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EOS 350D - Which Lens?


sjb73 14 7
7 Mar 2006 3:38AM
I am planning on buying the Canon EOS 350D and was wondering which lens to buy, generally for bird/wildlife photography. At the moment I am torn between the Sigma 80-400mm OS lens and the Canon 100-400mm IS lens.

My budget would be around 1500 for both camera and lens, having looked at pricing I could afford either lens with the EOS 350D but I would like to know which lens would be best. Most important to me would be sharp imaging and quick auto focusing.

Stu
suleesia 16 176 Malaysia
7 Mar 2006 4:46AM
Canon 100-400, if it's good enough for klewis , it's definitely good enough for most of us Smile
7 Mar 2006 4:46AM
Stu,
If you are planning on using a lens like that for bird/wildlife I would advise looking at a 10D or 20D rather than a 350D (Still obtainable on your budget).

I have to say that you may find the 350D a little unbalanced with a whacking great 100-400 on the front.

Matt
jabey 15 50
7 Mar 2006 5:25AM
I've used a 100-400 on a 350D. It is a little unbalanced but is still perfectly usable, and will be fine if you're using a tripod.

Mind you it does look a bit silly, but who cares about that eh?
sjb73 14 7
7 Mar 2006 7:21AM
So what results can you get out of the 100-400 on the 350D, jabey?

On the 20d, Ive looked at this camera as everyone recommends it but its 300 more expensive, I dont mind looking silly with the 350D but 300 more out of pocket?....

Smile
7 Mar 2006 7:37AM
What about a 2nd hand 10D instead then (even better with a grip)? I really would advise using the 100-400 with a 350D before purchasing as the 350 is very small!
User_Removed 16 1.4k United Kingdom
7 Mar 2006 7:49AM
i've not really had a good feel of the 350D but what about putting a battery grip on it? would that help?
7 Mar 2006 7:59AM
hi stu I for one bought the 350d because i liked the feel of it (very small hands) and i got the battery grip (for me essential when doing portrait stuff) this when combined with a larger lens gives a much more balanced feel to the body and lens hope this helps stuart
cambirder 17 7.2k England
7 Mar 2006 8:01AM
I think this ballance issue is over hyped, I have never found it a problem with the 300D. I know the 350 is a bit smaller than the 300 but exactly the same thing was said about that camera.


Quote:Most important to me would be sharp imaging and quick auto focusing


In that case consider the 400mm f5.6 L. AF is lightning fast, and you can't buy anything sharper. I know it does not have the flexibility of a zoom but for the subjects you want you will be working at 400mm all the time (and for birds you will be hankering for more lenght not less)

Get a macro for the creapy crawly side of wildlife with the money you save.
strawman 17 22.2k 16 United Kingdom
7 Mar 2006 8:12AM
The 100-400 balances well on a 300D, I tried one, just need to do that bank job for new lens budget.
jabey 15 50
7 Mar 2006 8:46AM

Quote:So what results can you get out of the 100-400 on the 350D, jabey?


Well I haven't posted anything on here taken with that combo, but (without trying to fish for clicks) about half of the shots in my (limited) EPZ portfolio were taken with that lens on a film camera. The 350D should be comparable, or even slightly cleaner due to not having the vagaries of a scanner to contend with. And you do get a boost from the 1.6 crop factor too.

The other point to consider is autofocus speed. If you're planning on shooting moving birds for example the improved AF on the 20D would probably be beneficial. It can be done on a 350D but it can be a bit hit and miss. Of course a 1D2 would be even better but probably best not to go there....
sjb73 14 7
7 Mar 2006 2:28PM
What do you think of the Canon 20D + EF 300mm f4 IS USM prime lens + 1.4 t/c combo?

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