|Canon EOS 50D 15.1MP Digital SLR Camera with EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Standard Zoom Lens
|List Price: $1399.95
Our Price: Too low to display
Canons new EOS 50D bridges the gap between the novice and the seasoned pro with a perfect combination of high-speed and quality. It features an APS-C sized 15.1-megapixel CMOS sensor for tremendous images, new DIGIC 4 Image Processor for fine detail and superior color reproduction, and improved ISO capabilities up to 12800 for uncompromised shooting even in the dimmest situations. It features a refined 3.0-inch Clear View LCD (920,000 dots) monitor, supercharged Live View Function with Face Detection Live mode, plus a number of new automatic Image Correction settings and HDMI output for viewing images on an HDTV. Pick up the EOS 50D and youll experience true digital inspiration!
- 15.1-megapixel CMOS sensor with improved noise reduction
- EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM standard zoom lens included
- Enhanced Live View shooting includes Face Detection Live mode
- New Lens Peripheral Illumination Correction setting; HDMI output
- Capture images to Compact Flash Type I or II memory cards (not included)
- CANON 50D, GREAT CAMERA.
I HAVE READ LOTS OF REVIEWED B/T CANON 40D AND 50D. FINALLY I CHOOSE THE 50D.I AM GLAD I BOUGHT IT AND I AM HAPPY WITH NO REGRET. LUV IT....more info
- Nice camer, autofocus needs work
There are improvements I really like about this camera and a few that need work. I took over 2,000 pictures on a recent trip to Sri Lanka. I'm sorry to say but half of them suffered from poor autofocus performance. Although the 3" screen does a decent job, I didn't fully realize what was going on until I downloaded all of the pictures onto my computer to view at full size. Some of the shots were noticeable in the field as being out of focus and I eventually switched to manual focus. Those pictures came out fine. Before the trip I had purchased one of the best lenses I could find for this, the Canon 17-55 IS lens which I believe to be an outstanding lens. This camera is a replacement for my old EOS 10D camera which was a workhorse for me. I'm not a professional, but I've been a shutterbug since my Olympus OM-2 days, 25 years ago. What do I like? The low light performance is amazing. I took quite a few New Year's eve pics and was very impressed. The color and detail of this camera, when working as expected, is very impressive...but very frustrating when it isn't. There are more options on this camera than I will ever use. One tool that is invaluable, since I continued to run into under-exposure situations, is the automatic exposure bracketing, something most photographers are familiar with. For those once-in-a-lifetime pictures, it is a must. All this being said, I will probably sell this camera and upgrade to the new 5D Mark II camera. Happy shooting!...more info
- An Informal Review: Canon Eos 50D
Let me start by stating that the product was loosely packaged by Amazon.com. I recall another customer mentioning the samething. Hopefully, Amazon will read this and review their packaging procedures. However, Canon's foam packaging within the box made sure that nothing happened. Also, everything that was supposed to be included by Canon was. Nothing was missing. I must say, however, that more than not, Amazon does an excellent job of packaging their orders and seeing that the product is delivered on time.
Before I go any further, I do need to say that I own a Canon Rebel XSI and will from time to time be making a comparison between the 50D and the XSI. I purchased the 50D for approx. $1060 and the XSI for $550. As soon as I placed the battery and a lense on the 50D I could notice a distinct difference in weight and a obvious sense that this camera was built to last a long time, as compared to the lightweight XSI, which has a plastic feel. The 50D also felt very nice and secure in my hands.
The ergonomics of the 50D was easy to get used to after spending a brief amount of time with it. Most of functions can be easily accessed with the two dials and the buttons are well placed. I've had the camera for a month now and have not accidently pushed or moved anything that has caused the camera to reset itself. However, I do question Canon's decision to use two "on" positions: one for auto/semi-auto and the other for manual. Some of the features which distinguishes the 50D from the XSI deals with the 920,000 mp LCD display, the 1/8,oooth sec. shutter speed which allows you to use a wider aperture in the daylight allowing for a magnificent DOF (depth of field), as well as a better noise reduction system letting the user use a 800 ISO setting indoors while still retaining a nice quality image, whereas the XSI can only be used for up to 400 ISO before seeing a degradation of the image due to noise and its shutter speed only goes to 1/4,000 sec. However, when both cameras are used up to 400 ISO, most of us wouldn't be able to see the difference in image quality to be honest.
One thing which I did notice that may have something to do between the the 50D and XSI is that when I used a improvised adapter using a Cat 5 cable that allows me to use the flash 14-24ft off the hotshoe, the XSI with the digi 3 processor performs flawlessly, while the 50D with the digi 4 processor would perform eratically. The same was true with the Qflash Quantum lighting system. Being a non-technical person, I don't want to speculate why, only that the 50D did have problems with the improvised wire setup and Quantum lighting system and the XSI didn't.
There's no question that in regards to build quality, the 50D wins hands down. It'll definitely out last and be able to withstand the elements better than the XSI. Not only that but with the 920,000 mp LCD display, 1/8,000th sec. shutter speed, and improved noise reduction system, professionals and semi-pros alike can make good use of this capable camera. But if you're a beginner, or enthusiast, you may want to consider the XSI and use the $500 you save on memory cards, a good lense, or the 580 EX II flash. Either way, you can't go wrong with the 50D or the XSI. ...more info
- a lot of camera for the price
I use both the EOS 1D Mark II and III for a lot of action photography (birds in flight and such). The 50D locks on focus faster than either. The extra megapixels offered by the 50D brings a significant improvement in detail to my photographs, as well. It is nice that photographers graduating from the 20D up through the series to the 50D can still use the same batteries and chargers on this latest model.
My one little complaint is that Canon still hasn't found a way in this model series to move the "depth of field preview" button to the right side of the lens mount so that it can be easily accessed by a finger on the shooting (right) hand. Doing so eliminates the necessity for moving either hand from their normal shooting positions to check depth of field. I suppose this is a problem mostly for those of us who use telephoto lenses a lot....more info
- Great camera even when compared to 40D
Upon reading my way through every review I could find about this camera I noticed that a lot of people were upset about noise levels compared to those seen in the 40D. As I was looking to buy one or the other at the time it was very important to me to see if these noise issues were in fact true or just caused by external factors. Lucky for me a good friend has a 40D and a local camera shop was nice enough to let us borrow their 50D to snap a few comparison shots. My friend and I took shot after shot using identical settings and identical lenses under a variety of situations, (low light, high speed, high light, inside, outside, dull colors and vibrant colors). We then took the pictures, compiled them on a single memory card and displayed them on my 46" 1080P HDTV. Results were very much in favor of the 50D. Shot for shot the 50D either matched or exceeded the picture quality of the 40D in all but one situation: indoors with low light and dull colors. Under that situation the 50D seemed to noise out on the constant color areas, (beige walls for example), while the 40D tended to noise out at the interface between colors, (at the boundary of a beige wall and darm crown molding for example). Both developed noise but the 50D had more.
Overall though I was very impressed with the performance of the 50D. It picked up a lot of details that the 40D didn't even come close to getting, (thanks to the 15.1MP sensor no doubt), was much better able to capture high-speed action in daylight and only produced noisy images under very particular situations.
I purchased the 50D....more info
- The Best Canon DSLR for the money
There is NO way the 50D should be rated less than "4 stars". We have both 40D and a 50D bodies and have all L lens except for our 50mm 1.4. The 50D is sharper than my 40D and the images are not soft. The images are no more noisy than my 40D. As sensor density increases, so too does noise at very high ISO settings. However, the few times you have to use high ISO settings to even get an image, just reducing the 50D image to the pixel dimensions of the 40D results in very similar noise levels and the 50D retains better sharpness and details. The 50D AF System - AF Points (1 Cross Type) + 6 AF Assist Points is very similar to the new 5d Mark II. The DIGIC 4 Image Processor; LCD 920,000 dots Monitor, New Self-Cleaning Sensor Unit and Lens Peripheral Illumination Correction alone are worth the upgrade. The 50D is the best Canon DSLR for the money.
New DIGIC 4 Image Processor; Clear View LCD 920,000 dots Monitor; Live View Function with Face Detection Live Mode; Quick Mode AF, Live Mode AF; AF Microadjustment; ISO capabilities up to 12800; HDMI Output; Lens Peripheral Illumination Correction ; Multi-controller (joystick) Quick Control Screen Illumination Correction; New Self-Cleaning Sensor Unit ...more info
- Superior build and excellent image quality
I upgraded from a 20D to the 50D and did not wait for the 5D2. As others have remarked, most 20D accessories will work with the 50D including flashes, batteries and remote triggers.
My primary use is for aviation photography. This camera has quickly become the standard for sport shooting because of its fast (6.3 fps) shutter rate and large buffer. Unless you are using raw (recommended), you can shoot continuously with jpg. You need to be careful. With the 20D, it was easy to take single shots with the shutter in continuous shooting mode. With the 50D, the fast shutter will zip off numerous images with just a light touch.
The 1.6 crop factor works in my favor when shooting distant subjects, making a 400mm lens an effective 640mm. This has been an advantage for me even when using wider lenses. My 17-40L is fine for portraits on the long end at an effective 64mm. My 50mm 1.8 has produced some tack sharp images. Anyone who complains about this camera being "soft" has not been using quality glass.
The high resolution screen is amazing. I am not a big chimper, but I do like to check my images and histogram from time to time, and to review them after a shoot. I have not been a big fan of liveview, but this camera has advanced face recognition in that mode that will come in handy for the times when you need to hand the camera to a novice so you can get in the picture.
The 40D had a build quality that was similar to my 20D but the 50D seems to be a step up with better weather sealing. Working outdoors around airport ramps, my cameras get some hard use. The 50D looks like it is up to that task.
Be prepared when you buy this camera for large file sizes. My shots have averaged 20mb for raw and 10mb for jpg. That will fill up your memory cards, and hard disks, in a hurry. For the wonderful images that this camera produces, that is a small trade-off. ...more info
- Sounds Great 50D
Thank you Jodi-Ann Richards, for such a detailed review on the Canon DSLR 50D. I am looking at buying a DSLR, and have my 'eye' on all the newest models.
I have a Canon Film SLR Rebel Ti, and have read reviews for the Xsi and the new Rebel Ti1 and other DSLRs with Nikon and Canon. I have been very happy with Canons, and the 50D sounds treamedous and very clear image quality at 15.1 megapixels. I have a photography blog online, and have had photos published in magazines and calendars. I mostly take photos of landscapes, nature, travel, scenery, portrait, pets, etc.
I have read many positive and a few negative reviews about the 50D, and it sounds tremendous. I have also researched the Canon 5D Mark II, but the price bracket seems very expensive.
I have 2 Canon EF lens, a 90mm and a telephoto 300mm, and consider myself as a semi-professional photographer; by no means a beginner. Would the 50D be the 'best' choice?
Although the price seems high, reading other reviews, it has been highly rated, and sounds fantastic. I also have a Canon power-shot A650 and that takes clear photos, and I like that for "get up and go", however am looking at replacing my film SLR. Do you know of any photography stores in Canada, who offer a trade up-upgrade?...more info
I moved to this camera body from a Canon EOS 10D model 2003. That camera served me very well throughout the years, but it had some limitations.
In all aspects this new EOS 50D camera seriously outperforms the other camera on a large margin.
As a sign of excellently built and sturdiness, this camera with a Tokina 12-24 ATX Pro zoom lens and a Speedlight EX-430 flash attached, recently fell on the wood floor of my house, from my tripod. Tripod was faulty and the head separated from the tripod body. I was horrified. To my amazement, nothing happened. I do not know how lucky I was, but I won't ever play with my luck again. I bought a new tripod since.
LCD display: 3" diagonal, bright, high res. LCD display, easily viewable indoors and out, a pleasure to use, compared to the small 1.8" diagonal LCD display of the EOS 10D.
Exposure meter: much more accurate, compared to the older camera. Canon cameras, over the years typically underexposed, when a wide angle lens was used. This one seems to have overcome that issue. Extremely accurate exposures on evaluative metering, with or without flash.
Color accuracy: an improvement over EOS 10D. in order to achieve vibrant, true to life colors, I used to crank the saturation control on the older camera to the max. This one seems to achieve true and vibrant colors on "standard" pic mode... however this "standard" pic mode, also cranks saturation to high :)
Pictures noise: very low noise on high ASA/ISO setting. I read several reviews stating that compared to EOS 40D this camera is more noisy. I do not know the 40D much, but compared to 10D, this camera shines at high ISO settings. I used ISO 3200 and pics are very smooth. At Hi sensitivity setting (presumed ISO 6400), the noise is visually comparable to ISO 1600 settings on the older camera (on a 23"LCD computer screen). I did not try yet the 12800 (Hi-2) setting, but I have heard it is noisy.
Resolution: 15 mpixels... WOW! Images are razor sharp and extremely detailed. I did quite well with 6 mpixels on EOS 10D but this is amazing.
Flash card read/write speed: I am using Sandisk Extreme III flash memory cards. It may be even better with Extreme-IV series. Transfer speed from the camera body to the PC and also using a Sandisk extreme USB 2.0 reader, extremely high. Files simply zap, even 20 MB RAW files... Amazing!
Well done Canon! I am extremely pleased with this camera. I may however be not the most demanding or critical person in reviewing this camera body.
And Amazon did a nice job with a very competitive price (for a US model camera) and by shipping and delivering in just 2 days (with special annual membership plan)....more info
- This camera is absolutely the best for my family!!!
I have 3 young children and have recently departed the realm of point-and-shoot through the Rebel XsI (great camera). I was afraid of the size issue, of carrying a Dslr around and missing some good shots of the kids. However I was also disapointed at candid pics at their b-parties and indoor events (Christmas especially) for lighting (poor) and shutter speed. The XsI was a great camera, but once I decided that sometimes it is definetely worth to carry a bigger camera, I also decided to have a really excellent one, since the extra weight and size when you go the SLR route is basically the same. I still keep a Canon G10 in my personal bag at all times, but I have to say I LOVE my 50D!!!!
I played with buying better lens for the Xsi (including the L series, HUGE 24-70 for $1,100, which I returned) but first, the camera felt absolutely unbalanced, with its body being very plastic and light and the lens being super well built as a tank and heavy. Then, I am a pixel lover and if there is a 15 megapixel that I can easily afford by selling the Xsi, than I had to do it. But I struggled with the decision for weeks and long story short, got the 50D and also bought the L lens 24-105 ($1,059) and I feel like I ARRIVED!!!! :o)
I am not a professional photographer by any means, and due to the constant activity of my kids, and wanting a "natural" pic, I always end up taking pics on full automatic mode. The pics out of this camera are absolutely gorgeous, sharp, and make me very happy of the purchase.
Amazon has the best price around and I researched everywhere. I bought the kit with the 28-135 lens, and am selling these lens on an auction sit - it gives me a profit! But the pics from the kit lenses are also just wonderful, so don't feel you need to take the plunge on L lenses. I know a lot of professional photographers out there say that megapixels don't matter, well I discord since when you don't want your kids to pose and be un-natural, you want the ability to crop it a lot! Plus the shutter speed is so awesome, that catches that little expression the moment it happens.
Hope this helps in your decision!
- Canon EOS 50D 15.1MP Digital SLR Camera (Body Only)
Odered Canon 50D camera without any problems. The order arrived on time just as promised. Could track the order after it was shipped through the tracking number provided by Amazon. No high pressur sales people called. Very satisfied with overall service. Will most likely order again through Amazon as it deals with reputable vendors.Canon EOS 50D 15.1MP Digital SLR Camera (Body Only)...more info
- Canon lives up to its reputation
I decided recently to upgrade from a Rebel XT (which I've used for the past three years) to the 50D, and as usual, Canon has produced a solid, quality product. It is definitely a good move up from the Rebel, even though I was very happy with my Rebel while I was using it. I do wish Canon would bring in a few more of the features you get on a Nikon in the same price range, but Canon is a good, reliable brand....more info
- Good Backup
I use this camera more than the 1D lately. overall, if you are reading this you have already done your research and have some knowledge of photography and this camera! My review is more so of the experience from amazon.com! This is one of the best online shopping experiences i have had in a long time. Very prompt with overnight shipping. ...more info
- Good value for an outstanding DSLR
The 50D is a nice upgrade camera; I have owned several of the "crop" cameras including the XT, XSi, 40D, etc. The new 50D is definitely worth moving up. The LCD is a huge improvement; the extra MPs give you a lot of cropping room. The camera focuses quickly, and is quite accurate.
I love the way the 50D feel in my hands - solid and very tactile. She's a keeper. A very good value in my opinion for a camera that can deliver professional results. This 50D paired with a good quality lens will give you results you are proud of. ...more info
- Phenomenal Camera!
I've stayed out of the digital scene since it's inception because I never thought they would replace my Canon AE1 35mm, especially for the price involved in getting restarted in a new medium. The price to replace my loved AE1's quality and versitility was too high...until now. I am amazed at the quality, the features, the sheer power of this camera for the psuedo-entry level price. Outstanding! And so was the prompt and courteous service from Amazon and Cameta Camera. The package set is great and comes complete with everything you need to get started except subjects to shoot and the talent to shoot them. Actually, with this camera you don't need that much talent. Composition flows naturally and the features are fantastic. My only complaint is that I would rather have a decent Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II lens instead of the EFS 18-55 F/3.5-5.6 IS lens along with the included EF75-300 F/4-5.6 lens combination. But I will fix that soon enough! Ignore the naysayers. This is a great camera!...more info
- Canon EOS 50D Adorama
This transaction was about my 4th order with Amazon and Adorama, and all went smooth. I ordered it 3 days before Christmas, but I got it on Christmas eve, thanks to Adorama's fantastic customer service and satisfaction. I did not expect to get it until after Christmas, but I was surprised again! A Wonderful surprise!
Thanks Adorama! I recommend them to everyone, they have the best prices, and the most excellent customer service anywhere....more info
- First DSLR and Lovin' It!
i got my 50D few months ago along 2 L lenses (24-105mm & 70-200mm) and a speedlite 580EX! this is my first DSLR and i found it kind of hard to handle it but after reading the manual and testing it for few days i can say that I SEE A FUTURE FULL OF AMAZING PHOTOS! i mean, this solid camera is packed with very nice features which i didn't have in my previous super-zoom panasonic lumix FZ18.
now lets get to the important part :
50D impressions and comparing to my FZ18.
ISO : coming from the FZ18 i found a dramatic change in the ISO. with my FZ18 i always set the ISO to maximum 400 because ISO 800 and above by the FZ18 is just tooooooo noisy.. so comparing to my previous camera i can say that canon 50D ISO 1600 = FZ18 ISO 400! (notice that this is my first DSLR compared to a much lower standard camera so this information will not help you if you have a canon 40D because i'm not comparing between 2 DSLR's)
IQ : HUGE difference between cameras. the images are crisp, sharp and the colours are saturated enough. its like i'm looking at a 3D image (again, compared to the FZ18)
Control and menu: still trying to get used to the "WHEELS". The menu is easy to navigate.
i'm still reading reviews about all my equipments and testing it. so maybe i will post something later as i find something new everyday :)
its a long post and it may not be alot of useful information but i'm a novice who is trying his best to be a begineer .....more info
- Great Purchase!!!
I really apreciatte this seller, because I didn't have much time to receive the purchase and he did comply the delivery time. Besides that, the product arrived in great conditions.
Thanks a lot!!...more info
- My first semi-pro camera
I am an amateur photographer and have used the camera now for a few months and am enjoying getting good results.
However, I would like to comment that the overall "Exposure Control" modes which are designed for a newbie like myself (e.g. Portrait, Sports, Close Up, etc.) do not allow many of the parameters of the camera to be adjusted. One example is that while in some of these modes you cannot disable the flash. Another is that the color temperature cannot be adjusted in certain modes.
My opinion is that it would be beneficial if these modes were expanded such that more of the camera's available features could be adjusted while in the the Exposure Control modes designed for new users. Additionally it would be nice if each one of these modes were allowed to be adjusted and saved independently. Perhaps a "Factory Default" - "Sports" mode (A) which cannot be edited and then additional customizable "Sports" modes versions (B,C,D,E,F) each of which is essentially the factory default mode but with user overrides. The customizations retain settings during battery changes.
Hopefully once I learn to use the Manual Mode more intelligently this will probably no longer be an issue.
I will probably keep this camera for long time.
- Upgrade to 50D
I upgraded from the 20D to 50D and WHAT A DIFFERENCE ! Focus,clarity and
color depth are excellent. I would recommend this camera to anyone who
is serious about their pictures. You will not be disappointed with this
one. Great work Canon !!
Tom in Maine
- Superb camera
I upgraded from the Rebel XSi (a great camera) to this because I wanted a larger body (large hands, the XSi just felt a bit too petite even though it was a great SLR for the price.) This camera, when used correctly, produces significantly better images than the XSi, and that is saying something considering how good the XSi is. ISO up to 3200 - and higher if you turn on the extended settings, 90 frame bursts in full res jpeg at 6.3 FPS (but you will need a FAST UDMA CF card to get all 90 frames at this rate), superb colors and sharpness, solid construction, the list goes on and on. The high ISO performance has been commented on around the net, but I've not found it to be anything worth considering as a negative for this camera. The noise reduction software works great, and shots up to ISO 1600 are great (for the given ISO setting...obviously 100 looks better than 1600 if you have the lighting). The low light performance is where I see some of the biggest improvements over my XSi.
If you want to do any sports photography, especially in the summer, consider the 1/8000 max shutter speed. I've used this camera to do some work with golf swings for people and gotten razor sharp images in the middle of a 115 mph swing.
The bundled lens is impressive in its own right when you consider its price. There is one issue I don't care for with it - the zoom lens extends on its own (sort of slides out) when you are wearing the camera around your neck. But performance-wise, this lens works well as a walkabout and even does nice close up work. A big step up from the kit EF-S lenses in XSi and XTi kits if that is what you used in the past.
If you are a person who has an XSi or XTi and wants to upgrade to the next level, this is the logical Canon choice unless you REALLY want to go up and splurge on a 5D Mark II or go even higher.
- Excellent Camera for its price
I was using Canon rebel XT before bought for about $600 three years ago, No I upgraded to Canon 50D for little over $1000 , Certainly see this camera is lot more functional for my work and It is not very heavy to handle like other Pro digital cameras....more info
- Great shots
It takes time to get to know all the functions - but even on auto mode you get great photos. Can't wait to see what i get when i finally work out how to use it....more info
- Camera Package of Excellence
I purchased the Canon EOS 50D 15.1MP Digital SLR Camera with EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Standard Zoom Lens just over a month ago. It is by far the best camera I've ever had. The quality of the pictures is fantastic and the one lens does all is even better.
I've had the Digital Rebel with multiple lenses which I loved but this is much better. Prior to that I had a Canon sure shot digital prior to that and a Minolta Maxxum 7000 film camera with multiple lenses before going digital. The 50D is a more professional camera with multiple functions and ease of use. I am still learning all its features. I bought an Aputure remote to go with it and I all ready had a Canon 430EX flash which works great as well.
This is a great camera!...more info
- 5 star
Hello, I love this camera so much. I was in Key West and the camera fell off the bed onto the tile floor. The pop up flash is cracked a little and I am very sad. Is it possible to fix it. It was my fault, I put it on the edge of the bed and the next thing I heard was crash! Please help me, I do not expect anything for free. Thank you for your time. Dawn...more info
- pleased with eos 50d as an upgrade from eos 20d
this made a fine upgrade from an ailing eos 20d. i appreciate the direct compatibility of my existing canon flash, compactflash media, my lenses, and my batteries. i like the eos 50d's high-speed mode, the automatic ISO option, and the shutter-speed-bracketing for HDR.
my only small grievance is the ease with which the mode-selection dial can be altered, i've accidentally switched the camera out of my preferred mode several times, only to notice several minutes or several hours later. ouch.
- Canon EOS 50D - a beginners review.
I love taking pictures and have been using a digital point and shoot for some time now, but finally made the leap to digital SLR. I did not want to buy an intro SLR that in two years I'll whish I hade a better one. The Canon EOS 50D Canon EOS 50D 15.1MP Digital SLR Camera with EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Standard Zoom Lensfills the bill nicely. I have had it a month now and needless to say still have a lot to learn, but I have been very happy with the performance. I also feel the price from Amazon was the best I could find and the shipment came in a timely manner as promised. I am very happy with the camera and Amazon.com....more info
- Great Camera
This is a great camera and well worth the wait as a trade up from my 10D. I purchased with the 28-135 IS lens, as this was a terrific value, and what's one more lens to play with. My previous experience with the 10D, made it easy to navigate the many features. Picture quality is outstanding. There have been many comments about excessive noise at the higher ISO levels. It is less than my 10D, and easily minimized in Photoshop. ...more info
- 1st dslr and happy with choice
I purchased this based on word of mouth references as well as online references. It IS a different ballgame from the P&S format I was used to but I knew this going in. It is fairly intuitive and any new owner just needs to take the time to understand all its capabilities. The camera arrived okay but I was a little concerned; the camera and lens were packaged securely in the Canon box but that box was so loosely packaged in the shipment box from Amazon that it was literally bouncing around like a rattle inside (not good at all for an expensive photo item!) but it seems to have survived okay. What I have learned now is I should have purchased the body only and shopped for better glass. While the kit lens is adaquate it is not as good as I wanted for this body. All in all I give the body two thumbs up!!!...more info
- Cannon 50D
this is my 4th canon camera, it is the best by far, very easy to use. the veiw screen is great. it does take some time to learn all the control, but after that it a breeze. love it! ...more info
- Camera didnt work
recevied the camera in very fast time. the camera worked one day and then would not formatte another card. brought it to a local shop and said it was the camera. at $1500 what a disappointment. it has already been sent back to canon who was more then nice but who wouldnt be at that kind of price. we will see how long it takes to get it back....more info
- DSLR photography is SOOO much better than point and shoot!
After taking a series of shots of my five year old daughter at her t-ball game with my new Canon EOS 50D, I told my wife that the camera just paid for itself. The captured image is very impressive. We're creating memories here. Worth every penny.
Oh, and the interface is super simple.
I was tempted to return it and get the Panasonic Lumix that comes out next month (June 2009) but once I got my hands on this baby, I couldn't bear to part with it.
- 50D Fantastic
Upgraded to 50D from Digital Rebel. The features on this camera are far superior to Rebel. Image quality is fantastic. Proud new owner of 50D. Well worth the money. Think this will be my camera of choice for many years to come....more info
- Best Camera on the market in this price range
This is The Best Camera on the market in this price range (upto 2500)
Use ISO from 100 till 400 only, don't use noise reduction. and choose manualy 1 AF focus point only....more info
- Debating Between a Canon 50D and a Nikon D90? Read This!
Before you read this review, please note that the Canon 50D and D90 are not in the same class and are targeted at different markets, but there are still many people, including myself, comparing them with each other due to the relatively small difference in price. The Canon 50D should be compared to the Nikon D300, but since the D300 is clearly a better camera, there is no point. The 50D is in fact, somewhere in between the D90 and D300. With that being said, I hope you find my review helpful.
I spent a lot of time researching and comparing the Canon 50D with the Nikon D90. I picked the 50D. I hope my information here can help some of you out there making the same comparisons.
First of all, I highly suggest that you go to a local store and actually hold both cameras, play with them and get a feel for them. You will notice right away that the D90 feels cheap and is just made of plastic. The 50D, on the other hand, is made of magnesium-alloy and feels sturdy. It actually feels like a high-end camera. The 50D is also weather-sealed, unlike the D90. Build quality is extremely important, so keep that in mind. I also found the menus and button locations to be more user-friendly than the Nikon's.
I read a countless reviews on the 50D and D90. Most D90 reviews were pretty consistent with each other. The D90 is a great camera that provides excellent image quality, can take 720p videos and is $300 less than the 50D. The 50D review were also pretty consistent with each other. The 50D is not much of an improvement over the 40D, the increase to 15.1MP resulted in a small increase in image quality and resulted in more noise at higher ISO settings, it cannot take videos and is $300 more than the D90.
From a value standpoint, the D90 is a better camera. It's a few hundred bucks cheaper than the 50D and can take videos. That's pretty much where the comparisons end. Here's why.
1. The D90 isn't even a direct competitor of the 50D. The D90 is aimed toward the consumer market while the 50D is aimed toward the prosumer market. However, I still couldn't resist comparing the two, since the D300 was out of my budget.
2. Video Mode - Nikon released the D90 with a sub par video recording feature. It maxes out at 720p and does not, I repeat, DOES NOT have auto-focus. From my experience with the D90's video mode, the combination of holding the camera with one hand while focusing with the other and walking around resulted in, well, bad videos. If you want to take videos, get the Canon T1i.
3. Performance - The 50D, as with other prosumer level cameras, uses CF cards while the the D90, as with other consumer level cameras, uses SD cards. CF cards offer higher capacities, but more importantly, faster speeds. The 50D is capable of taking 6.3 frames per second in continuous shot mode while the D90 is capable of taking 4.5 frames per second. That's with JPEGs. Try continuous shooting with the D90 in RAW mode, and it will just beg you to stop. The D90 just isn't made for high speed photography. It's made for taking pictures when you are out on vacation with the family. The 50D, on the other hand, was designed for high speed photography, such as sports and and capturing moving objects.
4. Image Quality - Both cameras offer excellent image quality. It has been said in several reviews that the 50D produces noise at higher ISO settings than the D90 and even the Canon 40D. The reason for this is the higher MP count combined with the small size of the APS-C sensor along with the low quality of the lenses that were used in the reviews. If you plan on buying the 50D, PLEASE invest in a good lens to take advantage of the camera's increased pixel count. Had better lenses been used in reviews, the 50D would have received even better reviews. The 50D is not a consumer/enthusiast level camera, so why use cheap lenses to review it?
5. Live View - Wow, Live View is a sweet feature in DSLR camera. If you have an important shot to take, Live View can help you immensely! The 50D and D90 both have Live View. The D90 only has one auto-focus mode in Live View, which is Contrast Detect. The 50D has Phase Detect and Contrast Detect. The D90 can only zoom in 6.7x, while the 50D can zoom in 10x. Why is this important? The more you can zoom in, the more precisely you can dial in the focus. In addition, the 50D also offers micro focus adjustment to really dial in the focus. The D90's Live View is adequate for the average casual user, but it's completely unacceptable to a higher end user. The 50D's Live View feature caters to a more demanding photographer.
6. Value - The D90 is a few hundred dollars cheaper than the 50D. It has features that attract the average consumer, such a video. It produces great images worthy of a prosumer level camera, but lacks the feature and flexibility that a prosumer level camera offers, such as better build quality, better ergonomics, faster continuous shooting, full featured Live View and better tweakability. If these features are not important to you, get the D90. However, as you improve your photography skills and start to photograph a wider variety of scenarios, you will find yourself wanting the additional features that the 50D offers.
The question you should be asking yourself is - What do I want to do with the camera? Do you need a camera like the 50D, or do you see yourself needing its additional features down the road? The 50D might be too much camera for many people. For that reason, I highly recommend the casual user to get the D90. For you real photographers out there, get the Canon 50D. You will not miss the video feature, trust me. If you really want a Nikon, get the D300 (which does not have video either)....more info
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