun 3, 2007, at 12:05 PM by makini ]

3. Posted by Nikki3905 (Budding Member 25 posts) 9y

I was planning on getting the kit lens with it as well, and taking that with me. Just a bit worried about the quality of it

4. Posted by Jase007 (Travel Guru 8870 posts) 9y

The kit lens it cheap as chips, and it shows. it's adequate for snap shots but not really up to the job if your wanting to take serious photo's.

5. Posted by Anzxio (Budding Member 69 posts) 9y

To be fair, the kit lens really isn't that bad. To replace it with anything worth getting you need to spend £250+ :)

The 50mm is a great lens, but not something i'd take on my travels unless i wanted to shoot portraits, and how often do you really do that on holiday? Your best bet is a good wide angle short zoom. Maybe the Tamron 18-70 f2.8 (i think that's it), it's under £250 and highly regarded. Get the 17-40L if you want something decent that'll last ages and take lots of abuse!

I shoot with the 17-40L on my travels, and it's mostly at 17mm, 50mm would be a complete pain on a digital crop body 90% of the time.

6. Posted by worldwideG (Respected Member 117 posts) 9y

i'd go with the 17-40mmL and take a 100mm prime for some street shots and portraits. i'm gonna buy the 17-40 when i've saved the cash over the next month. i have the kit lense and it's fine in good light conditions but soooooo much noise in low light conditions. forget about the kit lense and go with the 17-40. have a look at

for impartial equipment advice. enjoy, pete

7. Posted by kombizz (Full Member 1416 posts) 9y

If I were you I would buy a non DSLR camera for my trip. The reason is the problem of dusts on the CCD if you would like to change the lenses to the body of camera.

I would buy the one of the following digital camera for the travelling based on my budget:

- Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ8, 7.1 million effective pixels, 36 mm - 432 mm (12x) zoom lens

- Sony DSC-H7, 8.0 million effective pixels, 31 mm - 465 mm (15x) zoom lens

- Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z6, 6.0 million effective pixels, 35 mm - 420 mm (12x) zoom lens

- Samsung L77, 7.1 million effective pixels, 38 mm - 266 mm (7x) zoom lens

- Canon PowerShot G7, 10.0 million effective pixels, 35 mm - 210 mm (6x) zoom lens

- Nikon Coolpix P5000, 10.0 million effective pixels, 36 mm - 126 mm (3.5x) zoom lens

Good Luck

8. Posted by t_penguin (Budding Member 21 posts) 9y

The Canon S80 is not a bad compact if you cant take an SLR. A lot more powerful than the usual compacts.

9. Posted by RyanDuggar (Budding Member 7 posts) 9y

Another great option is the Tamron 17-55 2.8. It's right under $500 and is very sharp with great color. Always nice having 2.8 when needed too!