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How is the ISO on T1i versus the 50d?

 
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Apr 24, 2010 20:44 |  #1

I currently have a 20D that I'm looking to use as a second camera. My primary will most likely be a 50D or a T1i. I love the features of the 50D, primarily because I will need an ISO that produces quality photographs way beyond the 20Ds 1600. However, the HD feature of the T1i would be nice and this camera is better priced for me. My question is, how is the quality of T1i's high ISO? For a semi-professional, would anything in the Rebel line be suitable for studio, event, and fine art photography?


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Apr 24, 2010 20:48 |  #2

I have used the T1i since it first came out, and think it's a great camera, but was never impressed with it's high ISOs. I would suggest getting the 50 and a video cam.


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Apr 24, 2010 20:54 as a reply to  @ willjameson's post |  #3

That was my assumption but wanted to get a review from someone who is more familiar with the Rebel first hand. Thanks for the reply!


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Apr 24, 2010 20:55 as a reply to  @ willjameson's post |  #4

As far as I know the 50D slightly out performs the T1i in ISO because of its gapless microlens technology. The HD video on the T1i is pretty crap, full auto with no manual adjustments.

If your looking for good high ISO and are interested in video i'd recommend you look at the T2i or 7D.


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Apr 24, 2010 22:52 as a reply to  @ Supra_t's post |  #5

lol @Supra

Yes, the 7D would be my choice, but I bit more than what I want to pay right now. The HD feature would be a great addition but low noise, high ISO is paramount for me (like the 50D).

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Apr 24, 2010 23:25 as a reply to  @ introvert images's post |  #6

If you are not opposed to a Rebel why not the T2i?


  
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Apr 24, 2010 23:45 as a reply to  @ mpix345's post |  #7

Well, I haven't really researched that one. How are the image quality at a high ISO?


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Apr 24, 2010 23:50 |  #8

introvert images wrote in post #10060190 (external link)
Well, I haven't really researched that one. How are the image quality at a high ISO?

Its supposed to be basically the same as 7D which is excellent, the 550D/T2i is basically a 7D in a smaller package probably minus a few features. If you don't mind the smaller sized body then the T2i is definately one to look at.


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Apr 25, 2010 00:19 |  #9

introvert images wrote in post #10059343 (external link)
I currently have a 20D that I'm looking to use as a second camera. My primary will most likely be a 50D or a T1i. I love the features of the 50D, primarily because I will need an ISO that produces quality photographs way beyond the 20Ds 1600. However, the HD feature of the T1i would be nice and this camera is better priced for me. My question is, how is the quality of T1i's high ISO? For a semi-professional, would anything in the Rebel line be suitable for studio, event, and fine art photography?

I think the T1i is about equal with the 50D as far as ISO (I have a 50D). There may be a slight difference. I try to stay away from 3200 ISO, although I admit they are printable at 4x6 and still look fine to me. One of my favorite pictures was accidentally taken at ISO 3200 (didn't change settings).

The Rebels take great pictures, the xxD bodies are just beefier and a little easier to use.




  
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Apr 25, 2010 00:41 as a reply to  @ itzcryptic's post |  #10

You can compare ISO performance here.
Just select the bodies and have a look at the images taken at different iso's
Pays to enlarge the photo's by clicking and clicking again for full size.

http://www.imaging-resource.com/IMCOMP/CO​MPS01.HTM (external link)

at iso's 3200- 12800 the 550D (T2i) looks better than the 50d, if the images don't lie.


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Apr 25, 2010 05:08 |  #11

LANNES,

thanks for the link. Nice way to compare ISO performance. I think I need to replace my T1i


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Apr 25, 2010 05:29 |  #12

the ISO performance on the t1i is close enough to the 50d as to be almost impossible to tell the difference, even at 100% crop. There are many reasons to go from a t1i to a 50d, but ISO performance is not one of them. better autofocus system, better body, etc etc, but not ISO performance.

If you want better ISO performance you're going to have to go to a 7d or a camera with a bigger sensor.


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Apr 25, 2010 12:02 as a reply to  @ spiralspirit's post |  #13

Thanks for the link @Lannes! This is very useful information.


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Apr 25, 2010 13:56 |  #14

the T1i is very capable of good video, but it is quirky, you need a good movie tripod, and a quiet lens with manual focus and you need to be careful not to move anywhere close to the microphone. again, quirky, but the results you get are astounding.

http://www.youtube.com​/watch?v=Wyqq3diZlgY (external link) this scene of Romeo And Juliet was filmed in its entirety on my t1i with a professional Bogen tripod with a very good panning movie head.

As far as ISO goes, I know i'm impressed with the T1i's capabilities, I can go up to 6400 and know i will get a usable shot. This is really important to me.

If i had to choose which camera i'd buy again.... 50D, without a doubt, better ergonomics, better control system, better autofocus, quicker fps, microadjust. I do occasionally use the video and for this project the t1i truly set my group apart from the others because of image quality, and I would miss the video, but yah i'd probably go 50D if i were to buy now


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Apr 25, 2010 14:30 |  #15

I like my T1i. I was upset when they came out with the T2i, but I'll get a big boy camera in a year or two.

Unfortunately, this shot was with the 18-55 kit lens, which is why ISO was cranked up.

Exposure: 1/60
Aperture: f/5.0
Focal Length: 42 mm
ISO Speed: 3200
Exposure Bias: +2 EV

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