Camera/Lens Research…

I’ve been researching different DSLR camera recently because I haven’t been that happy with some of my photos from my Canon EOS Rebel XSi. My photos just don’t seem to be as sharp as other people’s photos with similar subject matter.

My New Camera

Another reason I wasn’t so happy with my camera was the lack of an articulating screen (a screen that swivels)… which I liked on my previous point-and-shoot camera, Canon PowerShot A650IS (below).

My New Opteka Semi-Fisheye Lens

It made it easy to take macro photos at weird angles or photos of a crowd taken from above. I wish Canon made an DSLR with a swivel screen.

Some of the DSLR with a swivel screen that I found were the Nikon D5000, Olympus E-620 and the Lumix G1.

I asked around for people’s opinion and many photographer said that if I was not happy with the quality or sharpness of my photos, then maybe I should consider getting a better quality lens than the kit lens that came with my camera…

So I’ve been looking around and researching about lens for my camera. There is so much I need to learn. I didn’t know many terms they used like USM, ES, prime, etc… but as I’m reading I’m slowly getting to know the terms a little more.

So now I’m not quite sure what to do. I can get a better quality lens (if I figure out what I want), but that still doesn’t solve the fact that my camera doesn’t have a swivel screen… but if I get a new DSLR camera with a swivel screen, then I will most probably get it with a kit lens and later want a better quality lens again… Additionaly, I would be moving to a different camera system, meaning I can’t use my Canon lens on the new camera…

So I’m going to keep doing my research… I can stick with my Canon XSI for now but I really want to improve the quality of my photos, so I’ll continue to search for tutorials that may help me with my Canon XSI for now.

  • I’d also agree on trying a different lens than the kit lens.

    My husband has the XSI and we share lenses (at least in theory… usually I have the 100mm macro and he has the 28-105 zoom) and while, yes, at full resolution, I have better image quality with the 5D, the XSI makes excellent images too. A few times I’ve taken the XSI to shoot my tidepool macros instead of the 5D, so same lens, same strobe, same photog… I don’t think that there’s an appreciable difference (other than original image size) between the cameras.

    This set was shot with the XSI, when my 5D was out for repairs: … you can compare to my other tidepool photos, most of which are shot with the 5D. And my husband’s photostream is here: … you’ll have to look around to find photos where he used the XSI.

    Also, when you commented on the sharpness of my photos, I forgot to mention that I mostly use a prime lens, and not a zoom. Generally, a moderately priced prime lens delivers better image quality than a more expensive zoom. If you decide to stick with Canon, I think the 60mm macro would be a good lens to look at, especially for the subjects that you often photograph.

    • Thanks again for your explanation and examples of your camera use. I’m sticking with my XSI for now and will probably stay with Canon EOS when I upgrade. I heard a rumor that they will come out with new cameras soon with an articulating screen. Whooohoo!

      I also bought a cheap prime lens to play with. The Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Lens.

      Next one will probably be a macro lens. So you think a 60mm macro would be good for what I take. Do you mean the Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM?

    • Have you heard or used Extension Tubes to make a lens kinda act like a macro lens? Something similar to this: Kenko DG Auto Extension Tube Set for the Canon EOS AF Mount.