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Old March 5th, 2012, 12:10 AM
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New Camera or New Lens?

I've been shooting with a Canon Rebel T1i for the last almost 3 years and I still have TONS to learn. However, I had started dreaming of upgrading. I even thought I had a shot at a 7D since I have an important (to me LOL) birthday coming up. But, the price went up quite a bit, so that's off the list. It's way more camera than I need but maybe I would grow into it. My Rebel is fine but I do get frustrated with the noise levels after ISO 800 and I would also like something with a little faster fps. I do find myself in a lot of low light shooting situations.

I picked up a secondhand 50D from B&H but didn't get a chance to try it out much as there was a problem with it and I had to send it back. One thing I liked about it was the grip, the fps rate and it's weatherproof. That was also an appeal with the 7D. The price on the 50D was right too.

I was reading on Dpreview about the 60D and it was recommended over a used 40 or 50 D. It does not have as fast a fps as the 50D or 7D and is not weatherproof.

At this point, I think I'm focusing on just learning as much as I can on the camera I have but maybe investing in a lens at some point.

I'd be interested in hearing other's POV. Thanks!
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Old March 5th, 2012, 05:00 AM
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Since I shoot Nikon I can't comment on your camera choice; however I'm wondering what lenses you have, what lens you're considering and what you're interested in shooting.
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Old March 5th, 2012, 07:07 AM
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Hi Mario,

Well, here is a rundown:
18-55 kit lens.
70-300mm f4.5-5.6
50mm f1.8
Tamron 28-75mm f2.8
70-200mm f4 L
1.4 converter.

They are all Canon except for the Tamron. Mostly I shoot dogs, kids and birds, though I am trying to expand a bit, as I will never learn if I don't!

I recently rented a 400mm L to shoot eagles and it was nice. I appreciated the extra length and the quality of the glass. A lens like that has its limitations though so I thought I would also rent a Canon 100-400 and see how I liked that. In some ways I am leaning toward purchasing a Canon 70-200 f2.8 but I would also like to try that out as I can't afford the IS and I would want to be sure I could handhold it.
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You have a nice array of lenses covering wide angle to telephoto with overlap in between. Your teleconverter gives you extra reach, and although the results probably won't be as sharp as an expensive telephoto zoom at 400mm, you should still get some nice shots.

So, all that said, I'd go for the camera that has the features you want.
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Thanks for your input, Mario. After I wrote out the lenses, I realized I did have a good variety so an upgrade on the camera might be a good idea.
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The best advise I could give is go into a shop and try one (with your lenses) and download the images you take onto a laptop. Take your camera along too and compare, You may find that your camera might perform almost as well as many others in low light when you compare the images.

To play devil's advocate, do a search on Flickr for "500D Birds" and you will see that there are some pretty good images taken with your camera. And 3.4 frames per second for your current camera is still faster than most motor-winds that were ever available on film cameras. Do you really need 6fps? How many times have you missed the shot between the 0.29 of a second that your camera can reel of photos.

I think you should think about a faster long lens. You will get a better quality image of those birds, which are the hardest to shoot, and won't necessarily need to use ASA 800



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