(Posted on FM.com as well, cross-posting for more feedback)
Am I crazy to consider trading my 50D for a 5D? I know, I know, this comes up ALL the time , but please hear me out. I love all the features of the 50D over the 20D I upgraded from, and the 5D is functionally not all that much ahead of the 20D, so I would be taking a step backward in features (i.e. bells and whistles). But every time I process files from the 50D, I just can't shake the feeling that there's something not quite right. They're...crunchy, and really digital, for lack of better terminology. And the shadow noise starting at ISO 400...ugh. My struggle when I replaced the 20D was between these 2 bodies, and now I think I may have made the wrong choice.
I'm looking for a straight-up swap monetarily (or as close as possible), since I've basically maxed out my gear budget for the next year or 2. I know what many of the responses will be (get the 5D!) when considering bodies alone, but what about factoring in lenses? The thing is, if I were to swap bodies, my lens lineup would have to be readjusted. So, to keep similar focal length coverage (and financial equity), my setup would change from:
The f/4 speed on the wide angle would remain the same, but I would lose the fast 1.8 in the standard range. Is the 5D high-iso good enough to compensate for the f/4 over the 1.8 on the 28mm (although it's actually more like 2.2 or 2.5, my 28mm isn't all that sharp wide open). And would it be worth it to add another $80 for the 50/1.8 II for fast aperture and subject isolation?
Oh, and since I know it's bound to come up, I like to shoot landscape, portrait, still life, candids, etc. No sports, wildlife, or birding for me (yet).
A million thanks,