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PostPosted: Tue Feb 14, 2012 4:43 pm 
I have a canon 60D which I use with my Tamron 17-50 lens and I just got a Tamron 70-200 and I do not want to worry about changing lenses so I want to get another camera body...got my eye on a Canon 1D Mark II with a low shutter count or a Canon 50D...both have pros and cons...which is the better choice? Or if neither of these which would you suggest for a fast camera to handle this lens? I worry about the Error 99 with resolution issues with the 50D.
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We can't really give a useful answer if you don't specify what you'll be shooting.

As you said, both have pros and cons so the cons of one body could put it at a distinct disadvantage against the other. Perhaps if you relate the pros and cons to your subject matter, you'll be able to decide which would be more suitable?

If you're planning on using the 17-50mm as well with another body, I don't think it'll work with the 1D II as the latter only supports EF mount lenses.

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If I had to choose, I'd go for the 60D :lol:
The images of the 60D are better than those of the other cameras. With the 1D2 you could get a little bit more speed and background blur with the 70-200mm but looking at the noise levels and the resolution your 60D is probably the best of those.

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If you're planning on using the 17-50mm as well with another body, I don't think it'll work with the 1D II as the latter only supports EF mount lenses.
The Tamron 17-50mm is built for APS-C sensors but it has an EF mount, so it can be used on the 1D2 - but the vignetting (especially on the wide end) is probably "not so nice".

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Out of the 1D2 and 50D, I'd pick the 50D almost certainly. But it does depend on what you want to do. The 1D2 might have a small advantage if you like to shoot portrait orientation a lot (otherwise get grip for 50D/60D) or if you want a bit more shallow depth of field capability. Personally I don't like the increased bulk of the 1D series. The 50D sensor is a much newer generation, plus the lenses would behave pretty much as you already know it from the 60D.

I used to have a 50D a long time ago, but didn't encounter Error 99 much. Very rarely, although thinking back, it was only with the Tamron 18-270 lens. In those cases, it always cleared by turning the camera off and on again.

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When I had a communication problem between my flash and camera, I used an eraser to clear the contacts. After that, those issues were resolved and it is working normally now.

I would imagine doing the same might help with an Error 99 message. Though I would not recommend doing it preemptively or habitually.

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The most of the SLR idea and reaison d’etre is the possibility to change lenses. If that bothers you, why not a top notch super zoom ? I think that you have quite nice equipment now and it may serve you well. I don’t know much about the other one, but the 50D, apart from a full magnesium body and micro focus adjustment, won’t give you anything that you don’t have with the 60d, and I think that the 60D has a better sensor and more features than the 50D. So I don’t quite understand why you want this change.

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Not sure if people read the original post the same way I did. I understood the original poster was looking to get a 2nd body to use in addition to the existing 60D. Thus two bodies + two lenses = no need to change lens in the field. Something I do frequently myself.

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Oh, my bad, sorry.
Then the 50D is not such a bad choice as a second body.

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Indeed. The 50D is very similar to the 60D in terms of image quality. It's a very nice additional camera. The only reason for the 1D2 is the ability to get a shallower depth of field with the 70-200mm for very nice portraits. Still I think the 50D offers the better (although smaller) sensor and a much better screen.

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 15, 2012 2:07 pm 
Thank You so much for your suggestions.... I hope to narrow down my choice hopefully today between the 1D2 or the 50D....I want this as a second body so I don't have to change lenses .... like I said I have an opportunity to get a 1D2 with a low shutter count or a 50D and I will use it primarily for my Tamron 70-200 lens. I will use it for outdoor distance, portrait shots of seniors also I like to dabble with sports actions such as my grandkids soccer, skateboarding, bike jumps etc.....what do you think now with this choice of activity?
I got a Manfrotto 3001pro with 3028 3-D head tripod to stable this lens as it has none built in.
Thank You for helping me sort this out.


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