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Micjamms
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Apr 20, 2009 03:02 |  #1

I recently got rid of my Rebel XTi and am looking to upgrade. (maybe the 40D or 50D)
I'm shooting models on location....

My budget: $1400. I already have the following lenses: Canon EF 28-105mm Ultrasonic, Canon EF 50mm and Quantaray 70-300mm LD....
I've heard I need to invest in high end lenses if I buy the 50D. Would I be better off buying the 40D with current lenses + adding better lenses or go for the 50D??

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Apr 20, 2009 03:10 |  #2

I would recommend a used 40D + investment in L glass. For your shooting requirement, 135/F2 L and 85/1.8 will be appropriate. Again used ones should fall within your budget.


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Apr 20, 2009 06:34 |  #3

+1 for 40d + glass.


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Apr 20, 2009 08:22 as a reply to  @ motoroller's post |  #4

I agree. Glass will pay off better than the upgraded body for these needs.




  
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Apr 20, 2009 08:25 |  #5

You could always get a 60d / 5dII down the line...


Current: 5d III | 1Ds3 | 5d II gripped | 40d | 17-40L | 24-105L | 50mm f/1.4 | 100 f/2 | 70-200L f/2.8 | 430EX |
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Jared ­ Byer
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Apr 20, 2009 10:15 |  #6

I love my 50D (such a wonderful upgrade from the Rebel XT). I imagine the 40D handles very much like the 50D. So I agree with the good glass.


My Walk around kit: EOS 50D, Tamron 17-50 F2.8 & Canon 75-300 F4.5-5.6

  
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Apr 20, 2009 10:17 |  #7

How about a used 5D + 85mm f/1.8? That should cost you around $1,400-1,500.


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Apr 20, 2009 10:24 |  #8

40D and better glass.




  
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Apr 20, 2009 10:47 |  #9

1D Mk II




  
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Apr 20, 2009 10:52 |  #10

psinkant wrote in post #7767237 (external link)
How about a used 5D + 85mm f/1.8? That should cost you around $1,400-1,500.

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Apr 20, 2009 10:54 |  #11

if you're interested in seeing more:
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Apr 20, 2009 10:54 |  #12

I'm going to go against the flow a bit. Selling the XTi and picking up the 40D makes no sense. The two bodies are way to close in capability. The sensors are identical, the feature set is almost identical, about all you get is an improvement in ergonomics, a larger viewfinder, and a few more frames per sec. But where it counts, int image, it will be exactly the same thing.

I would go for the 50D. It is quite an improvement over the 40D in operability and image quality. It is the body the 40D should have been. Significantly better than the XTi all around. But one feature alone makes it worthwhile, micro focus. The ability to fine tune your lenses to get the most from them is a very important feature.


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Apr 20, 2009 11:00 |  #13

gjl711 wrote in post #7767396 (external link)
I'm going to go against the flow a bit. Selling the XTi and picking up the 40D makes no sense. The two bodies are way to close in capability. The sensors are identical, the feature set is almost identical, about all you get is an improvement in ergonomics, a larger viewfinder, and a few more frames per sec. But where it counts, int image, it will be exactly the same thing.

I would go for the 50D. It is quite an improvement over the 40D in operability and image quality. It is the body the 40D should have been. Significantly better than the XTi all around. But one feature alone makes it worthwhile, micro focus. The ability to fine tune your lenses to get the most from them is a very important feature.

this is just my opinion, but your suggestion of the 50D over the 40D is another minute improvement, and not that great an improvement over the 40D (says this 40D owner ;) )

my reasoning? 15mp pushes lenses way too hard and the high ISO of the 50D is no better if not worse than the 40D. if you want a noticeable improvement, and esp for portraits, get a used 5D. same price as a 50D, but its images are seriously on another level. i try not to overhype things, but my goodness i saw the pics from the 5D after shooting the 40D and i was amazed. and this is from the 4000+ pics i took from a weekend of borrowing the camera. also going from xti to 5D...the viewfinder is noticeably bigger and a joy to use. i went from xti to 40D to 5Dmk2 and the viewfinder improvement each time is nice. might as well make the whole jump!


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Apr 20, 2009 11:05 |  #14

and yea i'm a 85/1.8 fanatic. best bang for the buck out of any lens i have currently. beats both of my L zooms in image quality, and gets strapped on the camera for portraits more than the 70-200/2.8L IS. this is just my shooting style, ymmv


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Apr 20, 2009 11:25 |  #15

I have a 40D and while I love it, I wish it had the micro focus adjustment capability that the 50D comes with. I do believe it's great to invest in galss, but boy do I wish I could dial in my lenses.


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