A&P have an XTi ... worth upgrading to the 40D when it comes out?

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  1. ace3

    ace3 mouthify my wang.

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    i really enjoy the photography hobby, and have a good working knowledge of the XTi i've had for about a year now.

    We went to hire a photographer for our wedding last year, shortly after I bought my camera. We didn't hire her, but she has been helping me with tips and giving me c&c on the photos I've shown her.

    She told me that she was very impressed by my progress, and that she's booked with weddings for the rest of the year. Any saturday I want, I can come down & help her with wedding photos. I wouldn't want to get paid, and any pics I took would be all hers - that's not an issue.

    question is - is it a worthwhile upgrade to sell my XTi and get the new 40D when it comes out? I'm not planning on photography ever being anything more than a hobby, although it may end up making me a few bucks sometime down the road.

    :dunno:
     
  2. ace3

    ace3 mouthify my wang.

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    oh, and i might as well say that i want to use it for strobist, and get that out there now.
     
  3. IntheWorks

    IntheWorks windin film.. takin pics Moderator

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    spend the money on glass instead.
     
  4. ace3

    ace3 mouthify my wang.

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    i'm still stuck on my original plan of only having 4 lenses.

    50mm 1.8 (already have)
    17-70mm (already have)
    10-22mm (need)
    70-200mm (need)


    that's why i was thinking about just going with the "better" camera before i bought the last 2 lenses i want
     
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    Jonny Chimpo OT Supporter

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    Spend the money on glass. If photography is only a hobby for you and you don't NEED the things that the 40D has, then why spend the money?

    And NEVER do this:

    If you don't get paid, don't shoot. If she's impressed with your work, she can bloody well pay for your time. Even non-shooting assistants get paid, don't be a sucker like that.
     
  6. turbodude

    turbodude Just a photographer OT Supporter

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    for you, nope... for me yep. club shooting that 3" display and somewhat weather sealing will help alot. As well as the higher dynamic range. and im switching from a 30d :hs:

    edit: and oh yeah bigger brighter viewfinder, and iso always in the view finder :)
     
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  7. ace3

    ace3 mouthify my wang.

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    is there a comparison between the 40d and the XTi? half of the "good' photographers were saying (before i got the xti) that i should have bought a used 20D (or something of the sort). I figured there must be some reason for that.

    I probably shouldn't have said anything about the "not paying" part or the "i'll give her all the pictures" part. She never said that - I added that in. I wasn't planning on going to shoot 10 weddings and not get paid at all ... i was planning on going to one or two, and happily taking her C&C as "payment". I want to learn - i'm not terribly interested in making some $$ on the side (at least, not at the moment). She takes some great photos, and it would be (at least in my opinion) priceless to have a professional help me to be a better photographer.

    :dunno:
     
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    isaac86hatch This thread sucks

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    Just having the second wheel on the back plus the extra bulk makes the the XXD cameras worth it to me. The FPS is a nice feature as well 5fps on the 20/30D and 6.5FPS on the 40D. I can't really see Live View as anything that is useful for me, maybe it will be for you? Screen size is a moot point for me as well because it does not take much a screen to view the histogram, though a larger brighter viewfinder is good.

    We're all different. One thing I might like, you may never use and vice versa. Just look at the spec sheet of the two and see what you like and what you could do without.
     
  9. Doodie head

    Doodie head i have no legs

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    spend the money on good glass. wait about 6 months until the price settles on the 40d and to see if there are any issues with the camera.
     
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    the Rosswog OT Supporter

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    a "better" camera is going to see the same exact image through your lens as the camera you have right now. Unless you are going full frame, I see no reason to upgrade from the XTi

    Now, the camera you already have will see a completely different image through the 2 lenses you need. So I would say buy the glass and forget about the new body.
     
  11. ace3

    ace3 mouthify my wang.

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    ^^great point
     
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    get the 70-200 2.8IS
     
  13. Jonny Chimpo

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    The 40D was just announced day before yesterday, of course there isn't a comparison yet.

    As for what people told you before you bought the XTI, well that still holds...if you don't already own a camera. However, you DO own a perfectly fine camera. Is the 20D/30D/40D more robust? Sure, but not nearly enough to warrant an upgrade from the XTI for a hobbyist.

    You never really mentioned any reason you need to upgrade other than you feel like you want the 40D. If you want it fine, buy it, it's your money and you don't need our permission. But if you are looking for reasons why the 40D will better serve your needs or make you a better photographer, you've come to the wrong place.

    The 40D is absolutely not going to deliver anything fundamentally different from the XTI in terms of image quality or functionality for someone like you that shoots as a hobby.
     
  14. Derrict

    Derrict No, I am not Amish OT Supporter

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    I have a 20D as a back up and even then I wouldn't upgrade to a 30D or 40D to use. The differences aren't significant enough to improve the image quality. About the only thing I'd want is ISO adjustments in 1/3rd stops, which the 20D lacks.
     
  15. ace3

    ace3 mouthify my wang.

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    :bigthumb:

    i think i've already convinced myself (with your help) that i'll spend my coin on lenses. :)
     
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    I got a guy here local selling a 10-22mm Sigma lens for $450

    if youre interested, I can PM you his number

    I went and saw it today and it looks damn near perfect
     
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    :h5:

    THAT is a good decision.
     
  18. SpiderOnTheFloor

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    The bigger viewfinder would be nice, but not worth the upgrade until the prices drop
     
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    cftofu2k OT Supporter

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    but aren't you tired of using the av button to set aperture?? :)
     
  20. the Rosswog

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    who needs justification on the 70-200 2.8 IS?

    its one of the most essential lenses out there for Canon shooters.
     
  21. SpiderOnTheFloor

    SpiderOnTheFloor New Member

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    meh...id rather have a fast prime
     
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    the Rosswog OT Supporter

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    so would I, but that doesn't detract from the...


    :bowdown: 70-200mm 2.8 IS
     
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    SpiderOnTheFloor New Member

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    for the same amount of $$$ you can have the 70-200 f4 and the 135 f2
     
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    i'd rather have a 5D
     
  25. ace3

    ace3 mouthify my wang.

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    it's annoying, but not knowing how it's set on a 40D (or other canon), i'm not too worried. i'm guessing you use the wheel?
     

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