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Canon EOS Digital Advice (Lenses etc)

My wife has a 35mm Canon EOS 300 SLR which she absolutely adores. Whe is wanting to move into digital photography. She has a standard and Telephoto lens for the existing camera.

I know that the EOS lenses are compatible with Canon's eos digital range, but I think there are issues with the focal length when using film lenses on a digital camera ?

prices for 35mm SLRs have collapsed so I would be lucky to get £80-£100 on fleabay for her current kit, so should I keep the current kit so that we can re-use the lenses or is that more trouble than it is worth ?

Anyone out there who knows a bit about this stuff able to give advice ?

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Need to know what Lenses she has in order to advise really.

Shouldn't be any problems regarding focal length, the only difference is the 'sensor size' unless she goes for a 5D she will end up with a 1.6x sensor. All this means is that the focal length will actually be increased to 1.6x the original length. Wont really make a great deal of difference but may feel a bit weird going from film (which I believe is full frame sensor so thats 1.0x so what you see is what you get) going from a EOS300 I don't think she would have any issues going to a 500D or even a 450D.

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was actually looking at a Rebel (350D) - canon refurb on ebay for £200 body only ?

Dont need huge megapixel size and the 350 retains the lcd for settings as well as the full colour lcd ....

Lenses are the stock 28-80mm lens and a 75-300 USM - both genuine Canon parts

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esq3585;6046953

http://www.kenrockwell.com/canon/1-6x.htm



read through that - I think I got the jist of it - i.e. digital camera will capture 1.6 times less of the available "view" than a 35mm camera with the same (35mm) lens.

So...

If I put my old lenses on a digital camera what do I see through the viewfinder ?

a) The full 35mm frame, but on taking a picture on the centre of the frame is actually captured ?
or
b) Everything I see through the viewfinder will be captured (I think / hope it is this one!)

Everything you see through the viewfinder will be captured (well...it will be what you see plus a little because viewfinders do not show 100% of what the sensor captures)
your lenses will become the equivalent focal length of having a 1.6x extension tube permanently attached so yours will become 45-128mm and 120-480mm lenses

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fazza;6049591

Everything you see through the viewfinder will be captured (well...it … Everything you see through the viewfinder will be captured (well...it will be what you see plus a little because viewfinders do not show 100% of what the sensor captures)your lenses will become the equivalent focal length of having a 1.6x extension tube permanently attached so yours will become 45-128mm and 120-480mm lenses



Many thanks, so I will not get as wide a view on the small lens with minimum zoom, but will actually gain some zoom on the telephoto lens (apologies for the terminology but I really don't know this stuff too well...

phanco;6049644

Many thanks, so I will not get as wide a view on the small lens with … Many thanks, so I will not get as wide a view on the small lens with minimum zoom, but will actually gain some zoom on the telephoto lens (apologies for the terminology but I really don't know this stuff too well...



Correct.

The 350D is a great Camera, still use it as a backup now.

Those lenses will be fine, the biggest advantage/disadvanatge of going from digital to film is the variable ISO, your not stuck with whatever you have loaded in the camera. This may help with those lenses as if I recall they have fairly high apertures F4/f5.6 or there abouts so by boosting the ISO you can get more versatility with your lighting (just watch the noise around ISO800 on the 350D) you can get away with it in b&w but quite noticeable with colour shots.

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thanks guys - some serious food for thought ...

Looks like keeping the camera as a spare, buying a body only 350D or similar and re-using the lenses seems the most practical approach.

Any downsides I should consider ?

Can you not go into a shop with your lenses and just try it?

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dcx_badass;6051588

Can you not go into a shop with your lenses and just try it?



probably but am glad to get unbiased opinion from here rather than sales monkey talk... :-D

But if you do it yourself then it's not biased.

Personally I find the xx0D range small in my hands and know a friend who has the battery grip on his 400D constantly so he can hold it properly as it gives him a little bit more room for his fingers. When i have used friends xx0Ds i have hit buttons accidentally too as the buttons seem crammed in to a smaller body. They are lighter though. Most of my experience has been with my second hand 20D and 30D so that is what i am used to and the controls are different one the xx0D range. I would say give both the xx0D range and x0D range comparison in your hands and play with the controls as it is personal preference. Quick look on ebay and the 20D and 350D cost around the same from what i can see. Here is a feature comparison between the 2 - bobatkins.com/pho…tml
The upgraded 30D screen size is well worth the extra money in my eyes

fazza;6053955

Personally I find the xx0D range small in my hands and know a friend who … Personally I find the xx0D range small in my hands and know a friend who has the battery grip on his 400D constantly so he can hold it properly as it gives him a little bit more room for his fingers. When i have used friends xx0Ds i have hit buttons accidentally too as the buttons seem crammed in to a smaller body. They are lighter though. Most of my experience has been with my second hand 20D and 30D so that is what i am used to and the controls are different one the xx0D range. I would say give both the xx0D range and x0D range comparison in your hands and play with the controls as it is personal preference. Quick look on ebay and the 20D and 350D cost around the same from what i can see. Here is a feature comparison between the 2 - http://www.bobatkins.com/photography/digital/eos_digital_rebel_xt_vs_20d.htmlThe upgraded 30D screen size is well worth the extra money in my eyes



Thats all fine, but going from film to digital SLR is a huge leap anyway and the OP has a budget, so a 350D you are more likely to find in better condition and at better money than the 20D/30D.

Personally I would try my best to get a good condition 350D at a bargain and spend any spare cash on glass or acessories.

Celticsun;6056004

Thats all fine, but going from film to digital SLR is a huge leap anyway … Thats all fine, but going from film to digital SLR is a huge leap anyway and the OP has a budget, so a 350D you are more likely to find in better condition and at better money than the 20D/30D.Personally I would try my best to get a good condition 350D at a bargain and spend any spare cash on glass or acessories.



As i said before...i looked on ebay and there are what look like flawless 20Ds which have sold for between £180-210 which is within his budget of £200 he has for the 350D. Otherwise i wouldn't have suggested it as an alternative. Last Christmas I bought my 30D for £230 and it is in perfect condition so i know from personal experience too that you can now pick these up for a good price in almost new condition

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thansk guys - didnt really have the 20d and 30d on my radar but I'll have a poke about now ...

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