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Mar 18, 2013 14:35 |  #16

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40D has liveview and a much improved AF system, so that would get my vote unless you really need the extra $50 to get the lens you want.

I can't think of any good "general purpose" lenses I'd recommend in the $200-300 range, so I'd suggest two lenses - the 18-55 IS and the 55-250 IS. Both are very sharp for the money and have good AF and good image stabilizers. They also focus very close for near-macro type shots. If you can swing another $100 or so, a 50mm f1.8 would be a nice portrait lens.

Honestly the 18-55, 55-250 and 50mm f1.8 lens may be all a hobby/amateur ever needs. It's a very versatile kit.

Battery grips and other optional accessories can wait until you have a basic lens kit covered.

This is good advice.


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Mar 18, 2013 14:46 |  #17

5D + EE-S screen and vintage glass. Doo eet ;)


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Mar 18, 2013 15:22 |  #18

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I'll probably be doing mostly still photos such as portraits, scenery, wildlife. ...

Apart from wild life, the 5d >> 40d > 30d for pretty photos. High ISO with the 5d is still very good.

I don't know if the 40d's AF is all X-type or not. Don't remember. If it is, then it will have an edge on fast movers using the outer points. But if you are a center point photographer, then it wouldn't matter. In fact the 5d's center point AI Servo is pretty good.

While you do seem to get less for the money with a 5dc, you are most definitely getting alot from it's big fat sensor.


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Mar 19, 2013 12:35 |  #19

50D has micro adjust, can adjust exII flashes from the menu, better back screen than the 40D. All cross type AF points. You can usually find them with very low shutter counts on Ebay.

40D was THE portrait camera back in its day. 50D was underated, and just as good or better camera, but the 7D came along and took all the thunder at the time.

the EF 28-135mm is a great all purpose lens, in that $350 range and you can save up for better glass.

I bought my 50D on the downside when they discontinued them. Saved money, and have taken boatloads of pictures and learned with the camera. I'm ready to step up to a FF when I have the money, but I know I want a 5D3.. and also know that while image quality will improve it is my lighting/composition skills that really make or break the picture, not if it is crop or FF.


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Mar 19, 2013 15:45 |  #20

Get a 5D, forego the grip, and just add the 28-135IS, or even the latest version of the 28-105mm f/3.5-4.5USM II.




  
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Mar 19, 2013 17:59 |  #21

Actually I would add one more body to the mix, the Canon 50D. This has been a workhorse from the day it came out. Rather than a full frame sensor camera I would stay with the crop. Why, because of the availability of the Canon EF- S lenses. Other third party lenses are also very cheap on the used market place. A Tamron 18-270mm lens can be had for less than $400 used. Sigma makes one also in about the same focal lenth. So, if you find a good 50D, coupled to a Tamron 18-270 you will have the same setup I used for a few years.


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Mar 19, 2013 18:07 |  #22

I used to have a 30D and liked it very much (bought it used after starting with an XSi). However, I consider the 40D a substantial upgrade and, given the prices you have quoted, would say it is worth the small difference in price. So, I would suggest the 40D at this point. I think you will really like it a lot.


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Mar 19, 2013 19:01 |  #23

Canon 5D all day unless you're shooting fast moving stuff. If that is the case, get the 40D. I have both, and if I had to choose one it'd be the 5D in a heartbeat.

5D (grip is not important) and 50mm 1.8 will make you happy. Or a 28-135 if you want something more all-purpose




  
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Mar 21, 2013 06:10 |  #24

I'm considering selling my 50D to upgrade to a 7D. I also have a 50 1.8 and 55-250 that don't get much use, so I could include those in a deal. PM me if you are interested. I'll make it a very fair deal.

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Mar 21, 2013 09:21 |  #25

The 40 D is a great deal nowadays, as is the 5D as well.

With your budget being quite strict, I would not count out a 20D. These can be had quite cheap, KEH has several from $100 to $139, and is a solid performer.
Not much difference between the 20D and the 30D.

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Mar 22, 2013 17:50 as a reply to  @ Jason C's post |  #26

Thanks to all who replied so far.

Just to update everyone on my decision...I almost pulled the trigger on a 40D with grip earlier in the week but decided to check what was in the "Sell" forum and came across a 5D with grip and decided to get that. Ultimately, I wanted to get a full frame camera. I'm just waiting for delivery in a week or two.

Unfortunately, I had to give up a bit of my lens budget to get the 5D. I picked up a nifty-fifty as my first lens and hopefully that will keep me occupied for a while.

I'll re-read this thread again, but what would be good all around lens for 5D that I can save up for?

Thanks again for all the advice provided.


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Mar 22, 2013 17:59 |  #27

The only problem with "cheap" 5D is its really a bait for expensive L glasses or MK2/MK3 . More often than not, we fall into the bait.


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Mar 22, 2013 18:05 |  #28

wongkw wrote in post #15744582 (external link)
Thanks to all who replied so far.

Just to update everyone on my decision...I almost pulled the trigger on a 40D with grip earlier in the week but decided to check what was in the "Sell" forum and came across a 5D with grip and decided to get that. Ultimately, I wanted to get a full frame camera. I'm just waiting for delivery in a week or two.

Unfortunately, I had to give up a bit of my lens budget to get the 5D. I picked up a nifty-fifty as my first lens and hopefully that will keep me occupied for a while.

I'll re-read this thread again, but what would be good all around lens for 5D that I can save up for?

Thanks again for all the advice provided.

Congratulations! It depends on what you're into shooting... if it were me I'd get the 35/2, it's cheap and has great IQ (got mine for $200) or a 40/2.8 if you can't find a 35/2. Then I'd look into the Samyang 85/1.4 (will probably be my next lens) as long as you don't mind manual lenses, they cost $300 and if you browse the sample thread in the archive you'll see why it's worth it. Then I'd look into some vintage primes, you can get a lot of glass for little coin these days ;)


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Mar 22, 2013 18:23 |  #29

If they give you a good price for one used, Sell the grip,. it serves no advantage to you at this budget.


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Mar 22, 2013 18:30 |  #30

CyberDyneSystems wrote in post #15744697 (external link)
If they give you a good price for one used, Sell the grip,. it serves no advantage to you at this budget.

A good idea ;) I've never understood why everyone goes nuts over grips, even fellow 6D owners have this urge to "grip" their cameras... part of why I love the 6D is because it's smaller, to me it just seems easier to carry a few spare batteries with you.

Also, I love your username, the first two movies of that series are probably my favorite movies ever :cool:


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