D40 or XS

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  1. Ronniedee

    Ronniedee TPF Noob!

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    I'm close to getting one of these cameras. The D40 had been my favorite for the last few months, but I've recently figured out that it may not be a cheap comparatively to other cameras if you factor in cost of future lens purchases. I'm pretty sure that I'll want to add a prime 35 or 50 mm f/1.8 or f/1.4. These can be had relatively cheap from Canon, but the AF-S requirement for the D40 has me thinking twice.

    The Canon XS also has LiveView as another feature I like. It isn't a deal-breaker though. Image quality is top priority followed by lens choices and price.

    This will be my first experience with a DSLR, so I'm just looking for something to learn on that will take excellent pictures for the next few years. I plan to carry it often, so heft and size are also important (to a lesser degree than IQ).

    I know similar questions pop up frequently, but I haven't been able to find what I'm looking for. I would appreciate anyone's advice on what is a major purchase for me.
     
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    PhotoXopher TPF Noob!

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    You can pick up a 35mm f/1.8G for $199, it's a sweet lens that works great on the D40.
     
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    KmH Helping photographers learn to fish Supporting Member

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    You've got this backwards/confused. You can't use EF-S lenses on a full frame or 1.3x camera body, but all EF lenses can be used on all Canon EOS bodies.

    For the OP- what this means is that if you buy one of Canon's cropped-digital only lenses, which are demarcated by the "EF-S" label (some examples are the kit lens [18-55], and some specialized lenses that are reworked to provide focal ranges ideal to a cropped-sensor camera, such as the 10-22 and the 17-55/2.8 IS) you can't use those lenses on higher end Canons that have larger sensors. The Canons in production that these lenses don't work on are the: 1D mark III (1.3x), 1Ds mark III (1.0x), and the 5D mark II (1.0x)
     
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    Josh66 Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    I'm sure this is a typo, but just in case:

    No. This is wrong.

    There are no EF-S ONLY bodies. There are EF ONLY bodies though...

    EF lenses will work fine on any body. EF-S lenses will not be able to be used on full frame bodies.
     
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    KmH Helping photographers learn to fish Supporting Member

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    Ya, that's what I was trying to say.

    Thanks guys.
     
  8. Ronniedee

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    Thanks for everyone's help. After visiting my local shop again, I came home thinking I'd stick with the D40 based on value. Then I found a special deal on the Canon XSi (which was previously out of my budget and thus not under consideration) and bought it with the EF-S 18-55 IS & 55-250 IS lenses. [FONT=verdana,arial,helvetica][SIZE=-1][/SIZE][/FONT]
     

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