Canon 50D vs. Canon 500D

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  1. Alex_M

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    Hi guys,

    I'm considerung buying a new DSLR. I'm new to digital photography and want pretty much a good camera in advance in order to use it a long time. My choice is either the Canon 50D or the 500D with an extra lens (no basic-kit lens).
    I thought of a Canon EF-S 17-55mm 2.8 IS USM lens. What do you guys think?

    I want to take pictures of sports, landscapes, and portraits, so pretty much everything :blushing: ...



    Thank you so much for your help!
     
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    in honesty... both are too powerful for a newbie (well the 500D is focused for Ameture Photographers.)

    I like your post compared to other newbies who sign up to a forum and go "tell me a camera where i can get super High quality images for less than £500."

    The 50D is for Semi Professionals.
    IF you have the cash.. then I guess why not.
    But I recommend buying a cheaper body and spending the money on Lens'
    The most important thing for DSLR's are the Lenses tbh.

    Ofcourse the body matters but its the glass that gives the true quality and captures the image (besides you pushing the buttons)

    You should get a 350D to a 450D (includes 1000D which is essentially the 450D but cheaper and a lower resolution / MP)

    As said above.. If you have the cash, why not go for the best of the lot (the 50D in this case)
    *removed statement due to the correction below*

    Whereas the 450D (thats what I use therefore all I can give a true opinion of performance on, the rest is just from what I have heard / researched.)
    can take either EF or EF-s glass (meaning it can use L glass too) But as it is a 1.6x crop sensor all lens' you buy for the 450D will be focal length x 1.6

    This means if you buy a 50mm f1.8 ii it is then essentially a 80mm (and also looses a little quality) but the quality loss is minimal

    Remember: It isn't the camera that takes the picture, it's you!

    In otherwords. You need to know how to control a camera to get good images there is no point going out buying a Canon EOS 1Ds mk II then keeping it in Auto mode (one of the best cameras in canons line btw)
    Thats a waste of the money you paid for it, the reason DSLR's are so dear and popular compared to compact counter parts is because they allow for versatility thus making images more interesting and unique as you change every factor to fit the image, it's a type of witch craft

    The only REAL advantage to the 500D over the 450D is the ability to record video, that isn't what a DSLR was made for, it is made for Still frame photography not movies, thats what you buy a Video Camera for (professional ones coming in at around 1.5k - 6k + which surprised me when i found them.. i was certain they would have cost more!)
     
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    actually the 50D is a crop 1.6 aps-c sensor. It does take the ef-s 17-55 lens (which by the way is a fantastic lens)

    Also, if the problem isn't the money then the 50D is a great choice. Another great choice could be the 40D which has the same excellent build quality as the 50D but is a generation older, and lacks various other features that you probably wouldn't notice if you're asking this question.
     
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    What do you think of buying the 500D with the 17-55 2.8 USM? That should be about 1500€ ... good choice for sort of "everyday" photography?

    Thanks!
     
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    Sure, my lenses of that range is by far my most used lens. Also, as was said the lens is the most important part of the camera, so by all means go with the 500D and the 17-55 lens. Heck, if I had to go back to getting an XT or an XTi in order to have that lens I would definitely do it.
     
  6. Big Mike

    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Welcome to the forum.

    I suggest going into a camera store and holding both cameras. The biggest difference between the two is the size and build of the body and the layout of the controls. The 50D is bigger and more robust, with more on-body controls.

    If image quality is your top concern, then you would probably be better off with the cheaper camera body and the better lens. The 17-55mm F2.8 IS, is a fantastic lens, especially compared to the standard 'kit' lens, but it if you plan to put your gear to some good hard use, it might be better to get the better body and get quality lenses as you go.
    I saved a lot of money by going with the Tamron 17-50mm F2.8 instead of the Canon 17-55mm. The Tamron is a great lens, but the Canon is outstanding.
     
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    Thank you guys a lot for your help!
     
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    Hey Guys, I decided to buy the EOS 50D now. What kind of lenses do you recommend for some sort of "everyday"-photography? I thought about the 17.55mm 2.8, but it's kind of expensive though.. Do you have any recommendations? I don't really need that much of a zoom, I'd rather like use my feet instead! :)

    Prices shouldn't be above 800-900€ / 1100$..

    Thanks!
     
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    Good choice.

    How important is a wide aperture to you? The 17-55mm F2.8 is an outstanding lens, but yes, expensive. I went with the Tamron 17-50mm F2.8...not quite as good, but very good in it's own right...and much less expensive.

    I've also got the 17-85mm F4-5.6 IS. It's a decent lens and a great range for walking around, but the smaller max aperture is limiting at times.

    The 17-40mm F4 L is a top quality lens in this range and at a decent price as well.

    Since you prefer to use your feet for zooming, what about prime lenses? A 50mm F1.4 and maybe something in the 24-30mm range?
     
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    50mm II f.18 - $100
    50mm f1.4 - $385
     
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    I am going to throw out one piece of advice that will prob. get me yelled at and tarred-feathered here.

    Save some money, and get teh 70-200mm F 2.8. IS USM.

    Good range, very popular, (yes very heavy) but this lens will do you no wrong, and it will probably out live the body.

    I know cost can be a factor here, but in the end its sorta like buying a BMW over a Chevy Caprice Classic.
     
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    Dao No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    I also have the Tamron 17-50mm F/2.8 as memtioned by Big Mike. Very nice lens for the price. It is my walk around lens with my 40D. (Sold the kit lens 28-135mm IS that shipped with the camera )
     

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