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Canon EOS 50D

50D_1_
Review Date: Oct 22, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,250.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Great LCD, super quiet shutter, AF system seems to work well in combination with DIGIC 4, Magnesium Alloy body, AF in Live View, Fast fps for a 15mpix camera.
Cons:
Still not a fan of Canon's Add-on grips. They feel cheap compared to the rest of the body. Noise levels are good, but I was hoping for a little better. Current Raw processors (minus DPP) don't handle color rendition (particularly skin tones) very well (at this point in time).

I have shot about 500 frames with the body so far. Mainly at sporting events (hockey and football). I have FW 1.0.1 and have not experienced any of the err99 that have been talked about. Overall, I really like the body. I bought it to compliment my MKIII for sports and give me a little more effective reach when needed. It has not disappointed me yet. I would like for the high ISO files to be a bit less noisy, but they print exceptionally well, clean up easily and comparing 100% crops at 10mpix vs. 15mpix isn't a true test due to magnification differences. Comparing similarly rez'd images shows that the ISO performance is actually quite good. I think people get a bit too preoccupied with 100% zoom down to pixel levels. In print, these files will look exceptional.

I think it's definitely a fine camera that will serve well for those that don't require full frame or 1D specs.



 
Canon EOS 1D Mark III

1DmkIII
Review Date: Sep 29, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $4,499.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Fast, significant improvement in ISO performance. I am a real fan of the new button layout as well. Live view is nice (particularly when tethered). Battery life is stellar
Cons:
LCD Sharpness, joystick cannot select AF point, Canon's lack of response to AF complaints.

By all accounts, my copy seems to be working fine. I am using the MKIII nearly every weekend for weddings along side my 5D. My servo and single-shot have both been working well.

I find the LCD to not be as sharp as I would expect. The 5D LCD is much sharper and easier to judge focus when zoomed in. I do get the occasional series of OOF shots in servo...but I blame that on technique at this point. Typically, my results improve throughout the session.

All in all, compared to my Mark IIN, I am very pleased with the results I am seeing. Since I predominately shoot in high ISO environments, my IQ has increased significantly.