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Canon EOS 50D

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Review Date: Mar 22, 2009 Recommend? | Price paid: $1,300.00

 
Pros: The flexibility, and ability to be a sport's camera, macro, and be a Jack-of-all-trades! I've had this bay for a couple of thousand shots, now and it hasn't let me down. I Can't understand how some folks can give this a "6" or less??!!! Are you nuts? I sold my 40D and my 5D to roll up to the x Canon 5D Mark II. The 50D was supposed to be a "back-up" camera. Now, I'm not sure that I need to upgrade. I'm totally happy with all of the multi-aspects this camera has to offer! The Live view has allowed me to capture my best macros and moon shots ever!!! Un-believable and amazing!! If Canon upgrades the Canon 5D Mark II, I might re-consider my patience. But for now, this is one bad puppy!
Cons:
Noise at upper levels

This is a 10+++! The flexibility, and ability to be a sport's camera, macro, and be a Jack-of-all-trades! I've had this bay for a couple of thousand shots, now and it hasn't let me down. I Can't understand how some folks can give this a "6" or less??!!! Are you nuts? I sold my 40D and my 5D to roll up to the x Canon 5D Mark II. The 50D was supposed to be a "back-up" camera. Now, I'm not sure that I need to upgrade. I'm totally happy with all of the multi-aspects this camera has to offer! The Live view has allowed me to capture my best macros and moon shots ever!!!
Un-believable and amazing!! If Canon upgrades the Canon 5D Mark II, I might re-consider my patience. But for now, this is one bad puppy! And I can't believe that I was almost dis-sueded from upgrading from the 40D to the 50D! These reviews and forums can be very irrattic and irrational!
I still believe that Nikon folks are saboteurs on these websites and trying to shift others to get the alternative. Nikon does have some great performers (D300 and D 700). The 50 D compares very favorably to its Nikon counterpart. I love the Canon 50D and I'm happy that I'm an owner!


 
Canon EOS 50D

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Review Date: Dec 1, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,199.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: The 50D handles beautifully. It's ergonomics, LCD screen, ease of use, Live View and great IQ quieted my angst from the blogs/reviews that spelled mediocrity. NOT TRUE! On the contrary, my photos, macros, HDR's, close ups, moon shots, and landscapes have been superb. Looking forward to Florida next month for my birding adventure.
Cons:
It draws a lot of negative hype from too many folks. I've had a 10D, 20D and a 40D along with a 5D. I really don't know if I need a 5D Mark II. We'll just have to wait 3 months till all of the negative hype settles and firmware catches up.

The 50D handles beautifully. It's ergonomics, LCD screen, ease of use, Live View and great IQ quieted my angst from the blogs/reviews that spelled mediocrity. NOT TRUE! On the contrary, my photos, macros, HDR's, close ups, moon shots, and landscapes have been superb. Looking forward to Florida next month for my birding adventure. I've already downloaded the Picture styles and they work well. The one thing I can't get to work on my Mac-G5 is DPP 3.51? Also, I'm not sure that the ACR is quite right, yet! I wish Adobe would clean up its act. Sheeesh!
All of my lenses have worked out very well and especially my moon shots using Live View! I sold my 5D and my 40D ostensibly to roll up for the 5D Mark II. I needed a backup camera till the new 5D was released. Now, I feel I can wait for all of the reviews to decide for me. The 50D is one sonabitch! Forget the negative hype and pick one up! I may be wrong but half of the negative reviews of the 50D are Nikon agents.


 
Canon EOS 5D

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Review Date: Nov 12, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $3,200.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Outstanding IQ! This camera has given me the highest level IQ ever. Previous owner of 10D and 20D. Don't leave home without it!
Cons:
It can attract a lot of dust so you have to be ever ready for a cleaning after anoutside shoot. 3 fps is not worthy of a professional level camera. Pricey! Does not have a weather seal for the high cost.

Outstanding IQ! This camera has given me the highest level IQ ever. Previous owner of 10D and 20D. It is built solidly and needs little modification over the 10D, 20D, and 30D. Needs a beeter level of glass and deserves it! You'll never go back to a 1.6 crop factor again. FF really rocks! Picture styles are handy and can be modified. Colors are vibrant and magnificent. If you're thinking about either a 30D or a 1D Mark IIn...shop no further! Get the 5D!


At times I miss the effect on telephoto shots..like on the moon. It can attract a lot of dust so you have to be ever ready for a cleaning after anoutside shoot. 3 fps is not worthy of a professional level camera. Although the price is dropping, it was very pricey not too long ago. You will have to invest in a higher quality of glass and will therefore add to the overall expense. Does not have a weather seal for the high cost.


 
Tamron 28-75mm f2.8 XR Di Zoom AF

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Review Date: Jul 28, 2005 Recommend? no | Price paid: $350.00 | Rating: 3 

 
Pros: Cost, rebate coupons, hood, and 6 year warranty. Feels good and appears to be a inexpensive alternative to Canon's 24-70L. I was able to use it for a week since, I had sold my Canon 24-70L in order to "roll up" to a Canon 70-200 F/2.8 IS L This created a gap for me in the 24-70mm range that I "gladly" vacated for the "big one". Or so it seemed
Cons:
Very poor quality in all of the neccesary ways. Focus softness both indoors and inside. Poor macro...I left manual alone and geared back to Auto, and Portrait..only mediocre results. I tried using a step-up ring (67-77) and poor results again. I was totally boon-swangled! Could most of the reviews be so wrong? Or could I have a "bad copy"? The AF searches too much, and feels cheap. Although, the build id fine, the acid test is in the results. And this lens failed!

After, much research, I decided to plunge ahead for a Tamron AF 28-75mm f2.8 XR Di Zoom, 3rd party lens that boasted and advertised itself a relative competitor to the Canon 24-70mm. It received superior reviews on this website. I bought it! After shooting 100 picts at various settings, my conclusion was that I have a "stinker" of a lens. About 1 out of 10 picts were "OK". After much deliberation, I brought it back on the assumption it was a "bad copy". The salesman suggested a 24-70mm for 3x's as much. But for the short term, I settled for a Canon 24-85mm. Not as well reviewed as the Tamron, but I had to cover that lens range, as I'm taking an advanced photo class where this range is essential. Well, after a few shots in almost the same situations, indoors and out, the "lowly" Canon 24-85 outperformed the Tamron significantly. I shot 100 picts. today and there is no comparison, at this point. The Canon outperformed the Tamron by about the same margin as the Canon 24-70L would outperform the Canon 24-85. I admit, I was a bit hasty in trading up for the superb and costly 70-200 2.4 IS. But for now, the Canon 24-85 will be my spare, until I move up. Also, the copy of the Tamron might have been "bad", if another one comes into the store, I'm willing to re-try it. But for now, there simply is no comparison between the Canon 24-70, the Canon 24-85 and the Tamron 28-75. And after, much research, I decided to plunge ahead for a Tamron AF 28-75mm f2.8 XR Di Zoom, 3rd party lens that boasted and advertised itself a relative competitor to the Canon 24-70mm. It received superior reviews on this website. I bought it! After shooting 100 picts at various settings, my conclusion was that I have a "stinker" of a lens. About 1 out of 10 picts were "OK". After much deliberation, I brought it back on the assumption it was a "bad copy". The salesman suggested a 24-70mm for 3x'x as much. But for the short term, I settled for a Canon 24-85mm. Not as well reviewed as the Tamron, but I had to cover that lens range, as I'm taking an advanced photo class where this range is essential. Well, after a few shots in almost the same situations, indoors and out, the "lowly" Canon 24-85 outperformed the Tamron significantly. I shot 100 picts. today and there is no comparison, at this point. The Canon 24-85mm out performed tha Tamron by about the same margin as the Canon 24-70L would outperform the Canon 24-85. I admit, I was a bit hasty in trading up for the superb and costly Canon 70-200 2.4 IS. But for now, the Canon 24-85 will be my spare, until I move up. Also, the copy of the Tamron might have been "bad" , if another one comes into the store, I'm willing to re-try it. But for now, there simply is no comparison between the Canon 24-70L and the Tamron AF 28-75mm f2.8 XR Di Zoom. I have field tested them both...actually all three. Lastly, you get what you pay for..But is the Canon 24-70L 3X's better than the Canon 24-85 or the Tamron? Who can say? Make sure you field test your lens before you call it a "keeper". Lastly, you get what you pay for..But is the Canon 24-70L 3X's better than the Canon 24-85 or the Tamron AF 28-75mm f2.8 XR Di Zoom? Who can say? Make sure you field test your lens before you call it a "keeper". Canon is the clear winner in a three lens race, here. Tamron came in 4th!