haha nah I dont want to start a flamewar, but reguardless of what people say of the 50D's noise, if you spend 5 minutes profiling some noise reduction software (that can be automatically applied during workflow and takes hardly any time after that...) you can get some fairly impressive results, results that I'm very happy with, and since the noise doesnt bother me, I'm not going to keep using the 50D at 3200, 6400 and 12800, whatever it takes to get the shot
Here is a shot I did last week at my friends basketball, on the court fittling named: 'The Dungeon'
The lighting on this court is especially bad, and here is a ISO 6400 shot pushed 1 stop in post (12800 ISO EC)
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Noisereduction done with dFine on auto (because the standard 100/100 worked fine)
I'm not saying people are incorrect for saying the 50D's noisy, some of the files can look quite bad at 100% off the camera, but if you're applying noise reduction to your files anyway (like I see a lot of raw shooters doing with high iso shots) I don't see the issue
EDIT to fix img embed