Lens for EOS 300... for around £40...

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  1. ssgv2

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    Ok , so my dad has decided to nick MY lens for his EOS 5 now i cant do anything with my camera. I only have £40-70 to play with and i cant afford to wait since i need it for a GCSE type thing, so if anyone can give any suggestions that would be great!

    Edit: its Film not digital, people were getting confuzzeld.
     
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    50mm F1.8
     
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    I second the 50mm f/1.8. Don't mess around with that junky EF-S lens.
     
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    Third, whether the body is film or digital.
     
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    Just curious what makes the ef-s lens junky compared to other options.
     
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    EF-S lenses generally aren't junky...but the 18-55 lens is. It's the kit lens that usually comes with DSLR cameras. It's made to be light and cheap. For the price, it's not really a bad lens...but there are many better options.

    Also, as mentioned....it's for digital APS-C DSLR cameras only...not film cameras.
     
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    It's like the 22mm-55mm that came with the Canon film APS camera. The build on the 50mm/f1.8 is the same (cheap, plastic, etc), but since it's a prime, it's still pretty good optically. It doesn't have to make the compromises that a cheap zoom does.
     
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    the 50mm F1.8 is not fixed focus, is it?
    Ps. what IS fixed focus?
     
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    Fixed focus, as far as I know...is what you would call those really cheap cameras...like the disposable ones...where there really is no focus. They give you a range and you just have to be that far away to be in focus.

    The 50mm lens is a Prime lens...meaning that it has a fixed Focal Length. It does not zoom. It does focus and has an adjustable aperture like other lenses.

    This lens is great for several reasons.
    #1) It's cheap. The build quality is not very good...but it won't cost very much.
    #2) It's optically very good. 50mm is relatively simple lens to design & make...so it will give you great sharpness, contrast & color.
    #3) It's got a wide maximum aperture. Being able to shoot as wide as F1.8 is great. You can shoot in lower light and you can get a very shallow DOF.
     
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    the 50mm looks great! but i take it there is nothing with any sort of zoom for around £70 is there?
     

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