Last week I was posting about not needing the best or the newest cameras to enjoy photography.
Since then, I’ve found a virtually brand new DSLR at my local camera shop.
I purchased this example from WEX. The camera was in their secondhand section where I suspect it had been sat for sometime, unwanted and unloved. The camera was advertised as having 7000 shutter activation’s. The shop has its own grading systems and it was marked as a 9.
Living in Norwich means the WEX showroom is just 15 minutes drive away so I popped in and had a look at it. Quite simply, the camera was completely unmarked and appeared brand new. When it was released this camera would have cost £1300. I know, I actually used one.
But today, in September 2018, with 12 months guarantee (in its original box with all the original contents) it’s just £107, a bargain. So I snatched the camera from the salesman and paid for it straight away. This will be the camera for my cheap camera project.
Canon Digital Photo Professional 4 RAW Converter is Free
Like Nikon, Canon has it’s own free raw file converter called DPP4. I prefer DPP4 to Nikon’s Capture NX-D.
These are photographs of the actual camera and hopefully they show its as new condition.
So, my next task was to get a lens.
Canon 24mm f2.8 STM Pancake Lens
I’m was looking for a cheap prime. I had my mind set on the Canon 24mm f2.8 pancake lens which has a field of view of 38.4mm, basically a standard 35mm, a lens you can do a lot with.
Having bought the Canon 40D, I looked around for a good secondhand version of the Canon 24 2.8 STM pancake lens to buy. I did find one in good condition for £124. A new one is just £154.
So I just bought a new one and attached it to the camera.
First impressions, the lens is small, sharp and silent to focus. I can’t ever feel it attached to the camera.
So I took both camera and lens out and did some test images.
The colours coming out of the camera look great. So today I start my own project to take one image per weeek using the Canon 40D and the Canon 24mm f2.8 STM lens.
Page last updated: 11/11/2018