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Downgrade from 7D to 50D?

 
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Jan 10, 2013 18:21 |  #1

I thought about downgrading my 7D to a 50D recently. I am still evaluating the possibility and want to listen how you guys think about it. Many of you should have or had both cameras. Your suggestions are very valuable to me.

My biggest interest is bird, especially flying birds. I used to use 7D on this but later get a 1DIII. I find 1DIII to be a much better camera for flying birds and fit my 100-400 pretty well. I like 1D so much that I sold the 5D and plan to use the 1D for BIF/night/portrait and anything that fit. Now I only use 7D for some still pictures when reach is a problem. I also took it with me everyday and shoot randomly. I think for this purpose 50D may also fit.

My biggest concern on 50D is the high ISO noise. I heard a lot about the banding noise when you bump iso. When I shoot I find ISO1600 to be quite usual, sometimes I use 3200, but don't use 6400 very much. I don't know how good ISO performance can 50D be. And the AF system, how is the center focus point behaves, compare to 7D?

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Jan 10, 2013 18:32 |  #2

I shot with a 50D along side a 1D3 for several years and found the 50D held its own quite well. I shoot a lot of indoor sports and ISO 3200 was common. You should be able to make the swap and put about $450 in your pocket.


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Jan 10, 2013 18:39 |  #3

When I had the 50D I hated going over ISO 1600. It was just too noisy for my liking. Well now, compared to the 5D2 I would really find it lacking. Why not sell both 7D and 1000D and get a used 5D2, they can be had very cheap now. I wouldn't trade a 7D for a 50D just to save some money. Thats just me though.


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Jan 10, 2013 18:39 as a reply to  @ convergent's post |  #4

I used a 50D for about three years and it was a very good camera. I currently have a 7D that I hardly ever use. That said, I can't see any good reason to downgrade other than trying to generate a few bucks.

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Jan 10, 2013 18:55 |  #5

Thanks for the advice. convergent and Bob, your experience with 50D is encouraging. Bob, I tried 5D and don't like the view angle that much, at least not good for birding with my current lens. I need a supertelephoto... As for the 1000D, I am converting it for astrophoto.


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Jan 10, 2013 19:54 as a reply to  @ skycolt's post |  #6

40D and 50D do have banding above ISO 1600. When I bought 7D, I was happy that the banding now was gone. I don´t even get banding at ISO 12800 with my 7D.


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Jan 10, 2013 20:19 |  #7

Errr... Is the banding annoying? Can you fix it by overexposing or post processing?


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Jan 11, 2013 05:28 |  #8

If reach is an issue and you might sometimes use the 7d for birding over the 1d, I would suggest you keep the 7d over the 50d. The 50d isn't bad AF wise, but the 7d is better.


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Jan 11, 2013 06:45 |  #9

skycolt wrote in post #15472924 (external link)
Errr... Is the banding annoying? Can you fix it by overexposing or post processing?

I never had a banding issue shooting often at 3200. It may be dependent on what you are shooting.

For those saying there is no reason to downgrade because the 7D is better... of course it is! But you could say the same thing about the 1D4 vs 1D3.... and 1DX vs 1D4. It's all a matter of budget vs function. DSLR bodies also drop in value quite a bit so sitting on one you don't need is costing a lot more than doing the same with a lens.

Also consider the 7D will likely take a big value hit when the 7D2 is released, depending on where Canon prices it. The 50D I think is more depreciated already. It's the last body Canon made in that series in my opinion because after the 50D they split the line and created the 60D as smaller and more rebel like, and the 7D that was more robust and more pro oriented. That leaves the 50D in between.

If you don't need to get some cash out of your kit, then keep the 7D... But if you do, the 50D is a decent partner for the 1D3. You could always pick one up and try it first... and just flip it if you don't like it.


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Jan 11, 2013 11:07 |  #10

I've had both the 7D and 50D and it's not worth going backwards. If you want a change sell both and get the 5D mkiii and do an upgrade.




  
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Jan 11, 2013 12:57 |  #11

Thanks everyone. Decide to sell and wait for either a supertele or 1DIV or the new 7DII


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