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Canon EOS 50D

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Review Date: Oct 22, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Great AF response with my 70-200 2.8L IS, High ISO quite usable to 6400. Fantastic LCD.
Cons:
ISO 12800 not of much use, but it's nice that it is there for have-to-have shots. Not sure it was worth that much more $$$ than my 30D but still glad I made the move.

I shoot almost exclusively indoor action sports (competitive cheerleading). Even with fast lenses, sometimes the lighting is so poor that shutter speeds suffer. I just shot a competition this last weekend with the new 50D in a convention center WITHOUT any stage lighting, and went to ISO6400 just to see what happened. WOW!!! Shutter speeds back into the 1/500 to 1/640 range and quite acceptable noise levels. This is the first camera I have felt comfortable shooting in JPG. The results were great, and while I probably wouldn't want to blow up prints to posters at that high an ISO, at 8x10 or full screen web shots, they are perfect.

With all the complaining I heard about the AF sensors, it sure does a great job for me. MUCH more accurate than the 30D, and for the FIRST time, AI SERVO is usable for low light applications. I don't even want to TRY the 1D now, if its that much better......I can't AFFORD to upgrade again so soon. :-)

All in all, a worthy upgrade from my 30D (which is now my new backup).