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08/05/2019 11:25:53 PM · #1
All,

very long-time-no-post.

My trusty Canon 50D has finally given up the ghost, and I need to be thinking about a new camera. Unfortunately - I just haven't been keeping up to speed with developments in photography, so I need advice.

When I originally bought the 50D I was motivated by the relative precision and speed of the focus motor.
I've got a decent collection of lenses, but the main ones I have been using are:
- Canon EF 100m f/2.8L Macro IS USM
- Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM
- Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II USM

I feel, on the whole, the 50D was probably over-spec'd for me - although I valued the robustness and the focus specs. It was a touch heavy (as I do a lot of my photography on long hikes).

Canon has done me well and I remain open to staying with them, but am open to other suggestions.

Advice appreciated.

Thanks.
08/05/2019 11:57:09 PM · #2
I still have a 50D as well, but it's been a long time since I've used it. I moved to the micro 4/3 system. It's lot smaller for traveling than the 50D and the images are just as good if not better. I've got an older Olympus PEN with a 14-40 pancake lens (18-55 equivalent on aps-c) as my minimalist kit. My "big" camera is an Olympus OMD-EM10 with a 14-150 (18-200 equivalent on the 50D) and a 7.5mm f2.0 wide-angle.

I've also got a Canon G7x compact which goes in a jersey pocket when I'm cycling. Larger sensor than a typical compact, though still smaller than any DSLR.

For the hiking there are a lot of smaller cameras now that can perform on par with the 50D.

Hope that's useful for you.
08/05/2019 11:58:25 PM · #3
Or, if you want another 50D, I might be interested in selling mine at this point.
08/06/2019 05:09:24 AM · #4
Assuming you want to go on using your Canon lenses on a smaller body, you could move to either Canon or Sony mirrorless and use them with an adapter. Either way you'd still have auto-focus, and electronic control of aperture etc.

Rumour has it that Canon will be announcing a 90D (latest update of your camera) and a new ASPC mirrorless body (possibly two) on August 28. I recently bought a Canon M50 mirrorless and I'm loving the smaller size camera even though it lacks a few features that my 80D has. However it's likely that most (if not all) of those features will be available in the newer model.

Canon also recently introduced a very small DSLR, the Canon EOS Rebel SL3 (also known as EOS 250D, depending where you live) though the focus specs on that one aren't so good when using the viewfinder.


08/06/2019 10:30:52 AM · #5
Heads-up, Canon is clearing out 80D refurb kits. There are two kits available, both priced at $699 USD, normally in the $1300 range. One could pick up one of these kits, re-sell the lenses if desired, and come out smelling like a rose. I think these will go fast.

Message edited by author 2019-08-06 10:31:34.
08/06/2019 10:48:34 AM · #6
The best thing you can do is go to a brick & mortar store and get actual feel for what's available. I shot Canon when I shot film, but when I went digital, I liked the physical feel of the Nikon better than its Canon counterpart. If you know in the back of your mind that you can sell your lenses if you change camps to whatever works nicely for you, it will take the burden of being pushed in that direction.

Bottom line..... You know by now that it will be a while before you'll be in this position again, so don't rush the decision.
08/06/2019 01:16:51 PM · #7
Originally posted by kirbic:

Heads-up, Canon is clearing out 80D refurb kits. There are two kits available, both priced at $699 USD


That's just a tad over what I paid for my 50D body only on Canons loyalty program about 10 years ago.
08/06/2019 04:08:59 PM · #8
Thanks all.

I have been thinking of keeping my lenses. I know and trust them.

I feel I am looking at the 800D or anything in the 80D (70, etc) range.

What is the deal with mirrorless?
08/06/2019 05:02:02 PM · #9
Originally posted by PaulE:

What is the deal with mirrorless?


Eventually, mirrorless will take over the marketplace, replacing DSLRs. This is happening rather quickly on the lower end, and will migrate to the higher end. Sony is leading the charge here, and Nikon/Canon are following. Canon is emphasizing high-capability lenses, and has not released (or announced) a professional level body. Nikon has released higher performing bodies, but their mirrorless lens selection is more pedestrian.
08/06/2019 05:02:10 PM · #10
Originally posted by PaulE:

Thanks all.

I have been thinking of keeping my lenses. I know and trust them.

I feel I am looking at the 800D or anything in the 80D (70, etc) range.

What is the deal with mirrorless?


A mirrorless will give you a digital viewfinder for a start, some are good and some are not so good. Among the really nice ones that I have owned/tried are the Sony A7rIII series (newer the better), Fuji XT3, Leica CL/SL.

That was the weirdest thing for me coming from a Rangefinder to a digital finder.

I prefer mirrorless now, what you see is basically what you get, the image in the VF will be the photo. You can also fit many lenses on them and enjoy manual focussing.

If you're staying with Canon DSLR then I can suggest a 6D, great camera and reasonably priced these days
08/17/2019 08:48:44 PM · #11
Originally posted by PaulE:

All,

very long-time-no-post.

My trusty Canon 50D has finally given up the ghost, and I need to be thinking about a new camera. Unfortunately - I just haven't been keeping up to speed with developments in photography, so I need advice.

When I originally bought the 50D I was motivated by the relative precision and speed of the focus motor.
I've got a decent collection of lenses, but the main ones I have been using are:
- Canon EF 100m f/2.8L Macro IS USM
- Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM
- Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II USM

I feel, on the whole, the 50D was probably over-spec'd for me - although I valued the robustness and the focus specs. It was a touch heavy (as I do a lot of my photography on long hikes).

Canon has done me well and I remain open to staying with them, but am open to other suggestions.

Advice appreciated.

Thanks.


The New EOS-R mirrorless with one of the smart adapters would be an ideal transition.
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