Canon 1100D

If I had a pound for every time someone said “I love your photos, you must have a great camera”, I’d be able to buy all of Canon’s stock. It’s a backhanded compliment, and one that irritates me as I know anybody could get a cracking photo from a cheaper, entry level dSLR. Like the Canon 1100D. Here is a portrait I took of Ayden with the 1100D and 50mm. It produces a nice, crisp image wich I’ve done my usual processing on, and it looks just as good as other shots I’ve taken with my 5DMKIII. It’s not really about the body, but learning how to use it, equipping it with good glass, and practicing. Can I get an AMEN!




  1. John Owen says:

    Amen. Let’s not forget that some of the Countryfile Calendar photos were taken with simple point and shoot cameras, not DLSRs of any variety. A good photo is more about subject and composition and less to do with the technology.


  2. Inês says:


    amazing portrait.

  3. Phil Barker says:

    I think the main issue there is that 90% of people who say “you must have a good camera” kinda of mean the combination of body & lens as they don’t see anything different.

    Fair enough an 1100D is capable of brilliant photos when paired with an L series lens or 50mm 1.4 – but to none-photographers an 1100D with a 50mm 1.4 is still a “good camera”. It is after all still £6-700 worth of kit!

    If you try to achieve the same shot with the kit 18-55mm you might struggle a bit 🙂

    But I do agree that if you browse flickr there are some seriously bad photos taken with 5D MKIII’s and L series lenses.. knowing how to use your kit and understanding composition is a lot more important than throwing cash at equipment 🙂

    • Ashley says:

      I would always recommend a newbie buys the 1100D body and 50mm lens. The 50mm ƒ1.8 sets you back about £100, and the camera body is under £300. Perfect combo to start out with, and you’d get some really nice pictures with it (if you learn how to use it).

      Also, even hobbyist photographers who have entry level equipment can often use it as an excuse for producing poor images, but that’s because they’re shooting on Auto and haven’t invested in a nice lens.

      I will play with this camera some more and use the ƒ1.8 instead, and I’m confident I’d still like the photos.

  4. Martin says:

    My crappiest lens is probably better than anything Ansel Adams/Henri Cartier-Bresson/Robert Capa/etc. used. So I’d include both body and glass in the list of what doesn’t matter.

    Great portrait! I like the colours. I love the connection with the model…that’s worth more than any equipment!

  5. Great shot. I’ve been using a Nikon D60 with the stock 18-55mm lens since I bought it, and you do have to work a little harder with it to get nice shots. I’m still pretty pleased with a selection of them though (

    A 50mm ƒ1.8 has been on my wishlist for a while now. This post may just be enough to send me over the edge 🙂

    Also, £75! … £75!! Bargain.

    • Ashley says:

      First thing I do if anyone asks me for camera advice, is point them in the direction of a 50mm lens. It’s pretty tight on a cropped sensor camera, but I think it’s so versatile and affordable, it’s a must for any photographer!

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  7. Chris says:

    Very inspiring Ashley! I’m still considering my next move up from the old 350D!
    The question still remains ‘why do you have a 5D if cheaper cameras are good’?!

  8. Mike says:

    Good post, Ashley. I’ve always liked Scott Bourne’s response to this question: “I bought my camera at the same store where Shakespeare bought his pens.” We get this a lot in the web design world too. When a client balks at a quote and says, “My son has Dreamweaver. I’ll just get him to do it.” Sometimes I’d like to say, “Does he have Word too? Why not get him to write you a novel while you’re at it?”


  9. I’d recommend the Nikon D3200 + 50mm AF-S, but other than that I totally agree 😉


    • Cassie says:

      That’s what I have. 🙂 I’m a total newbie, and I actually started out experimenting with a manual film camera, so the DSLR world is totally new to me. But there’s no excuse not to become great at the art when so many resources are available online.

      And yeah, it’s not about the camera. You could argue over a million different models all day long, but it’s the person behind the camera that’s creating those perfect shots.

  10. Karsten says:

    Amen! It cannot be said often enough. I have had a few instances where I posted a picture and gotten comments like “wow, what camera did you use?” and I was able to reply “iPhone 3G”. That always throws them for a loop.

  11. Graham says:

    Nice image!

    I have a 1000D, and as you say, it’s not just the kit but it’s knowing how to use it and having an eye for a picture. I’m happy with my lot, got the stock 18-55 mm but prefer the 50mm f1.8 for my portraiture and low light work (used it during a Young Guns gig in Glasgow to great effect!) and also use my 1000D for football photography which makes it’s way into the local paper quite often.

    One day I may make the jump to a higher spec….. one day!!

  12. Gemma says:

    Finally, thank you! As much as I love being a Photographer and blogging, I get this question always. You are so right, it’t the way you use the tool not what tool you have. I actually only have an 1100D as saving to upgrade in a few months and I love all of my pictures. Yes I long for better, but that’s because people pay me to take their pictures and I want the best. But a simple camera is all you need, if you only learn to use it. xxx

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