This is a discussion on Cropped body? within the Do's and Dont's forums, part of the Photography Tips category; Sorry i have no idea where to properly post this but heres my question(s)
I own a Canon EOS Rebel XSi 450D i was wondering ...
Sorry i have no idea where to properly post this but heres my question(s)
I own a Canon EOS Rebel XSi 450D i was wondering if anyone could tell me if thats cropped body? and what lens would you recommend the Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM or Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM? i cant decide. i want to dabble in kinds/styles of photography to find my nitch like landscape and wild life but starting with portraits i'll be doing a session with a newborn in a few months, is there a lens thats really versatile? or what few lens do you Rec. i should have in my collection?
Thanks in Advanced for your help!
05-18-2011 09:12 PM
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Originally Posted by EskimoRose
The 450d is a crop frame camera. The 2 lenses you mention are both nice glass. As far as allrounders go.......maybe not what you want. I mostly shoot wildlife nature and people. I really like the 17-50 tamron or 17-40 canon for the wide end........I do like to shoot wider and own the glass to do so but it's a learning curve. I also like the 24-70 2.8 it's been around for awhile and is a little soft wide open but the price is right. With the 70-200 for pulling in details.
These are just what I enjoy.......The 50mm for prime would likely be a more comfortable working distance for portraits.
I would really recommend beg,borrow,steal or rent copies of the lenses you are interested in. Sucks dumping 500-1000 bucks for glass.....you may or may not like.
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HAHA! Thanks! yea i just found out you can RENT Lens! i order the 85mm f/1.8 first so i cant wait to get my hands on it! Thanks for all the great Lens suggestions i'll defiantly be looking in them!
Originally Posted by rockhead
To simplify... the only Canon DSLR cameras that are NOT cropped body are the 5D and 1Ds. Everything else is cropped. There's a 1D (without the 's') that is an APS-H sensor (30% crop factor) and the rest are all APS-C (by far the most common) which is a 60% crop factor.
They're both great lenses. The 50mm will probably seem a bit more versatile. To give you an idea... the human eye can comfortably view about 42º... maybe 50º*tops without feeling the need to "look around" to take in more of the view. The lens that comes closest on a full-frame digital camera or 35mm film camera is the 50mm lens (angle of view is just barely shy of 40º). On an APS-C crop-frame camera that lens would be a 31mm (which nobody makes... but you can get close. Lots of people make 28mm and 35mm lenses)
The reason I mention this is because that same 50mm lens on a crop-frame camera will seem mildly telephoto (it'll behave like an 80mm lens on a full-frame camera). Whereas the 85mm will seem like a stronger telephoto (it'll seem like 136mm). A 50mm is a great portrait lens on an APS-C crop-frame camera. The 85mm is also great BUT... if you're taking portraits indoors you might feel like you have to go stand in the next room to take a photo of someone (you may feel the need to walk back a bit to get everything you want in the picture.)
If you were to use either a 28mm or a 35mm lens, it would seem like a "normal" non-zoom lens (neither wide-angle nor telephoto) on your APS-C crop-frame camera body.
Though you mentioned you are looking at the 50 & 85mm lenses... you didn't mention which lens(es) you already own. Most people with an XSi would have purchased the camera with the 'kit' lens... which is almost always the EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS lens.