View Full Version : 450d lense help please

19-09-2009, 19:06
Had one of these a couple of months.

Not using it for fishing but for family pics etc - shooting at shortish range.

Bit dissapointed with the sharpness of outdoor pic's.

Only using the standard IS lense that came with it, i hear that they are not great anyway as the camera body only is only 40 quid less or so.

Looking for a advise on a good general purpose lense for the camera without spending silly money that will give me sharper images.

20-09-2009, 05:57
canon 50mm f1.8...

20-09-2009, 06:35
same as...........get a nifty fifty

20-09-2009, 20:30
Canon have a pretty good range but you do not mention how much you have to spend. A 50mm prime is a great portrait lens but not so good if your trying to get a few people into a shot, you could though supplement it with a 35mm which will be better for indoor shots. You might also want something wider. Some of the mid range zooms look good

like http://www.dpreview.com/lensreviews/canon_17-85_4-5p6_is_usm_c16/

for around 400 and will give you a great walkaround lens of high quality and a good range. Much better than the kit lenses.

20-09-2009, 22:27
CC, please don't take this the wrong way but have you given it a real good go and tried to understand how to get the best from your lens. I don't know your capabilites so if i'm off the mark, please accept my apologies. I see so many SLR users complain about their kit lens but I do think that a fair few of them just haven't got to grips with things yet. I have the 18-55 Canon kit lens and I get my fair share of duff ones but I also get a lot more good ones than I used to. This leads me to believe that maybe the early errors had a little to do with my lack of experience with a proper camera.

Here's a few of my better ones...




All kit lens and all pretty sharp to me :)

Hope this helps

20-09-2009, 23:06
Canon do a great 28-135 IS USM lens.
I like to carry it around with my 50mm 1.4 and find I can do most things with just 2 lenses. The 100-400mm lens isn't so practical, so I don't often take it fishing.
Take a look, the IS is quite useful and its a nice focal range for 'walk-around use'


21-09-2009, 10:03
The Canon kits lens isn't the greatest lens, it feels like a toy compared to my other lenses. However you should be able to achieve a good level of sharpness with it.

The canon Autofocus system isn't the best to be honest and can hunt in lower light, id always use a flash during the day anyway, this may help the focusing. I would imagine you are shooting on one of the program settings and not full manual, this could also account for lack of sharpness if your shutter speed is to slow. You will need to shoot at 100/sec as a rule of thumb for hand held photography.

You have autofocus points as well, I think its 9 on that canon model, this can again throw out the sharpness by not focusing on the subject, I always set to the middle point and focus on my subject that way.

Your depth of field could also be a bit low, ie too small an F Stop, meaning that only a small portion of your image is in focus, this again is a problem with the program modes.

The problem with SLR's is you need to have a good backround knowledge so you can adapt to the situation your are shooting in and the subject you are a shooting. They aren't good point and press cameras, there are loads of tutorials, books etc. on the tinternet. Few evenings reading and Im sure focus problems will be a thing of the past.

21-09-2009, 18:26
i dont know what you lot are on about but that rottie is perfect......