I'm planing on buying a second hand Canon EOS 40D, but still not shore if it is the right camera for me!
I' am a very experienced photog and love taking all sorts of pictures.
I take pictures of wildlife, landscape and macro, but do a lot of journalism too.
So one day I came across this beautiful Canon EOS 40D with a battery grip.
I did a lot of research and really like the look and feel of the camera, but here is the problem!
It's body only (+ battery grip ), so I need to find an affordable lens for it and I have a low budget.
Does anybody know of a good, low budget lens (of any brand) that will allow me to take all sorts of different pictures?
Basically I want to get a cheap lens first, get used to the camera and then invest into a few other lenses!
Is a 50mm any good, or a basic kit lens, or maybe even a wide angle?
Maybe a zoom lens?
If possible a lens that allows me to take a bit of everything!
Thank you very much!
- Edwin Foudil
You will be better off buying the best lens and the cheapest body. But, with 40D's available for $250, its already a low priced body.
The 50mm f/1.8 is a good start, but certainly not a all around lens.
There are a ton of low cost EF lenses, all EF lenses will fit on the camera.
Since you are looking for the best low cost lenses for your dollar, get the 18-55mm IS EF-s plus the 55-250mm EF-s. A used 18-55 can be found for well under $100, and I see a used 55-250mm on my local craigslist for $110. Normally though $150 is the lowest.
These lenses are sharp and can capture excellent quality images if you learn to use them properly. The reason they are low cost is the inexpensive construction (treat them like eggs), and the fact that they are not low light lenses.
Save money to buy Adobe Lightroom 5 when it arrives. Shoot using RAW and process the images in Lightroom. Its a bit of a hassle to learn, but you can really make your images shine when carefully processed. I am able to get good images at ISO 3200 with my old 40D when show in RAW and processed in Lightroom 4. You will not be able to do this with the jpeg mode, image processing has improved a lot since the 40D came out, and by using RAW, you can take advantage of that.
Lightroom 5 is on the way, right now, you can use the beta along with free online training. Then when version 5 is released, buy it. Thats better than buying version 4 at this point.