Is the canon 650D a good camera to start with?
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OK first off that camera has a crop factor of around 1.5. Simply put multiply the lens length by this number and that's what you're really using. In your case you're shooting a 75mm prime. That's a really good focal length for portrait work. The reason why so many people advise starting out with a prime lens is a bit more complicated. One of the things it gets you to do is move around your subject. Back and forth, left and right and up and down. You learn about angles and perspective by moving. Primes are typically better at handling things like light falloff, sharpness and most of the time they're faster glass as well. All good things to have as far as pic taking is concerned. Learning with one fixed prime also helps you understand DOF, depth compression and so on. These things all change with each lens and if you mess with a bunch of glass at one time things can get confusing fast. Shooting a typical 50mm prime is a whole lot different than say an 800mm catadioptric lens.
So in regards to what your friend said about using a single prime is spot on. You have to think about what you need to do to get the shot you're after. As far as the 50 being OK for street use I would say it's a good place to start. Just remember it's not a 50 on that camera. It's a 75.
Hey, thanks for all your advice. I'm guessing you are somewhat of a 'pro' on these forums. I could do with a mentor like you. At the moment I'm just absorbing and learning as much as I can. I never thought I'd get into photography but after going to a 'street photography' exhibition in London and seeing some amazing images by Jessie Wright, I'm now hooked. I think I might subscribe to this thread and see if I can pick up any tips or advice from people like yourself.
I'm now bidding on a Minolta 50mm 1.7 prime lens from Ebay. I just can't afford the price of a new Sony 1.4 prime. Thank goodness there are so many used Minolta lenses floating around.
Good really isn't the right question. Technology has gotten to the point where just about anything is capable of capturing excellent images in a wide array of conditions. What you need to figure out is if this camera is suitable for your needs and what you want to do. Personally I would not have a problem using that camera. It runs in full manual mode, has good interchangeable lenses. It's got a decent megapixel count and runs well in ISO settings that I commonly use. One thing it does have is video and to me that's a turn off. It's not a deal breaker it's just something I really don't want in a still camera.
Will go to shooting ASA 400 negative film with it, it seems that everything slower than 1/125 gets killed by incorrect shutter times.
Tried now the next store for development. Took 1 week, negatives seem to be ok but the scans are crazy awful 1.5 megapixel scans, worse quality than the scans of 10x15cm pictures I've done with my HP OfficeJet. Still waiting for a roll of Ilford XP2 in 120 that I brought to another store for development.
Szeph, those are nice. Very contrasty, it looks like there's a lot of detail in there too...
I'm selling off all my olympus stuff :/ It sucks being broke, but at least I still have tons of film cameras to shoot with. When I get some money together I was looking at the XE-1. It looks promising for what I need. The o-md was downright awesome, but a little too small for my hands.
Sounds like it's shorting somewhere. If you can get it apart look around the battery contact area for old battery crud shorting to ground. If it was a component it should smoke with that kind of drain. The batteries are hot when you take them out correct?
Here's an iPhone shot of how the connectors look. It's not gritty looking like that in person but see how the connectors look clean?
L35 af battery compartment by TheCreativeD00m, on Flickr
Edited by il ciclista - 11/17/12 at 4:35pm