Monday, June 1, 2009

Advice on new Canon Camera?

I think I am going to have to start shopping for a new camera body. I have a Canon Rebel XT and it has been my faithful friend for years. But now it has a cracked body (just superficial flaw so far), freezes up quite often, and I have even noticed more noise issues, even in an ISO of 100 or 200. This camera has been everywhere with me, not to mention dropped on hard floors a few times, so I am not surprised that it might be nearing its end. I used to not case it so dust has really been an issue, not to mention I drag it with me camping and hiking and even to the chicken pen. The kids have played with it and the cat has accidentally knocked it off a lawn chair. This camera has received a lifetime of abuse... But I love it and have taken many a great capture with it.

I used to buy a camera and keep it for a decade or longer (I still can use my Canon AE-1 P I bought used in 1992) and we even have my husbands original Canon AE-1 he bought as a teenager. Now it is a different story, because no digital camera is going to last a few decades, nor would you want it to! Sad isn't it. But not sad enough that I am going to go back to film. ;-)

So I put together my dream list of camera bodies I would consider buying when my camera finally dies . I am socking away money in anticipation of this purchase, so hopefully my old camera can hold on a while longer (a year would be great, camera bodies are expensive!). I am shopping as a Mom, not a pro photographer, so I don't want a $2000 camera. I just want a decent camera that will take great images in low light. Here are the ones I am considering:



The first one, the Canon EOS Rebel T1i 15.1 MP CMOS Digital SLR Camera with 3-Inch LCD (Body Only) is my first choice because it is supposed to shoot great images up to ISO 3200 (it has the same sensor as the more expensive 50D) AND it has a movie camera built in! Sure, it is not the highest quality movie maker, but I am thrilled with the idea of not having to always carry my movie camera around (I always forget it anyway) and have the ability to take a quick movie of the kids on demand with my "real" camera. This is also a small light SLR, which many people hate, but as a busy Mom who loves to haul her camera everywhere, small and light is a plus.

The Canon EOS 40D 10.1MP Digital SLR Camera (Body Only) and Canon EOS 50D 15.1MP Digital SLR Camera (Body Only) are really nice and have heavy well-built bodies, but they do cost a bit more. However, if they get knocked off the counter by crazy boys, they are more likely to weather it.

So that is my "dream list" of camera bodies. I would love for the Canon users out there that might have one of these cameras to post a comment on the pros/cons of their camera. Unfortunately I can't consider a Nikon because I already have Canon lenses. But I would love to hear your suggestions/comments on Canon SLRs. As a stay-at-home Mom without a disposable income, the actual anticipation of getting a new camera is half the fun! I always tell my husband forget the diamonds and fancy clothing and expensive restaurants, just buy me camera equipment!

I have many new goodies headed your way, so keep on visiting the CoffeeShop. And thank you so much for dropping by!

35 comments:

  1. I have the Canon 40D and I absolutely love love love it! I would have bought the 50D had it been out when I bought mine (came out less than a month later, ouch!) I highly recommend the 40D. It has great ease of use, and I started with the Rebel xTi and I love the 40D so much more. It's bigger but still lightweight and looks substantial in your hands. Full manual mode is so simple to change settings and it's just an awesome camera! Have you thought about going full frame and picking up an old 5D? That's my next step before getting a 5D Mark II (which, can anyone afford these days??) Best of luck! Let us know what you end up with!

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  2. I got a 40D as my Christmas gift...uh, to myself...and it's AWESOME. Reliable, quick, and yes, durable. So there's a thumbs-up vote on that one.

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  3. Hi! I've been a silent follower for some time (thank you so much for offering so many free goodies! I love your actions, especially the Color Pop set!)

    About the cameras, I've been doing some looking lately too, and I've noticed that the memory for many of Canon's newer model Rebels are SDHC instead of CF (the kind taken by both the XT & XTi - which I have). I don't know if you have any SDHC memory but I know that I've stocked up a bit on the CF memory for my current camera & so that is a cost that I've had to consider when deciding what kind of new camera to save up for (plus the fact that the "Pro" Canon cameras seem to be sticking with CF memory & I'd like to continue to upgrade in that category as time goes on). It maybe something you've already noticed but I was surprised when I saw that, so I didn't want it to catch you unaware!

    Also, this article suggests the 40D over the 50D due to quality: http://laurencekimblog.com/index.php?link=140&cat=16
    Check the 4th entry under questions (though he doesn't elaborate much).

    I hope these thoughts help! Personally, I've settled on the 40D. So now I'm just saving & saving some more!

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  4. you deserve an awesome camera, with all the amazing stuff you provide for people for free! I absolutely love your work, and I'm gonna donate to your camera fund. :)

    By the way, I'm a Nikon girl (I'm in love with my D300), but my good friend loves her 40D and highly recommends it.

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  5. I have the canon 5D Mark II. If you have the money splurge on it!!!! I promise you will not regret it! Very user friendly and the option of a very high ISO, live view mode, and video...AMAZING!!!

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  6. I just love your site! Thanks for all the actions and making them so easy! I am a stay at home mom too, and would never have been able to afford a camera, but I found my Rebel Xsi on E-bay. I was able to get a huge package.. multiple lenses, cases, tripods, filters etc. for what I would have paid for just a camera body and standard lense in a department store. So, my advice is to look beyond department stores once you know what you plan on getting.

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  7. Good luck with your search. As a busy SAHM with boys and a limited budget I recently switched to sony.

    I sold my lenses and D40 body (NIKON) on ebay to pay for the switch and I am very happy. I went with an A300 mostly because of the tilt screen live view. (Although built in camera motor and image stabilization were also upgrades for me) The tilt screen live view allows my boys think I am tinkering with the camera when I am actually taking pictures... the only way to avoid the dreaded "cheese face" in this house.

    I do not have a great low light lens yet, but good things come to those who are patient... or who hide their coupon money in a cookie jar;)

    Enjoy the search and your new body when you get it! And thanks for all you do here, I LOVE your blog!

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  8. I started my photography business with the xTi, and then bought the 40D to use as my primary once business started picking up. I absolutely LOVE it!! It is heavy, I must say. After a full day of wedding craziness (or even a school field trip), your hand will feel it. But it does provide exceptional images and is a very tough camera.

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  9. I'm with you...all I wanted for Mother's Day was a new Epson Artisan 800 photo printer...and I got it! So while I have no recommendations on camera (I'm a pentax gal) I can say that as you upgrade your camera you must get a photo printer to match - the Artisan 800 is AWESOME!! The quality is wonderful, it prints straight to cd's and can do all kinds of other fun stuff. Definitely made for the creative user. Good Luck!

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  10. If you already have the lenses, it'd be better to go ahead and get a high megapixles, higher quality camera. The images would be much much higher quality.

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  11. I think you would be wise financially to stick with the Canon Ti. I have owned an $1,100 camera and also a $300 camera at the same time and I found that where image quality really mattered was the lens!

    I recently bought a Nikon D60 the other day and I LOVE IT! My dad owns both the 40D and the 5D and he enjoys both of them. I have personally shot with the 40D and it is very quick, quiet and takes extremely beautiful and crisp pictures! I really hope you find what you are looking for!

    Advice that was given to me recently is to go to a camera store before purchase and hold each camera in your hand. Take a few shots with them and see what works best for you.

    I cant' believe you took some of the pictures with your camera! I think it takes amazing pictures especially considering it is called "ancient" in the digital world! LOL... but I guess cameras haven't changed to much as far as quality goes from yesterday till now so I dont' think you can go wrong with any of the cameras. You will just be buying into lots of fun features! Good luck to you! I am sure no matter what choice you make you will be happy with your switch because Canon is a gret camera!

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  12. Hey Rita, I have a 50D and I am a die hard Canon girl! I talked to Erin this weekend and I hopefully (he he) convienced her to be a Canon Girl too! (BTW - wish you could have come to the workshop - she was awesome!) I would recommend the 50D and for several reasons. Even though the ISO will go to 3200, be sure that you are prepared to use Canon's EOS software to import - Adobe hasn't reversed engineered the software and so if you download high ISO images into Adobe w/o going through Canon's EOS software - you will still be disapointed in the quality of the images. I can give you a few more reasons - but don't want to make this to long a comment!

    Ladybug hugs,
    Debbie
    Pixel Fairy Princess

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  13. I first owned the Canon 20d and LOVED it. With wanting to start photography business and needing to upgrade - I did A LOT or research. Reviews on both the 40D and 50D were excellent. I knew I wanted the either the 40 or 50 because I wanted the more durable body and I liked the creative functions. I ended up going with the 50D and I have not regretted it. I thought about the new Rebel - but when it came down to pros/cons - I wanted to take photos - not shoot video. One thing you might consider is battery life for the Rebel. When using the live view on the new 50D- battery life is quickly used....this might be the case when shooting video with the Rebel??? One pro about the 50 is the self-cleaning senor. I really like this. Also, the viewing screen on the 50 is a major improvement over my much smaller 20d. I'm very happy with my choice of the 50D. Someday, perhaps I'll be able to afford a full sensor - but for right now - I'm happy and love using my new camera!
    PS - Can't thank you enough for all of your wonderful actions!!! They have made my processing SO much easier!!!
    gretchen :0)

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  14. I got the 50D about two weeks ago for my birthday (a gift to myself). I LOVE it. It is a great camera with all the ease of use of the Rebel XT I had before, but with so many more features. It is one heavy hunk of machinery though. I took 372 photos at a second grade picnic last week and my right arm is still recovering. It's worth it though.

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  15. My XTI died a very early death last week (just over 1 year old and I babied it all the time). So while it's in the camera hospital my DH ordered me an early anniversary present. He got me a 50D and it should be here by the end of this week.
    My XTI was a great camera and I've done professional work with it. I've been wanting to upgrade and use the XTI as a back up, but just hadn't done it yet. My dream camera is the 5D Mark II, but that will have to wait a while longer. I'll be glad to come back and tell you what I think of the 50D after the weekend is up. :)

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  16. I think you already made up your mind on your first choice of camera, having video capablities.
    But if not, go bigger, 50d.

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  17. What a difficult choice! I have a Rebel XTI and it shows signs of wear too! As a photographer I would buy the MarkII, but as a mom, the new Rebel T1I, might be a more fitting choice. It has all you need to do a good job, you did already great with the Rebel XT!
    And, I would choose the 40D over the 50D.
    Good luck!

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  18. I have the canon 50D, and so far I love it!! I started with a Digital Rebel moved on to a 30D and my husband was able to get me my 50D for FREE through his work with points he had saved up!
    Love that man!!
    I love the self cleaning sensor a ton and it really does take amazing pictures.
    I am looking at getting a new lens and I think that will take my photos to a whole new level. Good luck with your choice.

    :)rachel

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  19. I just got the 40D...an upgrade from my Rebel. I love it...it doesn't appear to be too heavy at all.

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  20. I vote for the 50!

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  21. Get the 40D. I have it and LOVE it!!!!

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  22. I have the 40D and hate to admit that I have not used my good ole 7E in over 2 years. The 40D is older and you will be able to get better deals on it than the 50D which is still new. A few years back, getting an older digital was not worth it, but now that resolution on the older ones is suitable for any size that you would want to print - go for it. I just printed a 30"x40" that I shot with my 40D and impressed myself with how great one of my photos turned out when printed so big - oh, and an applause to you because it was a hot cocoa version of one of my images. thanks.

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  23. I have the Canon Xsi - I've been very pleased with it - I had the original Rebel and the XT. I could buy something more substantial like the 50D, but I enjoy upgrading about every 18 months without breaking the bank.

    In my humble opinion, out of the 3 you list, I think the 50D is the best choice if you want video and a more sturdy camera. It has the higher resolution and the newest fast processor, which can make a significant difference in your images. It is more sturdy, sounds like you need that, and it can use whatever lens you had on your Rebel (although I recommend acquiring better lenses over time). It will likely last and satisfy you significantly longer than the 1Ti Rebel series.

    We are fortunate to have so many choices. Canon or Nikon have many wonderful models in various price ranges. You can't really go wrong with any of these choices especially for general purpose shooting.

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  24. I ugraded from the Xti to the 50D and I do not regret it. I love my 50D, great camera and technology!! It is quite bigger than the Xti but I like it better.

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  25. Hi. I have the 50D. I can not fault it in any way. It is fast and I love it. I am like you, carry it everywhere, I mean every where. I even wrap it in a towel and put it in my handbag, when back packs are not aloud (my camera bag)so it is sturdy. Good Luck

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  26. I'd probably go with the 50D. Make sure you don't shoot yourself in the foot with lenses, tho. (The EF-S lenses don't work on all of the full-frame cameras. The 50D makes a point of saying that they do, but the 40D doesn't say anything about that.)

    That being said...my kingdom for a Mark 5DII! If you can afford it, DO.

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  27. Rita, I have a Canon XSi and just love it, I was torn between that and the 50D, but the XSI won out so I could get a lens or 2 with it and that is what I did. That might not make a differece to you, but it did to me. If I had to choose again, I would go with the same choice or the Ti since that came out 2 months after I bought my camera

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  28. May I suggest that you get a 40D? I got mine last month after selling my 30D. The 40d is solid compared to the Rebel!

    I don't advice you get the 50D. I heard some bad reviews on it- and anyway, do you really need the extra pixels? With the money saved on the 40D, you can spend it on something else.

    One more thing, I once had a Rebel and I would NEVER EVER go back to the Rebel series.

    Of course, on downside about the 40d or 50d is the weight. :D

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  29. I have the 50D and LOVE IT! I've used both the 40D and the 50D, and I have to say that I think people's issues with the 50D is the importance of having good glass. If your lens isn't top notch with the 40D it isn't going to matter QUITE as much (with a few less pixels)but with those 15 pixels and a great sensor, the 50D screams for a good lens. If you've got the lenses, 50D is the way to go.

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  30. I would recommend the 50D because all the focus points are Cross-Sensors rather than just the center focus point being a cross sensor. No matter which of the three you choose, you'll be getting a great camera.

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  31. 40D all the way! worth every cent!

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  32. I have the Canon 40D and 5D Mark II. If you had the chunk of change I would say the 5D Mark II changed my world!!! It is so flippin' awesome. But then again photography is my livelihood. I love my 40D but I think the 50D would be a good choice because of the newer processor, higher megapixels and it's built better than the Rebels (probably wouldn't crack on ya). I think you are doing so well with a Rebel that an upgrade to the 50D would be lots of fun for ya. The 40 is also super fast which is amazing for fireball kids ;)

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  33. I'm in the middle of the same search. I narrowed them down to the same cameras. The T1i has the same sensor as the 50D. I went to the store and held both cameras. I cannot one hand the 50D as my hands are small. I also decided that my primary use for a camera is capturing my family on the move, which means a heavier camera could become more of a displeasure and hassle so I would use it less. So between the weight and the same sensor, I'm going for the T1i.

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  34. I bought the Canon 500/T1i a couple of weeks ago, and LOVE it. Great, clear photos, assuming the photographer (me!) does a good job. Last week, I took some sweet 16 shots of my niece around town, using Canon's 50 mm f/1.8 II lens. Totally awesome results, and she is very pleaed. Good luck! And thanks for your great freebies.

    ~ A Canuck

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  35. I started with a Canon d30, and then upgraded to the Canon 10d last Christmas (gift from my son in Iraq). Both cameras were bought used. I know my cameras are waaaay old, but being a SAHM of seven young 'uns means we pinch the pennies! When I upgrade, I want a Canon 1ds, which will mean an older body (2002 vs my 10d 2003), but it's weatherproofed and has a full size sensor for great wide angles, 5 mp more than my current 6 mp, same 3 fps, 45!!! AF points vs my 7 AF points, and shutter speeds up to 1/8000 vs 1/4000 now. The 1Ds only goes to 1250 ISO (I have 3200 now), and I think it's louder than my 10d. Still, I think I can get a used one for around $800. I'm socking away the money I save on groceries. So, I'm with you, girl! In the meantime I can't wait to use your actions!

    One point I wanted to mention was to think about sports in the future for your kids. If they play anything like basketball or do rodeo, etc. you will want those faster shutter speeds and more AF points. Dark gyms mean high ISO is a huge plus.

    Blessings on your camera choice!

    Marcy (btw, found you through 2peas)

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