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Canon EOS 400D suitable?
Hello,.

Like all others before me I have to apologise before hand because I run the risk of repeating previous mails..

I'm currently interested in buying a Canon EOS 400D because there is a good offer on this camera right now..

My only worry is that for what I want to use the camera for.. I might be over spending or not using the camera to it's true purpose!.

I'm into taking photos of bands for example as well as holiday snaps and generally experiementing with shutter speeds and colour..

Would the 400D be a suitable purchase and should there be other things I should consider?.

My main interest would be to have a camera that is good to use indoors during gigs where the lighting is varied from second to second!.

Any tips greatly recieved!..

Comments (5)

Mark Waring wrote:.

My main interest would be to have a camera that is good to useindoors during gigs where the lighting is varied from second tosecond!.

That's about the hardest shooting you can do. Not only do you need a camera that's capable you need a lens that is capable of both reach and shooting in low light... and they tend to be expensive...

Comment #1

Hi Mark,.

The 400D is a great camera and I would certainly recommend it. I've gone from a film based SLR to a digital compact and recently onto the 400D. My criteria for my new camera was mainly portraits / holiday snaps. With a new baby in the family, lot's of my pictures are indoors using natural light and in general no flash. To achieve this, I purchased the 50mm / F1.8 prime lens. I've only started shooting with manual settings since the purchase of the 400D and the results can be wonderful once you master the basics.

You will have to invest in a decent lens mind - the 50mm / F1.8 is a good start if you are okay with the fact it has no zoom capability..

Good Luck!.

Regards,.

Sanjeev..

Comment #2

Mark Waring wrote:.

Like all others before me I have to apologise before hand because Irun the risk of repeating previous mails..

No problem! this is the beginner's forum anyways lol. Relevant because it's in the right section..

I'm currently interested in buying a Canon EOS 400D because there isa good offer on this camera right now..

Don't forget to check eBates to see if you can save some more money from where you're buying with click-through links and RetailMeNot for coupon codes!.

Would the 400D be a suitable purchase and should there be otherthings I should consider?.

You might want to consider an external flash with a diffuser/bouncer (I recommend the Demb DFD Pro, and it's way better than the Lightsphere). The light you will be able to get with bounced flash will blow you away. It's not that creative, but usually pretty seamless - no shadows, no hot spots, much less harsh looking. Sometimes you can't tell that flash was ever even used! If you use "fill" a lot, you might actually be able to get away with the built in one, but not for when the flash is the main light source..

Also, I don't know what camera you use now (or if you have one), but it probably uses SD/SDHC memory. You'll need to get a CF card for the XTi. I recommend the Adata or Ridata brands because of the great value they are. You can always find them on Newegg, where I get mine. I have a 4gb card. It should hold maybe over a thousand JPEGs, and about 400 RAW..

My main interest would be to have a camera that is good to useindoors during gigs where the lighting is varied from second tosecond!.

This will be challenging, but not impossible. You will not be able to get away with skimping though to acheive this. You will need a good lens and two options are available: zoom lenses, which let you change focal length but don't work in low light that well, or primes, which never zoom but work better in lower light. Unfortunately they are both going to be expensive, but the lens really does most of the work. The camera is just there to provide you with features and acts as the bridge between the lens and you. Second of all, you will have to learn about the creative modes and basic exposure (shutter/aperture/ISO/metering) for this.

It's really not that hard, and I taught myself many of the basics for free using internet materials in only a month or two! You should have it in no time. Canon has a really good site here: http://web.canon.jp/Imaging/enjoydslr.

EXPERIMENTATION IS ALWAYS THE KEY. Lots of times people ask "What are the best settings" and there never is a "best", as each situation usually has many ways of being captured and the settings are only preferences..

Good luck!..

Comment #3

I currently own and use a Canon PowerShot A80 and should maybe stick with it instead of buying a new camera!.

From experience with my A80 I've been satisfied with the photos I managed to get at gigs to date but I feel there's def. room for improvement!.

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I don't ever use (because I don't know how too!) photoshop to make my pics better so I'm hoping that having a new / better camera I can improve the quality of pics further!..

Comment #4

You are asking a lot of the camera, but the truth is that it will be more important that you learn to make it do what you want, than will be the model number of the camera itself. That said, the 40D would do those things easier (I didn't say with better results), and the 1D MarkIII would make it easier still, but you would still have to know how to make them do it all too..

Bottom line: I think the 400D with the right lens for each job can do it. YOU will be the determining factor as to whether or not it works well..

Nothing is enough for the man to whom nothing is enough...

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