Oct 17

Canon EOS 50D

I’m an avid amateur photographer. And I’m a Canon guy. So if you’re a Nikon person, you can ignore this post, but if you’re looking for the best value in Prosumer Digital SLR’s, look no further than the new Canon EOS 50D:

Features include:

  • 15.1 MP sensor
  • HDMI output (Mini) for viewing on HDTVs
  • ISO speed up to 12,800 (this is huge)
  • a refined 3.0-inch Clear View LCD (920,000 dots)
  • new DIGIC 4 Image Processor
  • uses Compact Flash Type I or II memory cards
  • shoot up to 6.3 fps, in bursts of up to 90 JPEGs or 16 RAW files
  • Peripheral Illumination Correction
  • Updated EOS Integrated Cleaning System
  • It takes movies. Yes, movies from an SLR.

I’m just salivating over this camera. Seriously.

If you’re new to DLSRs, you should only consider two cameras from Canon right now: The Rebel, and this 50D. Either go cheap, or go big. The 50D is going big… and while at $1300 – $1,600, it may feel a lot more expensive, you’ll still be using the 50D in 5 or 10 years, and you’ll outgrow your old Rebel will grow old in a year old two.

And for you true newbies to DLSRs, the new Creative Auto mode will probably help you learn how to use a SLR in manual mode, or at least get a lot of the power out of the SLR that you normally wouldn’t get, if you never learn how to shoot in manual mode, and is something I’m looking foward to playing with.

Pick up a Canon EOS 50D (Body Only) or the Canon EOS 50D kit with a 28-135mm f3.5-5.6 IS lens. You won’t go wrong with either.

If you have the extra cash, pick up a Battery Grip and some extra batteries too. You will want them at some point.

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