200 of 203 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent camera with superb picture quality at a price.
I bought this camera almost as soon as it was released, at a very competitive price from amazon, so I have had plenty of time to get used to it, and test it fully before writing this review.
The first thing you notice is that this is not a small lightweight camera, but is a solid well built camera designed for serious use, yet despite it's size and weight it is...
Published on 19 Feb 2009 by markh5682
4 of 17 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
I bought this as a replacement/upgrade for an EOS 400D. I was immediately disappointed with the picture quality, and sent it back to Amazon within a matter of days. Most of the pictures were soft to the point of being blurry. The picture quality was worse than my older consumer level DSLR. Pictures in low light conditions were particularly bad. The only decent shots...
Published on 17 April 2010 by JJ
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200 of 203 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent camera with superb picture quality at a price.,
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This review is from: Canon EOS 50D Digital SLR Camera - Body Only (Electronics)I bought this camera almost as soon as it was released, at a very competitive price from amazon, so I have had plenty of time to get used to it, and test it fully before writing this review.
The first thing you notice is that this is not a small lightweight camera, but is a solid well built camera designed for serious use, yet despite it's size and weight it is still easy to hold and is comfortable to use, for those of you that have used the EOS 40D it has the same body shell as that, and has the advantage of using the same accessories as the EOS 40D as well.
The menu's are well laid out and easy to use making this camera easy to set up and use, the large LCD screen is bright and clear, and much higher resolution than previous EOS cameras, excellent for manual focusing in live view and checking the focus of pictures already taken.
Auto focus is lightning quick and accurate under normal conditions, and even in low light conditions it is still quick.
Cramming 15 megapixels resolution onto a small sensor causes problems with digital noise on many cameras, but not here, digital noise (graininess) is not apparent at all until you get into the highest ISO settings (ISO-100 to 3200 is available) and even then it is well controlled, there is also the option of setting a very high ISO-6400 or ISO-12800 setting but noise is apparent at such high settings and is best used in emergency only, and with it's 15mp resolution, even severely cropped or greatly enlarged pictures are crystal clear, colours are rendered accurately, even in difficult lighting conditions, when set to auto white balance, snow comes out as white snow, not bluish as on some other cameras that I have used, picture quality really is excellent, and has to be seen to be believed.
The built in flash is adequate for most situations but if you take a lot of flash photos and need a higher output flash, then one of canon's speedlight flashes can be used instead.
It is compatible with all canon EF and EFS lenses, and with canon's image stabilised lenses you get pin sharp pictures even in low light or with longer telephoto lenses. * (See below, for notes on buying lenses for this camera)
Good all round performance.
Excellent picture quality.
High resolution with low noise.
Good low light performance.
Quick and accurate focusing and a very effective image stabilisation (with Canon's IS lenses)
Live view function.
Well built and strong with its metal body shell.
Takes the same accessories as the EOS 40D
Compatible with the latest high capacity CF cards.
Raw or Jpeg files are recorded, Raw+Jpeg simultaneous recording is also possible.
large and heavy.
No movie function.
No CF card supplied, so if you don't already have one, you will need to buy one before you can use it (with 15mp resolution the higher the capacity of the card the better).
This is an excellent camera for the serious photographer and is a worthwhile upgrade from an older camera.
If you already own an EOS 40D then the difference in performance would not warrant the expense of an upgrade, but if you want a second body with higher resolution then this would be an ideal companion to your existing EOS 40D, as most of the functions are the same and you can use all your current accessories with it.
It would also be a good back up camera for a professional photographer, who does not want to go to the expense of a second full frame pro camera.
It is more expensive than some other "prosumer" cameras, but with the features and performance that you get, it is worth every penny.
Notes and advice on choosing lenses for this camera.
There is often confusion for people buying lenses for DSLR cameras (especially if they are new to DSLR's), as the stated focal length of a lens is not the same as the actual focal length that they will get on their camera, and most good camera shops have conversion charts to make this easier when advising their customers of the best lens to buy for their needs, but most online shops do not, hence the advice below.
When you buy a lens it has a stated focal length or range of focal lengths in the case of zoom lenses, (magnification) measured in millimeters, e.g. 100mm focal length.
The stated focal length on any lens is rated for 35mm film cameras and professional full frame DSLR cameras with a censor size of 35mm x 24mm, this is the standard rating for all SLR lenses.
The censor on this camera (and on most EOS DSLR cameras) is the "APS-C" sized censor with a measurement of 22.3mm x 14.9mm, this means that the effective focal length of the lens will be different to the stated focal length of any lens you buy when used with these cameras, this ammended focal length is known as the "35mm equivalent."
This is not a fault, but is a feature of all DSLR cameras, with the exception of professional full frame cameras.
To find the 35mm equivalent of any lens used, you must multiply the stated focal length of the lens, by a factor of 1.6, thus a 100mm lens will have an effective focal length of 160mm (35mm equivalent) when used with these cameras.
This is great news if you want to use telephoto lenses for wildlife etc. as you will get higher magnification from your lens, for less cost than on a full frame camera, so a 70 - 300mm zoom lens will have a 35mm equivalent of a 112 - 480mm zoom lens.
But on the other end of the scale, wide angle lenses will be less wide, and you will need to buy a more expensive wider angle lens to compensate for the difference in focal length, thus a 10 - 22mm ultra-wide angle zoom will become a very useful 16 - 35.2mm wide angle zoom.
The coversion factor for Canon cameras is x1.6 of the stated focal length, other camera manufacturers may vary, so it is best to check.
So if you are new to DSLR cameras, or are upgrading from a 35mm film camera, I hope this info will help you to make the right choice when buying extra lenses for your DSLR camera.
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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great SLR,
This review is from: Canon EOS 50D Digital SLR Camera - Body Only (Electronics)A lot has been said about this camera with many people seeing it (and the 5dMk2) as a return to form for Canon, and to be fair it is a great camera. I owned the 20D for several years and owners of the 20/30/40D models will be pleased to know that the ergonimics of the body are virtually the same to previous bodys if not (in the case of the 40D) identicle. It fits very nicely into the hand, for those who have larger hands it isn`t as small and therefore awkward to use as the 400/450D nor is it as heavy as the 1D series of camera. All buttons are well placed with AF point selection, ISO, AF mode etc all within easy reach of the index finger or thumb when using the camera.
The LCD is a nice improvement over the cameras I have used, with the 920 000 pixels on the 3" screen giving a great amount of detail for when you wan`t to check your images out (though if you had a laptop with you when shooting I would still recomend using that to check your focus and exposure). Interestingly for me the LCD is also viewable in harsh sunlight something my previous cameras weren`t.......no matter what angle I put the cameras it was virtually immpossible to see the image....not so with this LCD.
Image quality form the camera is good, with 15mp there is a lot of detail caught, but to be honest I do wonder at the wisdom of putting high amounts of pixels on an APS-C sensor......sure it looks good in the specs 15.1mp but the reality is (IMO) that you don`t really need more than 13mp on a sensor of this size. With cramming that many pixels on a sensor you are just creating a situation where the individual pixels being so close together are affecting their neighbouring pixels with electrical noise thereby increasing the amount of noise....yes the noise reduction in the camera is fantastic......but with less pixels and therefore more space between them on the sensor there will be a smaller degree of each pixel affecting the other meaning less background noise. This seems to be what Nikon has done with the D300, Canon could have equalled if not bettered the noise control of the D300 if they had kept the Mp count down.
Still i`m being slightly unfair the camera is fantastic and I would recomend it to anyone looking at upgrading or looking for a second body as back up, the images produced are great, and the noise very well controlled.....but it could have been better (hence 4 stars).
73 of 76 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the best camera I've ever owned,
This review is from: Canon EOS 50D Digital SLR Camera - Body Only (Electronics)I upgraded from a EOS 30D and this is a wonderful improvement. I realize that 40D owners might not have the same experience.
The auto focus works very well in very bad light (for a camera that is). And it also works a lot better than the 30D on moving subjects as well.
The display at the back is significantly better than the 30D display. Some claim that it is the first good display on any Canon SLR.
It is possible to turn off focus hunting. That is good for bird photographers with long lenses. I've yet to try it, but I plan to.
The auto ISO feature works very well for me. I'm very pleased with it.
The new menu system makes it very easy to configure the camera.
Live view is nice to have since I get a feel of how the picture will look. e.g. whether it will be underexposed or overexposed. In most cases, it will be easier to just take the picture and examine it on the display.
I've had the camera for two weeks and so far it has been fun. No letdowns.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Camera if you know how to use it!!!,
This review is from: Canon EOS 50D Digital SLR Camera - Body Only (Electronics)I have always owned Canon DSLR'S and the 50D is my latest. In short, this camera is superb. Its lightning fast in every way, solid build quality adds to the professional feel, and noise at high iso is great. The only thing about this camera is that it is rather unforgiving, what I mean is in order to get the cleanest images and make use of the high iso, your exposure needs to be spot on, if you under expose then noise WILL become apparent, but get it right, and the image will be superb. I find that mine, when coupled with my Tamron lenses, tends to under expose by about 1stop in low light conditions (indoors etc) but dial in +1ec and all is great! The other thing to watch is due to the higher resolution sensor, it tends to exaggerate camera shake a little more too so you need to watch your shutter speed. This camera is, I think, for the more confident shooter, like I said, it is an unforgiving camera but get it right and it is superb! It also likes to be coupled with higher grade lenses, you will not get the best out of this camera using the kit lens (still get good images but) as the higher resolution will show any lens weakness a lot more than a lower res sensor. In short, this camera, to get the best, it demands the best. It is a superb semi pro tool that is more than capable of getting the job done.
48 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Eos 50d a breath of fresh air,
This review is from: Canon EOS 50D Digital SLR Camera - Body Only (Electronics)Canon EOS 50D Digital SLR Camera - Body OnlyI have owned this camera for 3 weeks and it has been a real pleasure.The images are superb in all settings and having the high ISO settings allows me to almost shoot in the dark.The display on the back of the camera is really sharp and the menu features are easy to use.The auto focus is really fast and spot on all the time. The camera feels well balanced and comfortable to handle.I would recommend it to anyone.
46 of 50 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely amazing,
This review is from: Canon EOS 50D Digital SLR Camera - Body Only (Electronics)Decided to upgrade my wonderful eod400d and lenses. After reading quite a lot about it, I had decided against the 450d and would go for the 40d instead. However, after reading about this camera, I could not resist..... it was quite a lot more, but decided that I could buy this one and not need another camera for many years. If you do not already have good lenses, the starter kit with the 17-85 USM IS lens, good value combination. Only disadvantages compared to a lesser lens and the 400d is the size and weight, however feels much more stable and well built. Now down the the picture quality...... all I can say is AMAZING! Even in low light (a common eos flaw) this camera took great shots without the flash, crystal clear..... only had it a day or so, but convinced this was well worth every penny
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I have waited all my life for the 50D,
This review is from: Canon EOS 50D Digital SLR Camera - Body Only (Electronics)I have had this camera for a few weeks and now and have one slightly negative thing and that is with 17-200mm IS lens the whole combo is quite heavy. But even that has a positive side because it just feels so positive and well "anchored" in your hands. The build quality is absolutely top drawer.
In use it is an absolute dream to use and because it has such high resolution you can really crop your pictures right down and still get excellent results. It's performance in low light is also stunning, in fact quite unbelievable as the pictures I took late yesterday afternoon in Borough Market bear evidence to.
The speed of this camera is also another big feature.
I could go on forever but I won't just go out and buy one, you won't regret it.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mixed bag,
This review is from: Canon EOS 50D Digital SLR Camera - Body Only (Electronics)I am on my second 50D body, the first just would not focus correctly even using L lenses, on searching the net this seems more common than it should be. I sent it to Canon for checks and they said the 3D focus had to be adjusted. When it was returned the focus was spot on but the camera would not go into sleep mode. Amazon came to the rescue and arranged for a new replacement.
The image quality is not far behind my 7D but it does not have the advanced focus and other bells and whistles of the 7D. For the price with the current cash back promotion it is a great camera at a competitive price.
Buy from Amazon because if you do have problems then they will look after you!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome camera to begin your photo experience,
This review is from: Canon EOS 50D Digital SLR Camera - Body Only (Electronics)In the past I used a compact camera and as most users will know there are certain limitations to it (shutter speed, lens qualilty...etc). Next I bought a Canon G7 and I was satisfied with it for day to day photography. Somehow I didn't find this enough and I went looking for a SLR camera. I had to choose between the 50D and the 5D. What made me choose the 50D? Someone told me that I should use my money on a good lens instead of a basic lens with a great camera. OK, I don't have full frame but for now that's not my main concern as this is a camera that I will use to 'explore' the exciting world of photography.
What do I find so great about it? working speed, the buttons are on the right place, the 'feel' of the body and a more than decent resolution. Also the possibility to shoot very fast (about 6 frames a second) is great for sport events.
I bought along with the body a 24-70 L USM lens; a very, very good lens.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very very good, but not perfect!,
This review is from: Canon EOS 50D Digital SLR Camera - Body Only (Electronics)I upgraded from an EOS30D, initially I wanted a 40D, but a deal appeared for this body and just had to get it. I had read many web reviews of all three, a particularly good site for all things Canon is [...]
I am using two lenses; the Canon EF 85m F1.8L USM, and the Tamron 17-50mm F2.8 Previous reviewers have comprehensively been through the good and bad points of this camera, I would just reiterate that you must use high quality glass - L series lenses or similar otherwise the 15Mb sensor is wasted, in fact it will probably deliver less sharp, and noisier pictures - in other words a big disappointment!
The other point to note is that it is much more senstitive to camera shake: I took some shots today of the snow, and even at 1/200s at "only" 30-40mm focal length I was getting slight blur when viewed at 100%, so beware! Landscapes require mandatory use of a tripod if you want a decent sharp image, unless its very bright. Personally I don't want to simply increase the ISO speed, as this adds more noise (more so than a 40D). The Tamron lens I got brand new today, and for a while thought I had got a "duffer" - one that needed serious re-calibration. However, I have taken some tripod mounted shots indoors, and even ambient lighting at a shutter speed of up to 4s the results are staggering. I can see details on the plastic Christmas tree leaves that are difficult enough to see when looking close up with the naked
In summary, unless you are going to use good lenses, then the additional cost over a 40D might not be worth the investment...Fuji Velvia was so much simpler (and nicer to look at)!!
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