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 Post subject: Which to choose?
PostPosted: Tue Sep 24, 2013 8:40 am 

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I have a Canon 400D just now which I love but feel its time to trade up - going to trade this and a Macro lens and a Speedlite in against a pre-loved body.
The shop has suggested either a 40D or 50D

With regard to lenses, I currently have a Canon 28-135 along with the 18-55 which came with the camera, I have also just ordered a 50mm 1.8 lens as it was a fab price!

I like to take pics of my kids and dogs, also use it for taking photos of stock for my website. I also like to take pics at our local stables, the arena is dark, the horses are dark and there is a lot of movement, I feel my camera is struggling. I can stand right inside the arena so zoom is not an issue just light and movement!

So do I go for the 40D or 50D? and also what other lens do I go for to take pics of the horses? Will the 50mm be OK?

Thanks x


 Post subject: Re: Which to choose?
PostPosted: Tue Sep 24, 2013 11:52 am 

Joined: Fri Jun 22, 2012 8:42 am
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Location: Almere, The Netherlands
Hi Angela,

Well you are describing a very difficult situation. It is dark and there is action and movement. Both the 40D and the 50D are capable of shooting action but in low light you will have to use a high ISO, which is a more difficult area for the two bodies.

And one thing that matters even more in this case is the lens. The 50/1.8 has one advantage and a very big disadvantage. The advantage is the aperture. With an aperture of 1.8 you will be able to shoot well in low light situation. The auto focus of this lens is dramatic though when looking at action photography.

I get the feeling you don't have a lot of money available for your gear, but if you can tell us what budget you have available then we might be able to present you with some alternatives that will be better suited to action in low light.

Cameras: Canon EOS 7D, Canon EOS 40D
Lenses: Canon EF 17-40/4 L USM, Canon EF 24-105/4 L IS USM, Canon EF 70-200/2.8 L USM, Tamron SP 150-600/5-6.3 Di VC USD, Canon Extender 1.4x II
Want list: Canon EOS 5D Mark III, Tamron SP 90/2.8 VC USD Macro, Canon EF 500/4 L IS USM, Canon Extender 2.0x III

 Post subject: Re: Which to choose?
PostPosted: Tue Sep 24, 2013 12:18 pm 

Joined: Tue Sep 24, 2013 8:31 am
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Waiting on the shop getting back to me regarding the price for my equipment and then will take from there.

I also noticed that they had a 60D, which is only £40 dearer than the 50D.

I do manage to get some shots at the stables using my 400D and 28-135 lens but sometimes they are not very good. That's not all I will use the camera for though

So really deciding between the 3 bodies and then can play with new 50mm lens and then see what else I will need

 Post subject: Re: Which to choose?
PostPosted: Fri Oct 18, 2013 9:33 pm 

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A newer body will handle lower light a lot better than the older cameras. I would also recommend looking at the newer 600D or 100D as well.
I used the 400D myself up until recently. Lots of fond memories for that camera.
I would recommend reading up Gordon's reviews for all cameras involved, including your current one.

400D Review
40D Review
50D Review
60D Review
600D Review
100D Review

Canon 5DIII, Rebel XTi/400D
Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II, 24-105mm f/4L, 50mm f/1.4, 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DO, 85mm f/1.8
Sigma 150mm F2.8 EX Macro

Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 EX, Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 II
Canon 430EX II
Opteka 13mm, 21mm, and 31mm extension tubes
Vivitar 50mm f/1.8 for OM System

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