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PostPosted: Fri Nov 18, 2011 1:14 pm 
Hi there!
I have decided i may get either the canon 550d or 600d
but the lense is where i am stuck with.
I want one that will see further into the distance than my current camcorder will and i believe it is to do with the biggest number on the mm thingy. (told you i was a noob :P )

anyway here are the specs...

Apature fixed at 3.4

Canon lense 18-55mm (you all know it)

so which one of these would see further if they were both at their most telephoto setting. I know the canon one has less ''optical zoom'' but will it see more far away?


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 18, 2011 1:40 pm 
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Hmmm... The camcorders sensor is smaller so you might get further with it.
If I guess right it might have the typical compact camera's 5.6x crop factor so the 35mm film equivalent of the "reach" is 36-190mm - The Canon used on a 1.6x crop sensor has an equivalent "reach" of 29-88mm - so the camcorder has more reach while the Canon's lens offers more wide angle.

Yes, I know it's complicated.

But if you get the "two lens kit" from Canon there the 55-250mm lens as well, having an equivalent focal length of 88-400mm so that one can get quite a bit more reach.

Canon EOS 500D + Canon EOS 5D Mark III + Canon EOS 33v
Canon EF 28-80mm 3.5-5.6 USM + EF 24-105mm 4L IS USM + EF 100-400mm 4.5-5.6L IS USM + EF 50mm 1.8 II + EF 100mm 2.8L Macro IS USM + Sigma 12-24mm 4.5-5.6 EX DG HSM + Canon Speedlite 580 EX II + Nissin Speedlite Di 466

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 18, 2011 2:47 pm 
just incase this helps the camcorder is a toshiba h30

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 18, 2011 2:50 pm 

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What is the make and model of the camcorder? You can probably look up the specifications on the manufacturer's website, and it should give the focal range in 35mm equivalent lengths.

I would guess the 18-55mm is likely the shorter of the two lenses, but of course you don't have to get that lens. If you bought one of those cameras as body only, you can buy whatever lens you'd like. The 18-135mm has more reach, as would the optically superior 15-85mm.

Out of curiosity, what will you be filming/photographing? We can suggest lenses appropriate for the use.

EDIT: Ninja'd. But I couldn't (quickly) find the 35mm equivalent focal range of the H30. It's not listed on the Toshiba website.

Body: Canon Rebel XS, Canon EOS 7D
Lenses: Sigma 17-70mm f2.8-4.0 OS HSM DC Macro, Canon EF-S 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 IS II, Canon EF 50mm f1.8 II, Canon EF-S 10-22mm f3.5-4.5 USM, Canon EF 85mm f1.8 II USM

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 18, 2011 3:00 pm 
i would use the camera for filming for youtube.
now this is where there is a bit of a strange part. I do shows on model planes on youtube, so when im flying them i need quite a bit of zoom, however when taking pictures i'd do wildlife/sceneric picture (being like trees, valleys, hills. that sort of stuff)

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 18, 2011 3:43 pm 
and ive looked on the toshiba website and there are no more detailed specs than the ones i gave you

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 18, 2011 6:47 pm 
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If found it. If you can find the sensor size (1/2.5" in the case of the Tosh H30), you can find out the crop factor (of 6), which would give it the 35mm equivalent focal range of 38.4-204mm.

DSLRs: Canon EOS 7D Mark II, Canon EOS 70D
CSC: Canon EOS M3
Lenses: Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM, EF 50mm f/1.8 II, EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM, Canon EF-M 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM, Canon EF-M 22mm f/2.0 STM

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