Background: I'm new to photography, and got a Canon Rebel G w/ kit lenses from a friend of mine. I'm interested in B&W photography, landscapes, etc.
Question: As I want to shoot in manual mode, does it make sense to get better lenses for the Rebel, or just go ahead and decide on a manual mode camera and get lenses for that? I don't need the latest and greatest, but as I haven't invested anything yet I'd like to make an informed decision before spending. I know for example that lenses for the manual focus bodies (both Nikon & Canon) are less expensive than AF lenses.
Not asking for a particular model really, just trying to figure out which way to go.
thanks in advance
Welcome to APUG and film.
It's good that you are planning ahead. But my suggestion is to play with what you have for a while first and let your taste and ability develop. I say this because what you would like for your gear will likely change rapidly in the first few months and what you think you'd like now won't be the same anymore.
Assuming you have a typical kit lens that is wide to mid telephoto - that's likely all you need for quite a while. Modern kit lenses are actually quite good while it may not be as durable as more expensive counter-parts.
My idea on equipment is that better equipment will give me an ability to do things I already know how faster and easier. But, they won't give me an ability to do things I don't know how to do. If you like collecting gears like I do, that's little different but I don't think that's what you are talking about.
I hope I don't sound condescending but that's how I feel about it.
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Develop, stop, fix.... wait.... where's my film?
Didn't sound condescending at all.
I'm not planning any immediate purchases either way, because I do want to have a better idea of exactly what I enjoy doing before spending. I just want to start planning ahead at least a little bit.
Thanks for the feedback,
If you're a Canon fan and don't mind manual focus lenses, buy a body that takes FD lenses. You could find tons of them cheap on Ebay. I'm sure they're every bit as good as the newer lenses for your Rebel. I've had a 20 year old F-1(n) and I've never regretted owning it nor the lenses.
thanks mcm, that's one of the options I am considering.
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You can do landscapes generally even with very cheap lenses. The cheapest lenses are usually OK for optical quality once you stop them down far enough and often for landscapes you'll use a tripod and a small aperture like f/11 or f/16 anyways. For that you can get by with what you have for now and then decide if you want to go wider, go to manual focus, go to medium format or whatever you end up doing as you explore the hobby.
You didn't mention what lens you got with the camera but I am going to assume that it is a 50mm lens. I agree with Tkamiya that you should get familiar with what you have and as your comfort/experience level increases build on that and add lenses that fit your needs.
Where are you located? Try to get together with other film photographers in your area and learn. That would be my suggestion. APUG is an excellent source of information but I find that getting together with people face to face and being able to get hands on is the best way to learn short of taking a course at the local community college.
Think about becoming a subscriber and put your work up in the gallery. We have the standard and critique where you can get ideas of what you can do different as far as lighting, focus and composition.
Before I forget, welcome to APUG.
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Thanks guitstik. Actually I got the two zoom lenses, I was considering getting a 50mm (or the Voitlander 40mm) prime for the Rebel.
I will be subscribing in the next few days, and will definitely be asking for C&C once I have some work back to post.
thanks for the suggestions!
Your Canon Rebel G has an EOS lense, I don't know the exact acronym but it stands for something like Electronic Optical Stabilizationg (or whatever).
The older Cannon FD mounts are nice but the prices are going up. They are also dead-ends. The EOS lenses have the option/capability of being mounted on digital camera bodies should you wish to pull double duty later on.
I would definitely stick with what you have for now. Just do it all manually (don't let it focus, don't let it set aperature, shutter, etc... Just use it for a light meter and take your own shots). Same result, and you don't fork over a ton of money.
I found that my standard 50mm prime wasn't doing justice for group photos and interior house shots so I got a wide angle lense. 28mm for me, but anything 35mm or so is decent. On top of that I have a minimal zoom (around 70mm-200mm) which is very useful for things slightly further away. I don't always zoom to the max, but it gives you that option to frame your shots better than a prime lens does.
Just general shooting, I would say you should have everything covered with 2 lenses:
1) 28mm (or 35mm) to 70mm (or 80-100mm, whatever) <-- your main shooting lens, from wide to just a bit closer than standard.
2) 70mm-80mm to anywhere in the 150mm or 250mm range. 300mm and up get really pricey.
#2 is optional. Can be bought later. You can get it all done with a prime lense (50mm/f1.4) but having that ability to zoom is more useful for framing of shots.