So, I'm switching it up already... sold my camera

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  1. inTempus

    inTempus TPF Noob!

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    I decided this week to sell my new 40D. The reason was mostly centered around my discovery that my wife (and even myself) want to do more 8x10 prints and perhaps bigger.

    I had a pic I took of the Chicago L that I cropped and wanted to print as an 8x10. While it turned out ok, it's obvious that it's pixelated. It's not as sharp as I would like...

    So I decided I needed more megapixels. That leaves me either buying a 5D (really pricey) or a 50D. I planned on buying a 50D this weekend but now I'm reading reviews of all sorts of things including Nikons.

    So, here's where I'm at. I'm not heavily committed to Canon as I only have a 580EXII speedlite and no additional lenses. I can easily switch platforms now that my camera is sold.

    I've read the D90 has better color reproduction, better focusing in low light, better AF in general with (more AF points), the ability to increase saturation +4 without PP, etc. There seem to be a lot of little features on the D90, including HD video, that the 50D lacks. I've also considered the D300...

    But I'm still drawn towards the 50D for it's higher resolution (15.1mp vs. 12mp), familiar controls, supposedly better/more lenses, and a better construction (metal vs. plastic). I hear that the 50D's focus (the same as my 40D) while it only has 9AF points it's just as good as the D90's. The 50D shoots faster (6.3fps) which I do like.

    What are some of your opinions? Is the D90 noticeably superior to the 50D? If so, in what areas that you see? Should I jump ship and go Nikon or stick with Canon? Is the IQ really superior on the D90 vs. the 50D?

    Any input would be appreciated!
     
  2. usayit

    usayit No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    If the 5D is stretching your budget, you probably just be happy with the 50D. that's just my opinion.

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    Please realize that increasing the megapixel of the sensor does not necessarily produce a sharper 8x10 print. The 40D is more than capable of producing a sharp 8x10 or even larger. I guess what I'm trying to say is that your should determine the cause of the unsharp prints before making a decision. I hate for you to move forward only to be disappointed.
     
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    Overread has a hat around here somewhere Staff Member Supporting Member

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    which ever camera you go with make sure that you budget for some really good glass to go with it! Good glass can really make a massive difference in the quality of image that you get from a lens. Canon L - Nikon Nikkor (I think) - Sigma EX -- top quality glass helps a lot.
     
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    is this another way of starting a Nikon v. Canon debate? ;) lol
     
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    40D should make good 8x10 prints it could be down to your lenses, i get fantastic A3 prints from a 4mp 1Dmk1, it's not all about mega pixels lens quality has a lot to do with it, if you get a 50D you will still have the same mediocre kit lens
     
  6. inTempus

    inTempus TPF Noob!

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    I don't think I was clear, the 8x10's I've printed thus far have been crops from full shots. I often crop my shots, the one in question was about a 40% crop. With a higher resolution I can crop and still get decent larger prints... or so that's my understanding based upon everything I've read.

    But the cats out of the bag, I sold my 40D last night. A sad moment, it's a GREAT camera... but now is the time to move on. I have to decide do I go 50D, D90 or even perhaps D300.

    I'm still leaning towards the 50D.
     
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    Having jumped from the 40D to 5Dm2 I can relate to the keyword in your post, CROP. The 40D does not leave much overhead for crops, so you either work towards getting the shot full frame, or dish big bucks for the huge pixel space.

    LENS: Have you shot any primes? Even the $80 nifty fifty will change your mind about image quality and sharpness.

    I say go with the 50D for now, and try some prime lenses. I let a select few (3 people) grab a couple exposures with either my 50 or 100mm primes and they have all made the jump.

    -Shea
     
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    Ahh cropping space!
    were I going for cropping space I would say that the 5D or a nikon might have an advantage over the 50D - there is a lot of speculation that the increase in MP on the crop sensor that canon have opted for means that only top end glass will be able to perform well with the camera.
    I can't say from experience, just from the views of others. However if cropping is a big thing on a crop sensor camera already then there are 2 things to consider

    1) a 5DM2 would mean a full frame sensor so you would be cropping even more than you are now

    2) a longer lens might be what you need
     
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    Absolutely, what he said... the pixellation could be from a number of reasons, including JPG compression in the camera being set too high, post-processing compression before printing, inappropriate resolution, printing issues...

    Nigel
     
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    So what your saying is, you want to take a wide shot and find a small bit that is interesting and crop most of the photo out, instead of using the corect lens :mrgreen:
     
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    The most practical thing to do would be to find a better printer or use a program like genuine fractals. I've printed 30x45 images from 8mp files using Genuine Fractals to upsize and by sending an 1.5mb JPG edited from an 8MP RAW to WHCC and both turned out perfect.
     
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    I've been making excellent 11X14 prints with my 20D for years....recently upgraded to 50D....but the 40D should produce nice prints.
     

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