TheHoff wrote in post #7438440* Stop worrying about noise
. No one sees it except for you unless you're carrying around a 24" monitor to view 100% crops. Noise from most bodies up to 1600 and even 3200 looks fine once it is printed.
Larry Weinman wrote in post #7439520
I have a 40D and 50D. I think this noise thing is a bunch of people trying to convince themselves that the 40D was the right purchase. I don't have any more of a noise problem on my 50D then I do on my 40D
I agree with this 110%. I had a 40D, then replaced it with a 50D. I had a 5D and replaced that with a 5D MKII. The 50D is one fine camera. The prints I've had made thus far at ISO 1600 and 3200 look outstanding. Is it in the same league (noise wise) as my 5D MKII. Absolutely not. But guess what, neither was my 40D. The noise difference between the two (40D & 50D) is insignificant, overall, when compared to the differences in the complete camera package. I love the 50D and the features it provides. If I had to do it all over again, I most certainly would sell the 40D and buy the 50D.
At the end of the day, I think we (being members of this site) can't see the forest for the trees. Film cameras were measured by the prints they produced. Digital camera's aren't subjected to the same criteria. Instead they are subjected to super magnified 200% cropped views, and judged by pixel level performance. It doesn't matter if the image makes a beautiful 8x10, or 11x14 print, all the matters is what shows up on the screen. This is despite the fact that most images are either printed, or scaled down for viewing on photo sharing sites. So we subject our DSLR images to criteria that ultimately doesn't matter when the image is either printed or resized for web viewing.