Thinking of upgrading

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Thinking of upgrading

I have been thinking of upgrading from my Xsi to a 50d. If any of you have done this upgrade, were you satisfied? Was it worth it?

I have the money to spend on it. DH and I are savers (without any debt but the house) so that isn't really the issue. But I tend to want to spend money wisely. However, this photography stuff has thrown me for a loop. Normally I wouldn't even consider spending the money! But I really want to upgrade. Man, this is an expensive hobby!

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I have the 40D and I love it. I have heard though, that the 40D is better than the 50D..... I don't know where I heard that.

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So to add a little about why I want the upgrade so you all can give me advice...

I take pictures of the kids everyday which I then upload to a private blog for our family and friends who all live far away. I just printed out the first year of this blog and it had 1900 pictures. Many of those pictures are around our house. I can't take pictures around our house without a flash many times because my iso only goes to 1600 (on the rare occasions that I can use 1600 it looks super grainy) and I hate those pics. I know they are just snapshots and I shouldn't care but I really like have nice good quality snapshots of everyday of the kids' lives. Seems really silly doesn't it?

And I could use a speed light but that really isn't practical all the time.

DH says to upgrade to whatever will satisfy me. So if it isn't for business, is it silly to upgrade? Because the real reason I want it is for our family stuff.

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I upgraded from an XT to a 40D awhile back. The ISO on the 40D also goes up to 1600, but the noise is a bit better. But getting a noise software will help remove those grainy pictures.

If you feel limited with the equipment you have now, I'd agree and say to go ahead and upgrade.

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I just went to the 40D from an xti and noise-wise, it's a lot better. Still grainy at 1600, but a major improvement from my xti. I had grain at 400 with that camera. It handles lower light a lot better that's for sure.

I was back and forth between the 40 & the 50 and what helped me decide was reading reviews until my eyes hurt, and talked to people at a local camera store. The 40D was recommended to me over the 50 by them, which suprised me b/c of the price difference (I thought they'd try to sell me the more expensive of the two). I ended up going with the 40 b/c the two are just so similar so I thought I'd save the money by getting that one for good quality lenses. Plus, I figured there was a good reason it was so popular. Wink

It's a tough decision! I seriously googled everything I could find b/c I didn't want to regret my decision. I'm very, very happy with this camera and would totally recommend it.

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I have been lurking for a long time, but wanted to post as I made the upgrade from a xti to a 50d around a month ago. I LOVE it, but don't really use it at 1600-3200ISO. Overall though it is awesome, and worth the $1200.

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The 40d can actually go up to 3200. You have to go into the menu and change the settings so it is set to High Iso. I don't know why it's a special setting, but I now use 3200 in the house sometimes. IMO, there is still grain at 800 or so. I don't have noiseware, but use the noise reduction sliders in LR. If you are doing this mostly for family photos and don't think you want to start a business any time soon, than I'd get either the 40 or 50d. I don't know if the 50d is better with noise, but if it is, than I'd get it instead of the 40d. Just for that reason alone. But if the noise is the same, than I'd get the 40D.

I got my 40d refurbished from Adorama for $699. It's had no problems and looks and works like it's brand new. I did get a demo lens from them recently though and it didn't work, and had to send it back. There are some good deals out there for the 40D if you want to save some money and get some new lenses in the future.

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Just a thought, rumors say a 60d is coming out that is suppose to have better ISO capabilities than both the 40d and 50d (read at canonrumors dot com). If you can wait till fall which is the possible release date, I would. Plus the 50d will drop in price at that point anyway, you might have to be pretty quick at that point to decide because the 50d was less produced than the 40d making it possibly harder to find. JM2C.

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After doing a bit of research I don't think that the 50d is what I want. The iso capabilities and noise just don't seem like a big enough improvement. I don't want to spend 1200 and end up wanting a 5d anyway. That seems like a big waste especially since we have the money for a 5d mark ii as well but I just have a hard time spending that much for a camera for the family. I have a friend that has one. He said that I could try it out and see if I liked it well enough to spend $2700. We'll see. I really wish I could find a used 5d. That would be just perfect!

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DUDE! You have the money for the 5D Mark II and you haven't bought it?!? That shows amazing restraint. I can't tell you how much I love my camera and what a huge difference it made in my shooting. Really.

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"AmberBella" wrote:

DUDE! You have the money for the 5D Mark II and you haven't bought it?!? That shows amazing restraint. I can't tell you how much I love my camera and what a huge difference it made in my shooting. Really.

Could you maybe just explain those difference for those of us on the fence. TIA!~

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"AmberBella" wrote:

DUDE! You have the money for the 5D Mark II and you haven't bought it?!? That shows amazing restraint. I can't tell you how much I love my camera and what a huge difference it made in my shooting. Really.

I know, right! But seriously, you are a great photographer and already in business! I would be getting it as a hobbyist.

Dh says to go for it because, well, the money is there and he knows that photography is my great escape. It is the one way that can I feel intellectually engaged while still being attentive to the kids! I sometimes feel like my brain is turning to jello staying home with the kids (though I love them a lot.) Smile He probably figures that it would be cheaper than therapy in the long run (j/k)!

So we will see. I think they are on back-order everywhere right now anyway.