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I have often read replies on forums which advices people to buy more expensive lenses (not kit lense) because the lens would be the weak link in the quality of the photo taken..

Given the expense of a good camera and lenseHow far would you go the other way? e.g canon 400D and EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM lens compared to canon 40D and EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM lens...

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That advice comes from film days. In those good old days (2003 and earlier for many of us) it made sense to buy the best glass you could afford and be content with a less than top of the range camera body. The sensor was the film and you could get good results with top film brands and a lower level body. Nowadays the body includes the sensor - so, if you want to use a better sensor you have to buy a better body..

Having said that, bodies such as the 400D when combined with a top flight lens such as the 70-200mm f4 IS will - under many circumstances - give you better results than the 40D plus 70-300mm IS. The sensors are almost identical so the better lens will give you better results. But you can't shoot at 6 frames per second, use ISO3200 for low light conditions, enjoy better autofocus and spot metering with the 400D. Choose the body according to the demands of your photography...

Comment #1

Fo0tsteps wrote:.

I have often read replies on forums which advices people to buy moreexpensive lenses (not kit lense) because the lens would be the weaklink in the quality of the photo taken..

Given the expense of a good camera and lenseHow far would you gothe other way? e.g canon 400D and EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM lenscompared to canon 40D and EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM lens..

I'm not sure your choice above was a good comparison in that the Canon 70-300 IS USM lens is darn good. Some think it rivals L glass..

For example, here's the verdict from Photozone: "The performance of the Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 USM IS came as a total surprise. Unlike it's predecessor the lens is capable to produce a very high performance throughout the zoom range without the significant drop in quality at 300mm typical for most consumer grade lenses in this range. It seems as if the new UD element helps to lift the optical quality significantly. Distortions, CAs as well as vignetting are also very respectable. So in terms of optical quality the EF 70-300mm IS can be almost described as a hidden Canon L lens. ".

Http://www.photozone.de/...-70-300mm-f4-56-usm-is-test-reportreview?start=2..

Comment #2

I had a 70-300 IS USM and sold it because it was annoyingly soft. I haven't used an L lens but can't imagine they would be half as soft as my 70-300 was..

Guidenet wrote:.

Fo0tsteps wrote:.

I have often read replies on forums which advices people to buy moreexpensive lenses (not kit lense) because the lens would be the weaklink in the quality of the photo taken..

Given the expense of a good camera and lenseHow far would you gothe other way? e.g canon 400D and EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM lenscompared to canon 40D and EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM lens..

I'm not sure your choice above was a good comparison in that theCanon 70-300 IS USM lens is darn good. Some think it rivals L glass..

For example, here's the verdict from Photozone: "The performance ofthe Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 USM IS came as a total surprise. Unlikeits predecessor the lens is capable to produce a very highperformance throughout the zoom range without the significant drop inquality at 300mm typical for most consumer grade lenses in thisrange. It seems as if the new UD element helps to lift the opticalquality significantly. Distortions, CAs as well as vignetting arealso very respectable. So in terms of optical quality the EF 70-300mmIS can be almost described as a hidden Canon L lens. ".

Http://www.photozone.de/...-70-300mm-f4-56-usm-is-test-reportreview?start=2..

Comment #3

I have a 350 and 400d with kit lens an various cheap options..

I also have a 100 2.8 macro and 70-20 2.8 IS L glass.

Whilst all my stuff is amateurish and just fun..

I was over the moon with the l glass results at my daughters open air wedding reception..

The one thing I truly miss from my collection is something from the 17-70/ or up to 100 range that is the equivalent of the l glass...

Comment #4

If you're a beginner and don't yet know what you want or why you need an expensive lens start out with the minimum body that meets your needs, the kit lens, and learn..

After you have some experience you may decide to go further with your photographic hobby. This is the time to begin investing in better lenses. If you buy very good lenses you will keep them for a long time and upgrade bodies periodically..

If you buy very good bodies first with inexpensive lenses you'll upgrade both more often..

Again, the above assumes you've gathered some experience and enjoy photography as a long term hobby. Some people take excellent and imaginative photo's with modest bodies and lenses...

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