of a camera is more the user interface to the equipment, rather than the
quality of the picture taken. The lens is what really makes the difference.
This is the main difference between bodies with fixed lenses and bodies
where you can attach other lenses.
for lenses are hard to make; they depend on budget and intent. I would
recommend the following:
|Portraits - low budget
||50mm, f/1.8, 85mm f/1.8
|Portraits - high budget
- 50mm f/1.4
- 85mm f/1.2
- 100mm f/2 (probably zooms a lot with any body having a crop
factor around 1.6, like the Canon EOS 350D).
- 70-200mm L IS USM f/2.8 - an expensive (around $1800) lens but
this professional lens has excellent sharpness. It weighs a lot
|Landscapes - low budget
|Landscapes - high budget
50mm f/1.8 mk II (click to see Canon website details)
A great low-cost lens with wide aperture.
You may also consider the f/1.4 version, which is more robust, can
do full-time manual focus and delivers better color. Check
this page for an excellent in-depth comparison between the 50mm/f1.8
and 50mm/f/1.4 lenses (the first costing around $99, the latter
The old (mark I) version of this lens was made from metal; the
mk II is made out of plastic and therefore more sensitive (especially
sideway bumping can make it break more easily).
Pros of f/1.8 vs f/1.4:
Pros of f/1.4 vs f/1.8:
- More robust
- Full-time manual focus (FTM)
- About 2/3 of an f-stop more light (faster shutter times in dark
- Better color saturation
There is also an f/2.5 macro version of this 50mm lens; you're
better off with that one if you're doing macro work (giving sharper
images close-up). For more information and comparisons check
85mm f/1.8 (click to see Canon website details)
||A terrific portrait lens for the EOS 350D/400D (any
body really). Very nice bokeh.
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