50D or D90

Discussion in 'Digital Cameras, Webcams and Scanners' started by Geoff, Mar 10, 2009.

  1. Geoff

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    I'm debating between two cameras right now (well 3 kinda), the Canon EOS 50D, Nikon D90, and the Nikon D300. I'm leaning towards the 50D just because I have a Speedlight flash for it already, but I'd be willing to sell it and buy a Nikon flash. What really attracts me to the D90 is that it has excellent reviews, and movie mode. Just looking for a few comments from people who own or have used any one of these cameras.

    EDIT: I should mention that I have an XSi right now.
     
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  2. DirtyD86

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    i have nothing to contribute to this thread, but welcome back :good:
     
  3. Geoff

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    hehe, why thank you :)
     
  4. just a noob

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    personally, i know nothing of more expensive cameras, but i would go for the d90, everything i've heard about them seems to be positive
     
  5. Geoff

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    I handled both at Best Buy today, and while both felt great I did prefer the 50D both in ergonomics, the menu, and display layout, however the reviews for it haven't been as positive as the D90.
     
  6. vroom_skies

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    What are these cameras offering you that you don't get from the XSI that you honestly need?
     
  7. Geoff

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    Not so much the IQ, but I'm looking for one that has better low-light ISO performance, since now even ISO 400 is a bit unusable in certain situations, easier to hold (the XSi is just too small), and it looks better :)

    I am selling my 70-300mm for hopefully around $400, and if I sell my XSi for $500 then it would only be a few hundred more to upgrade to the 50D or D90.
     
  8. vroom_skies

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    We'll I'm not surprised about the size complaint, however I would recommend just keeping the body (as much as I hate the rebel line lol).
    Getting some new NICE glass will do a lot more for you then a different body. Also, in all honestly I wouldn't consider the 50D or D90 a worth while jump. Sure they are better cameras, but your better off throwing money towards lenses instead.

    Do you print any of your work? What circumstances are you having surrounding the iso noise issue?

    Hope that helps
     
  9. vroom_skies

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    On the flip side I am a HUGE supporter for having a body that you want to use.
    If it doesn't feel right then you aren't going to use it.

    Besides that though, you'd be getting more for your buck with nicer glass.
     
  10. Geoff

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    Thanks for the input, I must admit I am still using the kit lens (17-55mm IS), I would love to get the 10-22mm and 60mm macro lenses, maybe I'll do that first. One thing I could do is get a battery grip as well to make it feel larger. I'll check out a few more things before deciding :)


    BTW, What camera are you using again?
     
  11. vroom_skies

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    Pentax K10D Gripped with an assortment of lenses.
    If you were looking on Pentax's side, you'd want to look at the K20D, basically the same body as the K10D, but insides have been revamped. If you are already invested in Canon I would stay with them. However if you were going to venture outside the box the K20D can be had for a steal at $750.00 or so.

    Before you do invent anymore money into the hobby make sure your with the brand you want to stay with. It's not cheap to switch later down the line.
     
  12. Geoff

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    I know what you mean, right now I have a 17-55mm, 70-300mm, and 430EX Flash. The 70-300mm is on eBay now and the 17-55mm would be sold with the XSi, so all I would need to do is find a buyer for the 430EX and I can pretty much start from scratch, that is of course I decide to deviate from Canon.
     
  13. Calibretto

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    You're seriously having a tough time choosing between Canon and Nikon? Canon is your only choice :p

    Call me a Canon fanboy, but I think Canon has quality products more so than Nikon.
     
  14. vroom_skies

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    Just out of curiosity, whats your view point on Pentax then?
     
  15. Geoff

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    No one can say that one company is better then another, both Canon, Nikon, Pentax, etc. have their good and not-so good products. The reason why I'm debating is because the 50D has had some not so great reviews, while the D90 has excellent reviews, although I'm biased to Canon since I've only used their cameras for long periods of time.
     
  16. Calibretto

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    Opposite with me. I've heard great reviews about the 50D. My roommate has it and he's in love with it.
     
  17. MBGraphics

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    Dude go for the 50D, no doubt the best choice. I have used one myself (and I own a 40D) and it is a solid camera. AF is quick and accurate, the screen is amazing, it may have a slightly slower FPS then the 40D but it's more consistant, i have used multiple copies of both and I still think the 50D seems faster and smoother.

    It also handles high ISO's very well, I have seen and expierienced many times that 3200 on the 50 looks like 1600 on my 40D, and if you put on the multiple layers of noise reducing it looks really good.

    besides you already have all Canon gear dont you? stick with it!! :p

    I cant say many negative things about the D90 as I have no personal expirience with it, but I do however know a friend that has all 3 (D90, 40D and 50D) and he says he preferes them in this order:
    1. 50D
    2. 40D
    3. D90

    I take his word for it as he's an expirienced photographer ;)
     
  18. Geoff

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    Thanks for your input, I'm thinking about getting the 50D, 100mm Macro, and 10-20mm and paying for it with BillMeLater with no interest for 90 days and I get $20 off (I have the money now, but don't want to pay $2,200 right off the bat :p)
     
  19. Ben

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    Where are you buying the camera and gear? I would definitely go check out ebay before anything else...I Managed to get my D90 for $820 on there.
     
  20. Geoff

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    I was going to buy it from Amazon, $1,411 for the 50D with 28-135mm.
     

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