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40D to 5D Classic: is it worth it?

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Jun 28, 2012 00:07 |  #1

I can get a 5D (classic for a great deal (about $250 more than how much I am selling my 40D for).

My concerns are:

*The smaller LCD screen (2.5" compared to 3")

*Slower FPS in burst mode.

And a question:

Yes it has 12.8MP full-frame sensor compared to the 40D's 10.1MP crop sensor. The resolution would seem to actually be higher (relative to sensor size) on the 40D.

I really have out grown the 40D. I shoot in RAW exclusively (I am using L lenses that will transfer well to the 5D). I know the 40D inside and out. But (and this is a big "but"), I have no experience with any other body.

But I guess I am wondering if I would be better off with the 18MP 60 (I do enlarge a lot of my images). Would I be better off with a higher-resolution, faster-focusing crop sensor body, or a full-frame body that is beginning to show its age?

Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks so much.

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Jun 28, 2012 00:29 |  #2

like you said, you've outgrown the 40d. try something new. i've got the 5d and 40d here, 40d has been out once, my wife wanted to use it in Seattle.

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Jun 28, 2012 01:46 |  #3

When you say you've "outgrown" the 40D, what do you mean exactly?

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Jun 28, 2012 01:51 |  #4

I What lenses have you got?.
EF-S lenses don't fit a 5D.
Do you use live view on your 40D?
I ask that because I had a 5D and sold it due to lack of live view.
Personally if you want to go FF then I would save up and get a used 5dMk2 as the prices are dropping quite quickly

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Jun 28, 2012 03:13 |  #5

Have a think about the lenses you own and plan to own, and decide based on that.

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Jun 28, 2012 03:37 |  #6

I went from a 30D to a 5D and I have no regrets. Lack of live view in unfortunate but hasn't been a deal-breaker for me. The slower FPS is noticeable if you're shooting sports. Otherwise it's miles ahead. High ISO is on par with the 7d and the shallow dof you get with standard 2.8 zoom lenses (ie 24-70) is great.

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Jun 28, 2012 04:38 as a reply to  @ abjam77's post |  #7

When you say "outgrown" I don't know what you would gain by going to the 5D other than a marginally better sensor--In every other way the performance of your 40D is superior to the classic.

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Jun 28, 2012 04:49 |  #8

I have both the 40D and the 5d classic, 40D is much better for sports. 5d is nice for scenics, portraits and the like. I would keep both if you shoot any action photography at all.

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