50D or 5DMKII

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  1. LoganJ

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    I'm looking at replacing my Rebel XT. I've been using the kit lenses for over 2 years now and am ready to purchase better equipment. I'll be inheriting a Canon 24-105mm L and a Canon 70-200mm L f/4. I shoot mostly landscapes (day time and evening), but want to get into macro soon. Would I be benefiting any more from getting a 5DMKII over the 50D? I know the 5D has a FF sensor and the 50D has a 1.6 crop factor.

    Thanks.
     
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    Yes you would be gaining alot in going full frame. Since used equipment isn't a problem, i'd also look into an original 5D, they're up for less then $1500 on Portland's craigslist, that's a STEAL for full frame.
     
  3. 5D - the full-frame makes a difference when trying to capture wide landscapes.
     
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    I have heard rumours, but never thought that I would oneday meet one who would kill for L ;)


    Anyway I think the 5DM2 is your best bet. Full frame for landscaping is perfect since you can get so much more into the shot.
    With macro its a little more complex - you will gain additional frame space, which I personally fine very important - since framing small bugs can be tricky to get the whole bug into a shot. Due to the loss of crop factor you will though be shooting with reduced depth of field (equivalent to 1 fstop's worth of loss) but the 5DM2 has good high ISO control, so a small ISO boost with a smaller aperture and you have gained back that lost depth of field.

    I personally would go for the 5DM2 - and I tend to do mostly wildlife and macro, the added shooting space combined with video is something that I really want to have (yes video is a consideration - I know quite a few who are interested in using video for macro and wildlife work)
     
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    Wow! Nice video!



    Thanks everyone.... Looks like I will hold off on the 50D and hope I can get a 5D MarkII when it comes out... Even though it is pretty much sold out. Maybe by the end of the year :mrgreen:
     

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