Entry Level for landscapes: Canon 200D or 1300D + another lens

by tab   Last Updated August 09, 2018 13:18 PM

I'm thinking about buying a camera, I want to bring it with my while hiking/camping to photograph nice landscapes (mostly) since my phone camera does not satisfy me anymore.

I was thinking DSLR mainly for the battery duration and the cost, mirrorless seems to be too expensive for an entry level like me, even if they are lighter to carry. I also have to learn basically everything, I know a bit of "theory" but I still have to try with a good camera.

I searched around a bit and I found out that I could afford a Canon 200D with 18-55 for around 500€, but a friend of mine would sell me his Canon 1300D with the same lens for around 300€ and therefore I would have more money to buy maybe another lens or tripod or wathever.

What are your thoughts? Do you have maybe another model that would better fit my needs?



Answers 1


I have the 200D and the 1200D (which I believe is the 1300D's pre-decessor).

I would without any hesitation recommend the 200D to anyone, for the price I personally think it's one of the best value cameras that Canon has created for a while. It's also one of the smallest/lightest DSLRs they make which is an obvious advantage for carrying around whilst hiking etc. Finally, not necessarily relevant to your question, but the video capabilities and in-camera tools are much better on the 200D.

If you're willing to go a tiny bit higher on budget you can probably find a portrait kit that is the 200D + 18-55mm kit lens + 50mm f/1.8 prime lens.

The prime lens will no doubt get better quality images - but if you're doing landscape you're probably going to need a tripod too. From my experience my best landscape shots have been using a smaller aperture (f/8.0 +) and an ND filter with a longer exposure.

All this depends on the location, subject, lighting etc. so keep that in mind when looking at the kind of gear you want to purchase.

Sam O'Leary
Sam O'Leary
August 09, 2018 12:55 PM

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