The 350D has plenty of basic modes for you to play with and slowly learn the ropes. Don't even worry about it, because I don't think anyone will struggle with this camera if they take some time to lie down on the bed, read the manual and experiment with the camera nearby with the lens already mounted on.Originally Posted by doink24
The way to zoom with an SLR system is different from a compact camera. With compacts, you simply press buttons to zoom in or out. In SLR lenses, there's usually two rings: a focus ring and a zoom ring. To zoom the lens in or out, you'll have to turn the zoom ring clockwise or anticlockwise. To find out which direction is which, simply take off the front lens cap, look through the viewfinder and turn the ring at the same time.
Don't worry too much about the focus ring at this time, and never ever turn this ring forcefully unless the lens switch is switched at MF. If you force it while the switch is at AF, it might damage the lens. That said, more expensive lenses will have FTM (full-time manual focusing) which means that you can turn the focus ring regardless of the position of the switch. But worry about this later.
For now, I want you to remember one thing: shoot A LOT with the kit lens before deciding what your next lens purchase should be. DON'T EVEN OPEN THE LENS BOOK WHICH CANON GAVE YOU! Hmm...never mind, scrap that. Skip the section on the lenses and proceed straight on to Photographic Techniques for some bare bones basics, but don't buy any lenses at this time.