Canon 35-80mm Lense

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by andy5000, Dec 6, 2007.

  1. andy5000 macrumors regular

    Sep 17, 2006
    Hi Everyone,
    I am getting a Canon 400d with the 18-55mm kit lense for Christmas.
    Anyway more to the point my dad has an old Canon 1000f camera with a 35-80mm lense. Is this lense worth using at all? i know it fits and works but is it a decent lense?is it better than the 18-55mm?
    And if its any good what should i use it for?

    Thanks Everyone
  2. Kebabselector macrumors 68030


    May 25, 2007
    Birmingham, UK
    It was the 'kit' lens of its time. Not great, probably worse than the current kit lens. With the 1.6 crop on the 400d it gives the equivalent of 56x128mm, so it might be handy and an extension to the 18-55.

    Still it's not going to cost you anything to try it, so have a go. If it's cr*p, then bin it!
  3. andy5000 thread starter macrumors regular

    Sep 17, 2006
    thanks i will give it ago but like you say its not going to cost me anything, if its c**p its c**p!
  4. koobcamuk macrumors 68040


    Oct 23, 2006
    I am getting a 400D for Christmas too! Happy snapping!
  5. miloblithe macrumors 68020


    Nov 14, 2003
    Washington, DC
    I used my mom's 35-80 for a while when I got my XTi before I bought any lenses for myself. Like others have said, it'll be semi-useful for providing a narrower angle of view than the 18-55. You could also, in low light situations, find that the 35-80 is at f/4 at 50mm while the 18-55 is at f/5.6. Could be a little useful. But mainly, the convenience of carrying only one lens would outweigh this thing's use in most cases. Once I bought a 19-35 lens and the 50mm f/1.8, I didn't use the 35-80 at all (other than for reverse macro, which it was OK for--but I imagine the 18-55 would work well for that too).
  6. ChrisA macrumors G4

    Jan 5, 2006
    Redondo Beach, California
    It is a marginally longer lens. It is cloose enough to the 18-55 that I doubt you would want to cary around both but if you are going some place and know you will be taking mostly tightly framed shots the 80mm length is a nice length for head and shoulders shots of people. If the lens is faster then f/5.6 all the much better. it also might be a better lens if you are going some place and know you can't get as close as you like.

    The lens was about the same quality and price is the 18-55.
  7. andy5000 thread starter macrumors regular

    Sep 17, 2006
    yeh im going to get some better lenses so it will become redundant. going to wait and save my pennies so i dont just go buying rubbish lenses. think i will get a nifty fifty 50mm f/1.8 cause that appears to be a pretty decent lense.

    cheers everyone, there seems to be a lot of people getting 400d's for christmas so to who ever gets one, or a new camera for that matter have fun!

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