A&P Recommend me a good camera body...

Discussion in 'Lifestyle' started by coughlin's law, Sep 14, 2009.

  1. I've got my Rebel XT with the 18-55, I used to shoot real estate, and now I do club photos for a friend who DJ's. I'm also shooting for a local magazine and will probably be working with a local club eventually...

    A big thing for me is I'm looking for a body with more focus points, because I shoot in REALLY dim lighting (sometimes just a laptop bouncing back on a face) or the lights are all going off.

    Another thing too is ISO performance, I'm disappointed with the image quality of ISO 800 and 1600 on my XT.

    Lastly, my XT is small, and I'd like something that feels bigger -- I've been thinking the 40D, but if there's anything previous like 30D that fits better... tell me about them.
     
  2. Wobistdu

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    throw out a budget so they can help you better
     
  3. I'd settle for a body only for a while... maybe 800 for a body?
     
  4. Wobistdu

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    not sure of the 40d's iso perf, but the d90 will do iso 1600 pretty damn nice all the time and 3200 can be usable.

    not sure if u are set on staying canon
     
  5. Wobistdu

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    and my buddy's 50d's iso perf is also fantastic at 1600-3200
     
  6. alexromo

    alexromo New Member

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    40D is good.
     
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    :werd: I like mine.
     
  8. aCab

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    staying Canon?
     
  9. MSIGuy

    MSIGuy om nom nom nom!

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    Didn't you just go through a whole ordeal like 5 months ago on how you were giving up on photography?
     
  10. EWhytsell

    EWhytsell New Member

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    My 40D works for wedding receptions pretty well, but now that the 50D, 5DMkII, and 7D are out they would be much better.

    They give you more usable ISO so that you can have more shutter speed/aperture options. Otherwise faster glass is the only way.
     
  11. Genghis.Tron

    Genghis.Tron New Member

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    40D + a cheap 2.8 lens (Tamron 17-50 for example). You can probably find them used in a kit since some people will try to sell stuff to get a 7D.
     
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    pantheR New Member

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    i've got a 450D and am looking to get the 7D, i shoot a lot of similar projects as you
     
  13. I'll probably stay Canon because I know the menus well... I've played with the 50D quite a lot, and it's been good -- but something felt odd about it... couldn't put my finger on it...

    Can the 40D handle 6400 cleanly?
     
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    it is quite good actually
    here is one shot i took at a convocation a few months ago when I was still using a 40D

    this is iso 1600 and pushed two stops in canon's Digital photo pro software with i believe 2 stops chroma and luminance NR (i can't remember cause it was a long time ago)

    [​IMG]
     
  15. White Stormy

    White Stormy Take that, subspace!

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  16. turbodude

    turbodude Just a photographer OT Supporter

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    40d and third party 2.8 wide angle (17-50, 18-50, 16-50, etc)
     
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    Not really. Maybe the 7D will make it possible, but for now it's either a full body from Canon or Nikon. Iso 1600 is what I use for shows and it's fine, maybe 3200 if you're doing small prints or resizing to a smaller image for web.
    The 40D and 50D are bigger, maybe you didn't like that.
     
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    Genghis.Tron New Member

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    I have a 40D btw and I shoot shows (dim lighting + moving subjects). If I were to do it again, I would either get a Nikon D300 or the Canon 7D because they seem to do well in such conditions. If you don't want to spend that much, a 40D will be fine.
     
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    what hybrid 40D are you using that shoots at iso6400?

    and to the rest - what reviews are out on teh 7d that shows its low light IQ? I am interesed in seeing how well it performs and if it will live up to the hype being created around it
     
  20. MSIGuy

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    No. I've had a few that were decent at 3200 but unless you're shooting B&W I wouldn't rely on more than 1600 on a 40d.
     
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    are you speaking of the Canon 40D?
     
  22. MSIGuy

    MSIGuy om nom nom nom!

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    Yeah.

    I guess what I should have said is that if I'm in a situation where light is low I don't hesitate at all to bump the ISO up to 1600. After that is where the lack of detail and the banding start to make me less than pleased...
     
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    you're worse than aCab when it comes to choosing wtf you want to do. :o
     
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    focus lock is your friend, no need to any focus points but the one in the middle
     

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