So the GF and I got back from a cruise a week ago and I watched this guy walk in with what appeared to be a 40D on a bracket with a 580ex II and the omni-sphere diffuser. He was there to take pictures of his friend performing on stage and then proposing to his GF. All of a sudden he starts using the live view funtion more then the viewfinder and it boggled me. Why would he be using that to take pictures of people??? Couldn't figure it out!!! After the show I walked up to him and he told me he was testing the new 50D and yup, it sure was. The live view feature on it makes it like a point and shoot but burns up batteries he said. Better then the 40D is some aspects but nothing like the 5D in image quality (HIS OWN WORDS). At the time I didn't know alot about this camera so I didn't ask about the background sharpness and how it works. He did say it was a good camera and will make things eaiser for the average user.
Ill tell you what too, this doesn't have to do with the 50D but after this trip, I am SOOOO tempted to sell my 17-40 thanks to the 10-22... That lens is tack sharp. I dont think it focuses as fast as the 17-40 but the images are AMAZING! Maybe sell the 17-40, 50mm 1.2, and my 60mm macro to pick up a 85 1.2 as I used that to shoot a band recently and made ALOT of money off of them in sales. I did the shoot for free but told them I would be charging for photos and WOW, did I make out!!