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| p.1 #1 · T4i or 5D for 15 yr. old |
My 15 yr. old son is taking a photography class and is using my old Minolta film camera. I shoot with a Canon T4i and have had various Canon crop cameras over the years but I never had a full frame digital. He understands the difference of the field of view between his film Minolta and my crop and wants to get a digital camera when his class ends.
He asked me which would be better, a used 5D for about $500 or a T4i for about the same money. He would share my lenses and I have some EF lenses so that's not a factor. He does not care about video. I told him the T4i has modern auto focus system, which I am guessing is much better than the 5D, I can shoot available light indoors, which I would imagine the 5D isn't as good as, and it has auto ISO.
He mostly shoots with a 50mm lens, though he also has a 28mm and a 200 mm lens.He enjoys sitting at the computer so I'm sure he would be shooting raw. For his type of shooting which is walking around town taking photos, would a 5D be a good choice, or would he be better off with a new crop camera.
As far as continuing with his Minolta, he uses a dark room in class, and does not pay for film. I'm not going to spend money buying and developing film for him.
For what it's worth I have always thought about full frame, but have never made the jump because I have felt that for my photography which is mostly taking photos of my family, friends, family outings and vacations, my Rebel type cameras work really well.