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Sep 11, 2013 12:52 |  #1

I would ask, what Canon do you own, but I figured many folks have several! The reason I'm asking is that I own a 450D. What are the advantages of upgrading to a newer model? I'm not a professional. I use my camera mainly for product photography for my website, family pics, etc... Have there been overwhelming improvements since I purchased my XSi?


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Sep 11, 2013 13:04 |  #2

Over an XSi..yeah, there have been some improvements. Where do you feel your XSi is limiting your photography? Often that will lead you to the correct option (which can be "do nothing").

Currently I use my 70D. The 60D is sitting on a shelf waiting for me to decide when/how I am going to sell it. My S100 is also used quite often when either I have a long lens on my DSLR or for when I don't want the bulk of the kit.


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Sep 11, 2013 13:11 |  #3

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Over an XSi..yeah, there have been some improvements. Where do you feel your XSi is limiting your photography? Often that will lead you to the correct option (which can be "do nothing").

Currently I use my 70D. The 60D is sitting on a shelf waiting for me to decide when/how I am going to sell it. My S100 is also used quite often when either I have a long lens on my DSLR or for when I don't want the bulk of the kit.

I don't feel it is & I've never investigated newer models since my purchase, so I was wondering has there been a vast improvement in image quality? I'm also curious which one most members of this site are using these days?


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Sep 11, 2013 13:17 |  #4

None of the newer APS-C Canons are going to be a big improvement in image quality. Canon's sensor tech has been roughly the same for the past 5-6 years.

If you want a big step up in sensor performance, go full-frame or get a Nikon.

That said, for product photography in controlled lighting, the camera body honestly doesn't matter all that much. The lenses are much more important. Depending on what kind of product photography you do, it could be much more worthwhile to invest in a Tilt-Shift lens or lighting setup over a newer camera body.


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Sep 11, 2013 13:25 |  #5

996gt2 wrote in post #16288471 (external link)
None of the newer APS-C Canons are going to be a big improvement in image quality. Canon's sensor tech has been roughly the same for the past 5-6 years.

If you want a big step up in sensor performance, go full-frame or get a Nikon.

That said, for product photography in controlled lighting, the camera body honestly doesn't matter all that much. The lenses are much more important. Depending on what kind of product photography you do, it could be much more worthwhile to invest in a Tilt-Shift lens or lighting setup over a newer camera body.

So the newer models are just packed with more features, like video? And, yes, I totally agree with you about lenses!
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Sep 11, 2013 13:27 |  #6

I agree with 996gt2. There haven't been many big improvements since the XSi was released. If you like video, there have been many improvements, but for photography or general image quality, there hasn't been much of a change.


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Sep 11, 2013 13:46 |  #7

So packing in 8 more megapixels while still having "similar performance" is not an improvement? I guess it depends on your purpose. If you need or want to crop heavily it is a pretty big change. Also for jpegs the newer processors do a better job.


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Sep 11, 2013 13:48 as a reply to  @ Keyan's post |  #8

I have 3 5D3's.. Love them


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Sep 11, 2013 13:49 |  #9

996gt2 wrote in post #16288471 (external link)
If you want a big step up in sensor performance, go full-frame or get a Nikon.

Or a Sony, since Nikon just uses their sensors. I think there is one other that uses them too.


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Sep 11, 2013 13:56 |  #10

I personally use my 40D over my slightly newer 500D. I also will probably be selling my 500D for a 1D Mark II, that is an 8 megapixel body. Sometimes a downgrade can also be just as good, the 1D is better than the 15 megapixel 500D for what I shoot and I can pick one up for the same sort of price as my 500D will sell for so its basically just a swap.


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Sep 11, 2013 13:58 |  #11

I use the EM5 the most often.


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Sep 11, 2013 14:02 |  #12

996gt2 wrote in post #16288471 (external link)
None of the newer APS-C Canons are going to be a big improvement in image quality. Canon's sensor tech has been roughly the same for the past 5-6 years.

If you want a big step up in sensor performance, go full-frame or get a Nikon.

That said, for product photography in controlled lighting, the camera body honestly doesn't matter all that much. The lenses are much more important. Depending on what kind of product photography you do, it could be much more worthwhile to invest in a Tilt-Shift lens or lighting setup over a newer camera body.

That is simply too generic an answer, and I would like to make some observations.

Comparing the XSi to any of the newer crop bodies would show:

- AF is better and faster now (impacts IQ)

- Availability of micro focus adjustments (impacts IQ)

- Metering is new and improved and is a bit more accurate (impacts IQ)

- Burst and fps are pretty darn good at least on a couple of the newer bodies, so if you are looking for just that one shot amidst action, the XSI won't deliver as many keepers (relates to IQ, or at least to the extent of keeper rate)

- A ton of other new and improved features that could really enhance the photographic experience, and if a photographer is confident of his equipment, and his equipment gives him more tools to be more creative, then that is good (relates to IQ, or at least to the extent of keeper rate)

- Optical wireless flash control, and as we know, light is everything in photography, so better placement of flash controlled by the camera at no extra expense in attachments is a good thing (impacts IQ)

- Ergonomics like size of body, changes in button placement, touch screens, tilt screens, etc could enhance the shooting experience as well.

- More resolution allows flexibility in processing.

- Better in camera JPG engine, so perhaps less time during post processing

So are any of these big improvements in sensor tech? Nope, but the entire combined package, depending on what model you look at in today's crop landscape, is a big improvement overall.

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Sep 11, 2013 14:19 |  #13

Do the amount of megapixels matter or are they more for the printed quality of a pic?


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Sep 11, 2013 14:22 |  #14

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Do the amount of megapixels matter or are they more for the printed quality of a pic?

It allows more cropping and still provide enough digital data for a print without digitally resizing back up. If you take an 18mpx high ISO shot and resize it down, the noise will be reduced, and the final product is easier to post process for small to mid-sized prints as compared to the XSI at the same ISO level. Finally, having a high resolution image, I have found that sometimes I end up having 2 or 3 sub-pictures inside that image, and even after cropping those out, I have enough to print.

That all being said, I wouldn't necessarily make that the crucial point for a decision, the other differences most likely would provide larger incentives for upgrading, it just depends on what you find lacking with the XSi today. If you do just web images and small prints (4x6 through 8x10s maybe), then resolution isn't something that should be in your top-5 list, for example.


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Sep 11, 2013 14:32 |  #15

Technically I guess I use my 1DIV the most because it's my primary action/wildlife body so it tends to get more shutter actions. On the other hand my 5DIII gets used for pretty much everything else and at times for the same things as the 1DIV when the extra speed/reach isn't needed(most often this would be while have 2 bodies-long lens on 1DIV and shorter lens 5DIII). My 40D gets very little use since it doesn't offer anything over my other bodies, I only keep because it's the only body I currently have an underwater housing for plus it not worth much on the used market. I'll likely try to sell the 40D as a complete underwater package deal since I'm switching housing brands and will need ports, if it doesn't go that way I'll convert it to IR.

As for your XSi. For product photos I also don't see much improvement in upgrading to a newer body aside from more MP might be useful if you wanted to use the images for other things other than just web. For family pictures, etc. some of the newer features could come in handy as well as the improvements in AF and ISO.

Any modern DSLR is capable of capturing great images(many of my best were shot with my old 300D). However all the newer bells and whistles can help make it easier and/or improve keeper rate.




  
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