Originally Posted by Dragoon
I still need to know more about lens, I know that the 18mm-55mm is the focal length but to what does that translate to?
I was looking at these, what do you think?
Canon EOS 350D
with 18-55 lens - Was €675, now on sale at €349 (less than half
with EF 18-55 lens - €449
Nikon Reflex D60
with AFS DX15-55 lens - €499
with 18-55 lens IS - €499
I'm not willing to drop more than €500 for a camera lol. Which one do you think it has the best price/quality ratio?
I would say go for the 400D. I wouldn't get the 350D because it lacks a few must have features in my opinion, like a dust reduction system (dust on the sensor is the bane of DSLR), 9 point AF sensor, higher resolution (10 MP), larger LCD screen. I have the 400D myself and it is an awesome camera body.
Now if you wanted to splurge and go for the 1000D, then go for it - because it is a very successful update of the 400D, better in every aspect. However, as I said you can't go wrong with the 400D.
The kit lens with the 350D and 400D is the old Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5 - f/5.6 zoom lens. 18 - 55m is the focal range: 18 at the widest angle, 55 at full zoom. That's a zoom factor of about 3x, but DSLR lenses don't have zoom factors of 20x like you see in ultra-zoom point-and-shoots. In fact the best you usually see is an 11x factor like in the Canon and Nikon 18-200mm lenses.
The f/3.5 - f/5.6 refers to the widest aperture that the lens can achieve at it's respective focal ranges (i.e. f/3.5 at 18mm, f/5.6 at full zoom, varying gradients in between). Really expensive Canon L
lenses have features such as constant aperture throughout the range (i.e. f/4).
Professionals and enthusiasts will call that kit lens crap, but it really isn't that bad. You certainly would want to upgrade to a better lens eventually though, a zoom with IS and USM, and then a prime lens and a macro lens, all basic lenses to have in your kit.
The 1000D lens is almost the same except that it has IS (Image Stabilization), which is very nice to have.Edited by GoneTomorrow - 11/7/08 at 9:50am