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Landscape Photography with the EOS 200D: A Review with Sample Images

The small and lightweight EOS 200D has many preset automatic shooting modes that make it easy to photograph a variety of subjects, including landscapes, and provides resultant photos of a surprisingly high image quality. It might be small, but that does not make it any less of an EOS camera. Let us take a closer look at the beautiful summer landscapes of Japan through the photos taken by the EOS 200D. (Reported by: Yuki Imaura)

Landscape photo, shot with EOS 200D

EOS 200D/ EF-S10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM/ FL: 10mm (16mm equivalent)/ Aperture-priority AE (f/8, 1/40 sec, EV-1.3) / ISO 400/ WB: Daylight

I used an ultra-wide angle lens to capture the pleasantness of the cooling shade under the trees in its entirety, away from the hot rays of the summer sun. Although this lens has a rather large depth-of-field, I further narrowed the aperture to f/8 in order to keep the entire image sharp and in focus.


Bishamon swamp in summer, shot with the EOS 200D

EOS 200D/ EF-S18-55mm f/4-5.6 IS STM/ FL: 55mm (88mm equivalent)/ Aperture-priority AE (f/11, 1/125 sec, EV±0)/ ISO 200/ WB: Auto

A photo of Bishamon Swamp with Mount Bandai in the background. I sought to create an image that evoked memories of past summer vacations by including elements such as summer clouds and people enjoying riding in their canoes.


Coneflowers and vibrant colours, shot with the EOS 200D

EOS 200D/ EF-S55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM/ FL: 79mm (126mm equivalent)/ Aperture-priority AE (f/4.5, 1/250 sec, EV +0.7)/ ISO 200/ WB: Daylight

I shot these vibrant cutleaf coneflowers through the gaps of a hydrangea plant. Being able to faithfully reproduce the vibrant colours with the EOS 200D was indeed a very good feeling. It is in scenes like this where the Vari-angle LCD monitor proves to be extremely handy. 


Dragonfly silhouette with sky in the background

EOS 200D/ EF-S18-55mm f/4-5.6 IS STM/ FL: 29mm (46mm equivalent)/ Aperture-priority AE (f/5.0, 1/4,000, EV+0.7)/ ISO 200/ WB: Daylight

I photographed my main subject, the dragonfly, as a silhouette, and boldly included the sky in the frame to create a final image that was reminiscent of summer. It can be rather hard to achieve ideal exposure for scenes like this, but shooting in Live View allows me to capture it right without any hitch.


Telephoto shot of mother sparrow and baby sparrows, shot with EOS 200D and EF-S55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM lens

EOS 200D/ EF-S55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM/ FL: 250mm (400mm equivalent)/ Aperture-priority AE (f/6.3, 1/320 sec, EV-0.3)/ ISO 500/ WB: Daylight

The mother sparrow flying about for food and her two round and plump chicks make a heart-warming juxtaposition in this image. The EF-S55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM lens is a telephoto zoom lens that provides a 400mm equivalent focal length, but at 375g, it is lightweight and easy to handle.


Ultra-wide angle shot of hydrangeas. EOS 200D with EF-S10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM

EOS 200D/ EF-S10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM/ FL: 10mm (16mm equivalent)/ Aperture-priority AE (f/16, 1/60 sec, EV±0)/ ISO 200/ WB: Auto

For this shot, I went in close to the hydrangea flowers using an ultra-wide angle lens with the intention of creating a distorted effect. The closer I got to the subject (the flowers), the shallower the depth of field became, leading to a more defocused background. Thus, I stopped my aperture down to f/16 in order to get the entire scene in focus.


Field in the fog, details captured with the 24.2-megapixel sensor

EOS 200D/ EF-S18-55mm f/4-5.6 IS STM/ FL: 49mm (78mm equivalent)/ Aperture-priority AE (f/11, 1/60 sec, EV+1.0)/ ISO 1250/ WB: Daylight

The fog shrouding the marshlands made for a fantastical photo. The dream-like moment where the field was ablaze with blooming Japanese irises and lilies was captured in detail by the 24.2-megapixel APS-C size CMOS sensor.


Taking photos of landscapes while feeling the changing of the four seasons

Shooting landscapes and nature is certainly an interesting pastime. Even if you spend most of your daily life in a city, when you start to go out into nature and shoot, you will find yourself gradually being able to hear the differences in bird calls, differentiate the various smell of flowers, or perhaps even locate dragonflies in the middle of a blazing red sky. Somehow, witnessing natural cycles of life and experiencing seasonal changes make one’s daily life just a little richer. Although the EOS 200D is an easy-to-use DSLR equipped with a myriad of automatic functions, it is more than capable of properly taking landscape photos.

The high-resolution 24.2-megapixel APS-C size CMOS sensor is more than enough to reproduce the intricate details of landscape photos, and aside from that, users can also enjoy using the Vari-angle LCD monitor to shoot with a tripod. The camera and lens combo might be light in terms of weight, but can certainly hold their own when it comes to producing quality photos, making it a joy to carry both around all the time to shoot.

You should definitely consider taking a short hike into the wilderness together with your family or partner with this camera in hand. Take photos of your partner or children using the ‘Portrait’ or ‘Kids’ mode, or change the shooting mode to ‘Landscape’ when shooting expansive scenery. With the plethora of automatic shooting modes built into the EOS 200D, you can be sure to create countless memorable moments together with your family and loved ones.


Check out these articles for more information about the EOS 200D!
EOS 200D: A Look at 4 Key Features
EOS 200D: A Review with Sample Images


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Yuki Imaura

Yuki Imaura

Born in 1986 in Saitama prefecture, Yuki Imaura is a landscape photographer. From editing magazines, he now works freelance, photographing various natural landscapes throughout Japan, and wildlife animals with vigor. He also writes for magazines and is a lecturer in photography.