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Thread started 23 Feb 2009 (Monday) 09:57
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The 40D and 50D Debate

 
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Feb 23, 2009 09:57 |  #1

I know this is a variation on a theme that has got a lot fo coverage but every time I check the threads they seem to be focused on the upgrade issue between these two. I am coming from a slightly different perspective I think. I presently have a 1D Mk IIN and a 10D. As you can imagine, the 10D is the second body. However, its limitations are a little obvious when shooting with the 1D most fo the time. Therefore, i am looking at replacing it as the seocnd body. The 40D and the 50D are the two options under consideration just now.

Issues I see are price differential, storage requirements for large file sizes, image quality and noise performance. Not bothered about how wonderful the new display is on the 50D to be honest. Given the requirement driving this body, which would you choose. Please don't tell me you love one or the other because you have it and you want to feel justified. This isn't a beauty contest. I am looking for some reasoned recommendations based on what I need it for.

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Feb 24, 2009 13:56 |  #2

I can't really give a good opinion because I only have a 50D but something to get more responses seeing how you posted this a day ago, is to tell what kind of shooting you do. I know most people will tell you to get the 40D but I got the 50D for more megapixel because I shoot sports and can always need a slightly tighter crop on my photos.


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Feb 24, 2009 14:00 |  #3

I spent about 400 hours looking at the differences between the two, and it really came down to the fact that the 50D is newer, and has more bells and whistles. I am really glad I chose the 50D.


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Feb 24, 2009 14:01 |  #4

When debating this myself I asked someone who had both. They said for the cost different (about $600 give or take) the 40D is a better deal. If you want a 50D, wait about a year or so for people who bought one thinking it would be fun to realize they don't use it enough and sell it off for cheap. Or until they need to start getting refurbished and get yourself a refurbished one.

ETA- I do think the 50D is better. Just not $600 better.


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Feb 24, 2009 14:04 |  #5

Well, interesting results so far. A lot fo my shooting is aviation where a bit of cropping can help in answer to grphx's question. So far the results are pretty much 50:50. Guess this is a topic that splits everyone down the middle.

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Feb 24, 2009 14:57 |  #6

Here's how I see it.

You don't seem to be the type that changes camera bodies every generation nor feel the need to "upgrade" when the latest and greatest comes out. So I think is relatively safe to assume that whatever camera body you pick up in the near future, you'll likely keep and continue to use for quite some time (2-3+ years).

If that's true, then get yourself a 50D. Sure, you pay a little bit more, but you do get the latest LCD (which will probably be used for the next 2 generations of camera to come). You'll also have microadjust (probably won't use it much or often, but it'll be there when needed). And you'll have more mp to crop from if/when you need to crop. Noise can be PP'd out rather nicely so that shouldn't be a concern, thus it just comes down to cost.

If I was coming from a 10D, I would grab the 50D over the 40D, considering how much more you're getting comparing the 2 bodies (10D vs. 50D). Don't get me wrong, I love my 40D and I think you'll do just fine if you decide to settle with the 40D.

That's just my opinion.


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Feb 24, 2009 15:02 |  #7

BoySpot wrote in post #7387275 (external link)
Issues I see are price differential

Forget all the other differences and buy on budget alone. If the money is not a problem, buy the 50D. If the extra cash IS a problem, buy the 40D. Both are excellent cameras and either will serve you very well.

As you already have a MK2N like me, i can honestly say that should my 1-Series suddenly explode, i could easily live with a pair of 50Ds and hardly notice the difference.


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Feb 24, 2009 15:28 |  #8

I'm sorry... but I read your post 3 times and I can't figure out what your needs are. I cannot answer your question directly.

If cost is at all a concern, then purchase the 40D. If it isn't, then purchase the 50D - there are enough improvements, in my opinion, to justify the price difference... EXCEPT, wait for rebates or buy used.

Otherwise, both bodies are very good. The 50D is definitely a worthwhile upgrade from a 10D, but it's only arguably a worthwhile upgrade from a 40D.

Tell us your needs and then I'll vote.


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Feb 24, 2009 15:50 |  #9

Other than being able to adjust the micro focus adjustments for lenses on the 50D, I haven't found enough performance differences between the 40D and the 50D. But given the fact your going to buy a new camera, I would probably go for the latest version rather than last years model, unless you can get a really great deal on the 40D.

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Feb 24, 2009 15:57 as a reply to  @ Evan Idler's post |  #10

Went from 40D to 50D and never looked back. ymmv?


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Feb 24, 2009 16:11 |  #11

I have no opinion on the 40d because I have never had one in my hands. I am sure they are very good camera's. The 50d has one option that I think is a must and that is the micro adjustment feature. I have played with it and the results are worth having.




  
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Feb 24, 2009 16:21 as a reply to  @ Peter Camyre's post |  #12

Interesting--a dead heat at this point.

I tested one of the first production 50D's at my B&M--so YMMV with the firmware update--and my main concern was with high ISO.

The noise was worse in the 50D comparing frame to frame with my my 40D's--but I shoot tight with minimal cropping so the 15 mp was irrelevant.

Image quality--no difference IMHO--pixel quality vs quantity.

AF--50D slightly faster--and the micro adjustment is a nice feature if you shoot primes.

Better camera---50D

Better value---40D--for me it was not worth the extra$$ for about the same results--perhaps the 60D? ;)


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Feb 24, 2009 17:03 |  #13

dave kadolph wrote in post #7398158 (external link)
perhaps the 60D?

Right. Canon's going to add more megapixels to the crop sensor... just you watch.


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Feb 24, 2009 17:13 |  #14

I own a 40D and recently decided to upgrade. When looking at the 50D there just wasn't enough of an improvement to justify the expenditure. I ended up purchasing a 5d mk2. Now there's a worthy upgrade!




  
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Feb 24, 2009 17:23 |  #15

Reign wrote in post #7398533 (external link)
Right. Canon's going to add more megapixels to the crop sensor... just you watch.

Marketing to the uninformed masses :rolleyes:


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