I planned to buy better lens since after took some shots with Canon EOS 400D Digital kit lens – EF-S 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 II. Plan to get a portrait lens. Thinking of getting Canon EF 50mm f1.4 or EF-S Canon 17-55mm f2.8 USM IS. Plan to get Canon Speedlite 430EX Flash too. After wondering around at Pragin Mall, Penang looking for these parts price. I was shocked. Why? They are expensive!!!
Canon SpeedLite 430EX flash cost me around RM1080 (US market RM864 only), Canon EF 50mm f1.4 == RM1350 (US market RM1116) and EF-S Canon 17-55mm f2.8 USM IS is the most expensive in my list – RM3900 (US market RM3600). There are way too expensive. I need more than my 2 months salary to buy them.
Still looking for better deal currently… Until then, I still need to stick to poor EF-S 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 II lens.
Wow… SLR camera is fun. It took me quite some time to familiar with all its functions. The camera is great but the lens suck.
I like the SLR speed. With its 3fps capturing speed, I can capture anything I want without miss a shot then. However, this only apply on sunny day on outdoor due to the poor EF-S 18-55mm lens. Photo will be blurred if taken indoor. Can’t wait to go for better lens. Anyway, photo is considered good if taken outdoor. I have 1 example at Jayce Ooi’s Photo Gallery for the moment. Cannot take much shot with 32MB CF card. (I cannot find CF card in most the computer shop in Penang nowadays. They sell SD card mostly.) Still waiting for 2GB 120X CF card. Then, I will take more photo and upload those beautiful one.
SLR camera high ISO does not produce much noise than normal digital camera. This is one of the advantage of SLR camera. Noise only visible on 800 (very little) and 1600 on Canon EOS 400D. Higher ISO is useful in low light condition. It will help to capture more light due to high sensitive ISO. However, better use a better lens with IS (Image Stabilizer) and low ISO to have no noise photo. Lens is the most important part in SLR camera. Therefore, better get yourself a better lens.
I don’t like is using the small viewfinder when take shot. I have been familiar with taking shot with large LCD screen. Sudden change to a small viewfinder is hard. After few days of practice, I get used to it already. Besides that, weight it another thing that you face when start using SLR camera. It is a lot heavier than normal digital camera. My SLR still weight less than 1kg due to the light weight lens. However, it will surely more than 1kg if using better lens. Looking forward for that. =)
Posted by Jayce Ooi as Photography
Ha… Ha… Ha… I am disappointed with Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 II. It produces a low quality image, poor contrast and colour. Not sharp at all. Can’t use it at all in indoor without flash. Even with internal flash also produce poor image.
This is my first SLR camera. I did not expect the image that I took look even worst than my Canon PowerShot A700. Never go for the kit lens if you have extra money. It has poor resolution. However, you cannot ask for more with RM350 price tag. Anyway, it is a very cheap lens.
Planned to get Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM as my first portrait lens. Then, will get an external flash. =)