Advise needed on lens

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  1. Nightfly

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    Hi all,

    I was hoping someone could advise me as to what sort of lens I should get. I currently have a Canon EOS 300D, which I have been using to photograph houses. It takes good pictures outside but I find that the pictures inside make the rooms look small and I cannot get the whole room in. Is there a wider angle lens that would do the trick or do I need a new camera?

    Any help would be much appreciated,

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    James
     
  2. Alex_B

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    wide angle will do the trick. with the smaller 300D sensor I would for example go for a sigma ultrawide zoom 10-20mm so you can get really wide.
     
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    ^^^ you only have to look through a 10-20mm lens once to realize its potential at stuff like indoor photography. I also recomend you buy a flash with a head that you can point up and bouce off the cieling becuase if you use the one on the camera not only will it cast a shadow off the lens that will be in the picture, but its not wide enough to cover the whol image with light.
     
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    It might help to know what lens you are currently using.
     
  5. Nightfly

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    Many thanks for the advice. That gives me some new things to try. I am currently using a Canon (EFS?)18-55mm. I like the flash idea as a lot of my pictures were very dark even with the flash and I have been using photoshop to fix them. Are there any flashes that you would recommend that would produce that effect?

    James
     
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    For your canon, look into the 580EX or 430EX flashes. If you are considering used, the 550EX and 420EX flashes. These dedicated flashes are a very good start. For maximum control, look into a set of flashes and pocket wizards.
     
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    Well if you are doing interior shots you might want to consider going off-camera. For things like this there are lots of corners and spaces that you can never properly get with an on-camera flash.
     
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    I think that you guys are pointing out some great ideas but for that standpoint he is at now i think he just needs 430ex and then also look into a wide-angle lens.

    Do you have a budget or price range?
     
  9. Nightfly

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    That is a good point. I hadn't really considered my budget. The cheaper the better but I would say £300-600 for the lens and flash together. I could stretch it if it would drastically improve the quality.
     

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