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JohnnyHormone
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Jun 17, 2012 09:07 |  #1

Hi all,

Basically I shoot mainly local football (soccer), and have been using my 30D with a 70-200 f4L for a while now. That aside I take the usual family pics and the odd stuff for work purposes (web).

I know my 30D is getting long in the tooth, but I still love it and so am thinking about selling my other body, al 400D, and picking up a 50D. (My 30D then taking it easy and getting a well earned rest).

I know I can pick up a 50D body for £400-450 in good condition with an approx 10k or so shutter count, and if I am honest that is about as much as I want to spend. (also I have no interest in video footage - my G9 does that and I have never used it).

So, my question is simple, is the 50D a worthwhile purchase at that kind of money, or do you recommend a different course of action?

Thanks all,

Johnny


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Jun 17, 2012 09:10 |  #2

JohnnyHormone wrote in post #14590690 (external link)
Hi all,

Basically I shoot mainly local football (soccer), and have been using my 30D with a 70-200 f4L for a while now. That aside I take the usual family pics and the odd stuff for work purposes (web).

I know my 30D is getting long in the tooth, but I still love it and so am thinking about selling my other body, al 400D, and picking up a 50D. (My 30D then taking it easy and getting a well earned rest).

I know I can pick up a 50D body for £400-450 in good condition with an approx 10k or so shutter count, and if I am honest that is about as much as I want to spend. (also I have no interest in video footage - my G9 does that and I have never used it).

So, my question is simple, is the 50D a worthwhile purchase at that kind of money, or do you recommend a different course of action?

Thanks all,

Johnny

Is the 30d limitting you in some way? Are your lenses limitting you or do you just have the itch for something new?


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Jun 17, 2012 09:15 |  #3

my 30D is starting to get ropey, it's had a hard life but been a faithful companion. My lenses are fine, and my only gripe with the 30D is sometimes the AF seems a little "slow". Image wise it is adequate for local press and web of course. (Although the increase in ability to crop the 50D offers is attractive).
I did look at picking up another 30D as it has done me fine, but thought maybe I had best look at something a little younger...


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Jun 17, 2012 09:21 |  #4

JohnnyHormone wrote in post #14590712 (external link)
my 30D is starting to get ropey, it's had a hard life but been a faithful companion. My lenses are fine, and my only gripe with the 30D is sometimes the AF seems a little "slow". Image wise it is adequate for local press and web of course. (Although the increase in ability to crop the 50D offers is attractive).
I did look at picking up another 30D as it has done me fine, but thought maybe I had best look at something a little younger...

I have had my 50d for a bit and the only thing i would like to change would be better high ISO performance. If that is not a big concern and you can find a good deal,you won't be disappointed.


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Jun 17, 2012 09:30 |  #5

High ISO isn't a problem for me, I seldom get above ISO 400 (800 on very overcast grey days - it is the UK after all) as all games tend to be daytime, and I picked up a flash for indoor use.


any other thoughts?


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Jun 17, 2012 10:11 as a reply to  @ JohnnyHormone's post |  #6

i would buy one in a second if it was a good deal



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Jun 17, 2012 10:16 |  #7

50D is a nice upgrade to 30D. I went that route some years ago.

The AF is nicely improved... all 9 points on 50D are cross-type. Only the center one is on 30D. So the peripheral points are a bit more usable.

Much higher resolution 15MP vs 8MP and 14bit vs 12bit, you have a lot more room to crop or data available for bigger prints, if you wish.

The focus screens are interchangeable in 50D, if you want one of the different ones that Canon has offered (I use grid screens in mine).

50D has self-cleaning sensor.... that works and helps a lot, especially if you often work in dusty situations.

50D has Micro Adjust Focus, you can dial in the focus on your lenses if you want.

I'd only reluctantly use my 30Ds at ISO 1600... I knew it usually meant more work in post processing. No problem or concerns about using 1600 on 50Ds. You may feel differently, it's a bit subjective, how high an ISO each of us will use. But basically 50D is good about one stop higher iSO than 30D. (I've since updated to a couple 7Ds, and feel they are good for still another stop high ISO without much concern... 3200 in my case.)

Don't know what you have now, but you might want faster and bigger memory cards with 50D... I used a bunch of 8GB and 16GB, minimum of 300X or 45MB/s, UDMA enabled cards with mine.

Yet, the transition from 30D to 50D is relatively painless. The 50D will feel quite familiar.


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Jun 17, 2012 10:28 |  #8

thanks for that, there is one locally going for £450, so might take the plunge, will recoup a bit from my 400D and also a Fuji bridge that is no longer used, so in real terms it isnt going to cost a great deal :)

There is a 30D in a shop near by, but as I say, think a younger model might be wiser.

thanks for all your input.


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Jun 17, 2012 10:30 |  #9

I thought on going 50d from my 30d. I went up to the 60d instead.
I'm glad I did, the 60d is just wonderful, but I'm sure the 50d will be a nice upgrade too.


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Jun 17, 2012 13:29 |  #10

I think were I going to bust the budget and look towards a 60D I would go all the way to the 7D, but unless I am about to find a spare pile of cash I think the 50D will be about it...


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Jun 17, 2012 14:06 |  #11

And if you find yourself outside shooting and the weather turns a tad wet, you'll be glad you have the weather sealed 50D as opposed to the 60D (actually an upgrade to the Rebel line)! Good shooting!




  
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Jun 17, 2012 14:13 |  #12

yep, might save me wrapping a bin bag around it quite so often :)


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Jun 17, 2012 14:26 |  #13

I went from a 30d to a 50d a couple of years ago, and I feel I made a very good decision. Higher ISO, better autofocus, and more FPS. If you can get it for the price you want, then you should go for it. It helped my sports photography a lot, especially when it came to shooting night sports.


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Jun 17, 2012 14:40 |  #14

thanks for that, 50D it shall be... unless I fall over a bag of free money in the next week :)


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Jun 17, 2012 17:41 as a reply to  @ JohnnyHormone's post |  #15

RegBruce wrote in post #14591685 (external link)
And if you find yourself outside shooting and the weather turns a tad wet, you'll be glad you have the weather sealed 50D as opposed to the 60D (actually an upgrade to the Rebel line)! Good shooting!

actually the 60d has as much weather sealing as the 50d. its close to the 7d in sealing.

also, another good thing about the 50d for you is that the battery grip is the same so I think the batteries may be the same too!
get the 50d and have fun. it will be almost the same in button layout and feel but an upgrade in IQ, focus speed, frames/second, micro adjust, etc.


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