Which camera next ?

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  1. christm

    christm TPF Noob!

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    Dear All,

    I have been seriosuly taking photos for around 2 years now and my Canon 350D has been (and still is) great.

    However, I'm thinking of upgrading within the next 4 - 6 months.

    I have to have a Canon as I generally prefer them and all of my equipment is bought for Canons.

    My budget is up to around £800 ($1400 - $1700 I reckon).

    Im aiming for a career in Photojournalism and Event Photography includng sports.

    It must be a versatile camera - which is not aimed at any particular type of photography i.e. just sports, just very still subjects etc..

    My current 350D uses 58mm lens and so the other Canon would have to match this.

    I only need the body.

    Any help is hugely appreciated and I would be happy to give any more detail if you need it.

    Thank you

    Chris Temple-Murray
    www.templemurray.com
     
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    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Why are you wanting to upgrade at this time? What are you looking for that your current camera doesn't do?

    The newer Rebel, the 450D, might be a good choice for you or you could look at a 40D or 50D. It might be best to save money on the camera and spend more on a good lens, or even just put all your upgrade money into a good lens or two. That will make a bigger difference in your photography than an upgraded camera will.

    Do you mean that the lens that you have, has 58mm threads on the front?
    All Canon EOS cameras are compatible with all Canon EF lenses...and most EOS cameras are compatible with EF-S lenses as well.

    Different lenses will fit your camera (and whatever new one) but might have different front thread sizes. I have several lenses with several different thread sizes, they all fit on the same cameras.

    If you have 58mm filters that you are worried about, you can get step-up rings so that you can attach filters to different sized lenses, although, if you get a wider lens, you may want to get wider filters as well.
     
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    Thanks for the quick reply,

    Sorry I meant 58mm threads.

    Basically the 350D is great however I'm looking for:

    - A higher ISO Range
    - A faster shooting rate (FPS)
    - A high resolution
    - Overall and more professional camera

    I have 3 lenses at the moment.

    A canon 18-55mm (came with the 350D)

    A 70-200mm Sigma

    A 70-300mm Sigma (bought around 6 months ago)

    I have just been looking at the 50D, its looks very suitable, however I'm looking for advice.
     
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    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    I think the 40D or 50D would be a good upgrade for you. Either one will give you a great ISO range and good performance at high ISO, a really fast shooting rate, more resolution and a bigger (more robust) body.
     
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    I'm not sure what you mean by "58mm lens". I assume this is the filter size, since I don't know of any lenses that come in a 58mm focal length. If this is true, then the filter size doesn't matter. The only thing that matters is the mount. If your lens is an EF-S lens and you intend to keep using it, you'll need to get an EF-S body (30D, 40D, or 50D). If it's not an EF-S lens then it will work on any digital Canon.

    For $1400-1700 you have a few options. You could pick up a 40D or a 50D new, or you could pick up a used 5D.

    If your 350D is too slow (FPS) then go with the 40D or the 50D.
    If your 350D is fast enough, and your lens isn't EF-S, go with the 5D.

    EDIT: Looks like I was way too slow. The 40D or 50D definitely looks like what you want.
     
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    christm TPF Noob!

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    Thanks for both your replies.

    Whats the main difference between the 5D and 50D, I'm assuming thr 5D is more expensive and mainly for still subjects ?
     
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    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    The 5D has a 'full frame' sensor (the same size as 35mm film)....which is bigger than the 'crop sensors' that you find in the Rebel and XXD cameras. A larger sensor, for the most part, gives you better image quality and the 5D has great image quality. That being said, the 40D and 50D have improvements in technology that help with image quality, so consider that as well. The new 5D mark II will be out very soon, and it should be a good improvement over the 5D (and it can shoot video as well).
    I would suggest that you not worry too much about full frame vs crop sensors...but know that if you do get a full frame camera like the 5D, your 18-55mm EF-S lens will not work with it...because EF-S lenses are made for crop cameras only.

    The 5D also has a slow(ish) shooting rate (compared to the 40D\50D), so it isn't ideal for sports etc.
     
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    Ok, thats really helpful thank you.

    It must be able to fit with my current lenses. So the 5D is out of the window especially with the fact that it is less suitable for faster shots.
     
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    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    To be fair, the 5D would work with your other two lenses...and the 18-55mm lens really isn't anything to get attached to. So a 5D and a new wide lens would be a fantastic upgrade. But I still think you would be happier with a 40D/50D, so I think you are on the right track.
     
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    A used 40D (which would be my choice in this situation) would leave plenty of room for a lens upgrade, which I highly recommend. That 18-55mm isn't helping in terms of image quality, and with a $1400-1700 there's room for a $500 lens if you buy a used 40D (something like a 17-40 f/4L maybe).
     
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    I agree with others. Just based on the followings.

    - A higher ISO Range
    - A faster shooting rate (FPS)
    - A high resolution
    - Overall and more professional camera

    The 40D/50D will fit pretty well. I just recently (last week) bought a used 40D. And I already notice the differences between the XTi(400D) and the 40D. FPS, of course, how in the world I will not notice. You can tell by your ears which one is the 40D when both are shooting at burst mode.

    I was not able to do spot metering and now I can. And I do need that feature once in a while.

    As for the high ISO, I will say the noise handling on the 40D is better than my XTi/400D. For the same ISO setting, the 40D has less noise than the XTi/400D. And that is one thing I really like on the 40D over my XTi/400D.

    And I do feel that the autofocus seems to be faster with my 50mm F/1.8 lens. Do not know why ... or maybe I am seeing things ... ahahaha

    And the 40D flash sync speed is faster than my XTi/400D as well.

    So far, after using it for few days, I really like the noise handling, the faster FPS, menu controls, the body build .....

    You know, if I am still a noob and do not know anything about DSLR camera, I may still choose XT/XTi/XSi over 40D/50D. But now, I really think upgrading to the 40D from my XTi was a good idea.

    So, if you really looking for these,

    - A higher ISO Range
    - A faster shooting rate (FPS)
    - A high resolution
    - Overall and more professional camera

    Personally, I think 40D/50D is a good choice.
     
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    The 40D has a better AF system than the Rebels, and I believe that (like several other Canons) some of the AF points become more sensitive (cross type vs linear) when used with apertures larger than F2.8. No, I don't think you are imagining that.
     

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