Buying an EOS 400D - Which Lenses?

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1. Posted by travoholic (Budding Member 6 posts) 17y Star this if you like it!

Hi all,

I'm planning on buying a Canon EOS 400D but without the kit lense as I've heard it's pretty much a pile of poop. I'd rather try to get a good deal online for the body and then spend the difference on another lense or two.

I don't know the exact name of it but there's a 50mm lense that's meant to be light and decent and is about £90 that I might get. I'm new to teh world of SLRs and I read somewhere that having a fixed lense will sort of force you to learn about photography basics. Plus it's light.

So I guess I'm looking for suggestions for a second lense. At the moment my main priority is being able to take good city shots of buildings around London. I'm not sure if I should go for a wide angle or what... a bit lost about the whole thing. I'm willing to invest around £200-250. Any suggestions?

Thanks for any help!

2. Posted by Jase007 (Respected Member 8870 posts) 17y Star this if you like it!

Hi Kirsty,
I understand where you are coming from with regard to the kit lens, however for £20 it maybe worth picking up. you can use it and that will give you an idea of whether your looking for a wider lens or a longer zoom.
I'm running with a 18-55 and a 70-200 lenses on my 20D.
There are a massive variety of Canon lenses avaliable, my suggestion play with them.


3. Posted by Anzxio (Budding Member 69 posts) 17y Star this if you like it!

The kit lens really isn't that bad at all. To replace it for under £300 you'd probably be best off with the Tamron 17-50 f2.8. The nifty fifty (50mm!) is a great lens, but on a crop body like the 400d it'll quite long, and not much of a walk about lens. Within a city it would be very restrictive. What you really want is wideangle, and the Tamron would give you that, and is very highly regarded.

Personally i use a Canon 17-40 as my main 'walk about' lens on my DSLR, but this is over £400, so probably not what you're after!

Anyway, best advice is to go wide, with a little bit of zoom. This will give you lots of options for cityscapes, landscapes, and general shots. The f2.8 will allow you to shoot in lower light as well, which is always useful.

4. Posted by david.byne (Respected Member 1 posts) 16y Star this if you like it!

Hi Kirsty,

Just noticed your message. I've been using an 18-125mm Sigma lens and that has been great so far on the Canon EOS400D. I'm following advice about not changing lenses on a digital SLR unless I really need to; hence I opted for a 'one size fits all' option (at least for the time being). Digital SLR's are particularly sensitive to dust and hair etc so the fewer times you vhange lenses the smaller the risk of problems. I'm now thinking of investing in a 135-400 mm lens and between the two that should just about do it for me. Again, it will probably be a Sigma as the Canon equivalent is soooooooooooo expensive and beyod my budget.

5. Posted by Moony Moon (Budding Member 24 posts) 16y Star this if you like it!

I have just bought a 400d in preparation for my world travels in July.

I have the kit lense, its a good base lense to start with - as with the others i would suggest you start here and see how you get on with it.

Personally, i will be getting a lenses for both wide angle (8mm ish) and zoom (70-300mm ish)

Using this bag:

I am planning on trekking in Nepal, Tansania and North Thailand on my travels, so suits me to have a good choice of lenses and also a bag that can go round the waist whilst carrying a day pack.

6. Posted by alsalis (Inactive 63 posts) 16y Star this if you like it!

I've got the 350D and have the following lenses, that cover pretty much everything I need:

canon 50mm 1.8 - not so useful but it does really nice portrait shots
Sigma 10-20 - very good wide angle lens, I've never really wanted anything wider than this.
Sigma 18-200 OS - the massive range makes it the single most useful lens, and the stabilisation is really useful in low light.

It's wierd the 18-200 is easily the most practical one to buy if you can just afford one lens, but my favorite photos from any trip are nearly always from the other two lenses. You can buy the 18-200 without the stabilisation for about £200, but if you can afford it I found the stabilised one to produce much better pics.

The one downside to this is I have so much crap to lug around with me now! I have a slingshot 300 which has enough room for the camera, lenses, filters and a change of clothes. It's also handy for quickly pulling the camera out.

One thing you should definitely buy is a cicular polarising filter - dirt cheap on ebay, that'll make a world of difference to any photos with sky/vegetation in. Also consider getting a spare 3rd party battery off ebay (about £10 or less each) I've been using them and it's a lot better to have a spare than run out of juice halfway through a trek...