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Canon 7d or 1ds original, 40d?

 
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Jun 03, 2010 17:10 |  #1

Hi,

I have a Canon Rebel XSI with the battery grip and I love this camera, however, I am starting into the world of professionalism. I am doing portraits and weddings and getting paid to do so and the Xsi is nice but I need a little bit more advanced camera.

I can purchase a used 1ds for around $850 (body only) and this of course the original 1ds. This camera will make excellent use of my 70-200mm f/2.8 canon lens. It is full frame, which is something I really would like to have.

The 7d is an awesome camera and the features are "un-real" for the price. 8pfs, digital level, wireless sync with flash units, hd video, where could you go wrong? I would have to shell out $800, which could be used for a solid wide angle lens or maybe for 2 speedlights.

The 40d the least pro. of all of these options but is still a fantastic camera. I have a friend who has a studio and does wonderful work all with a 40d. With Batt grip and all maybe $700 used. So cheap but allows me to spend money on the more important gear such as flashes and lenses.

The camera body is the least important part of the situation and I have a limited budget, if I hadn't just purchased the 70-200 lens I would go get a 5dII haha. I would wait to save up for the 5dII but I really need something better now and I know the 1ds is older but still to me is the most appealing. Even though the 7d is far better in many aspects including the fact that it has video which I would like to dabble in. I am having a hard time waiting until I have enough to get the 7d when i could buy a 1ds now, I wish the 1dsII was cheaper, it would be perfect. I was just wondering what you guys thought? Is it worth the wait?




  
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Jun 03, 2010 17:16 |  #2

7d my vote only other one id choose over that is a 5d2


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Jun 03, 2010 18:21 |  #3

Have both, 1dsMkII perfect for weddings.. can't beat full frame. Really I would either but the 1dsMKII would be my first choice. The 1.6 crop might be to much reach at close range. The iso range is fine on both. Good Luck


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Jun 03, 2010 18:22 |  #4

What about he original 5D?


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Jun 03, 2010 18:30 as a reply to  @ cito17's post |  #5

Don't forget the first rule of being a paid professional--you NEED a backup for every piece of critical equipment.


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Jun 03, 2010 18:35 |  #6
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cito17 wrote in post #10298042 (external link)
What about he original 5D?

Yes, what about an original 5D? That's like, 1200ish?




  
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Jun 03, 2010 18:38 |  #7

I'd take most modern DSLR's over an old 1Ds for sure,.. the 7D is a no brainer IMHO.


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Jun 03, 2010 18:40 |  #8

1Ds would be nice but it's limited to ISO1250... and I know from some experience I use ISO1600 quite a bit and wish for more! Nice camera but perhaps a little dated for some of the indoor shooting requirements.
40D will be the same or slightly better then your XSi in the IQ department. Great camera definitley a contender for wedding photography.

The hands down winner (from your choises) would have to be the 7D. The most accurate and fasted autofocus along with superior ISO performance (from what I can tell you can actually use ISO6400 with good results). I think that wedding photography is probably the field which demands the most from high ISO capabilities. Which 70-200 did you just buy? Cause if it was a f/2.8 IS then you may be fine with ISO1600/3200 from the 40D.

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Don't forget the first rule of being a paid professional--you NEED a backup for every piece of critical equipment.

Not only for backup, but it's also nice shooting with 2 cameras so you don't have to switch lenses. If getting a 7D means selling the Rebel, I would go for 40D + Rebel (or some other body).


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Jun 03, 2010 21:17 as a reply to  @ DStanic's post |  #9

Thanks for all the comments!

I like the 5d very much and it is full frame which is awesome, that and used is around 1200. It would save me some money and take great pictures, however, I think the 7d may have won my heart. I really want the video, the 19 focus points, and it is very well weather sealed. Besides that the ability to wireless fire multiple flash units would be useful. However, is it really worth the extra $600. The 5d is a full frame which is a great feature.

I just bought the 70-200mm f/2.8 "l" lens, and I know that with a 40d that would be wonderful. I also feel that the 40d is a better choice then the 50d but that may just be me.

I would still have my XSI as backup if I don't get the 7d, I may start out with a 5d and then later on get a 7d or whatever it's predecessor is in a few years is. I mean what do you all think of the 5d? Not the MrkII I cannot afford that at the moment. Mostly for wedding and portrait work, I have my medium format for landscapes and architecture, a pentax 645 don't poke fun because it is a pentax, it is a wonderful camera and with fuji velvia chrome or portra, it does an excellent job.

That and I wouldn't have to sell the rebel to get the 5d! So I would have a backup and really it takes great photo's too but...and which would be better a 5d or 40d? Or should I sell the xsi, save a little get a 7d and then later on down the road get a back up?




  
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Jun 03, 2010 22:29 |  #10

Sounds like a 7D may be more then you should be spending at the moment.

A 5D would indeed be a good choice as well. What is your lens lineup, and do you have enough flashes etc..?


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Jun 04, 2010 01:23 |  #11

buy the 7d from best buy. charge it, you can get 18 months interest free, plenty of time to save up the money and pay it off. then keep your rebel as backup




  
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Jun 04, 2010 02:48 as a reply to  @ fast4est's post |  #12

Now when the 7D is selling like hot cookies, the 50D has come down to a very cost-effective level.


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Jun 04, 2010 10:59 as a reply to  @ apersson850's post |  #13

I guess your right, the 7d is a little out of budget at the moment and I could use the money I save by purchasing a 40d or 50d or 5d to get a better flash, mine is a little old and needs to be my back up, and then maybe even a wide angle f2.8 lens to go with my telephoto 70-200 2.8 and 50mm f/1.8, I have of course the kit rebel lens and the kit tele 55-250. So I really need a solid camera make the full use of my new L lens that is affordable so I can get another good lens like the 28-80 2.8, so which is the better camera.

5d ---- 40d ---- 50d? Used a 5d is $1200ish ----- A 40d is $650ish ----- a 50d $800-900ish, the 5d is the most expensive but I could by it and still keep everything I have now and it is full frame, the 40d would be the most cost effective and is an awesome camera, I have heard that the 50d really isn't that much better.




  
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Jun 04, 2010 11:04 |  #14

I'd vote for the 7d too


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Jun 04, 2010 11:05 as a reply to  @ tomd's post |  #15

I vote 40D and buy some more good glass. The 40D takes fantastic images and because of that reason I can't find a legitimate reason to upgrade.


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