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Wedding Photographers----5D or 50D
Christopher Koutsis, Photographer
huntington | ny | USA | Posted: 9:36 PM on 08.13.09
->> I currently have a 5D (original one) and need to pick up a second camera. My question is: would you prefer to get another 5D (original one) or go for a newer 50D? These are the only two cameras within my budget right now, so please don't suggest other cameras. I'm strictly looking for the opinions of those people using these cameras at weddings, and the experiences they have between the two. Thanks in advance for your help.
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Craig Mitchelldyer, Photographer, Assistant
Portland & Orange County | OR and CA | USA | Posted: 9:56 PM on 08.13.09
->> I'd get another 5D. I like to have two of the same camera so no matter which one you grab the controls and settings are the same and the files look the same, etc.
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Ian L. Sitren, Photographer
Palm Springs | CA | USA | Posted: 10:01 PM on 08.13.09
->> For me it would be the 5D. Almost the perfect camera especially considering used prices. I just don't like those small viewfinders and high crop factor.
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Lane Hickenbottom, Photographer
Omaha | NE | usa | Posted: 10:20 PM on 08.13.09
->> Ditto here. I have 2 5D bodies and a 40D (which is almost identical to the 50D). The 5Ds both get used and used often. The 40D just hangs out waiting for one of the 5D bodies to fail.

I think the 50D images are marginally better than the 40D, but I cannot speak from experience there. But I can tell you that the 5D images are FAR superior to the 40D.

Besides, 2 camera bodies that are the same is essential for shooting instinctively.
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Jim Colburn, Photo Editor, Photographer
McAllen | TX | USA | Posted: 10:30 PM on 08.13.09
->> 5D.

I have three and they're excellent.
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Christopher Koutsis, Photographer
huntington | ny | USA | Posted: 12:38 AM on 08.14.09
->> A friend of mine said the focusing is better on the 50D overall - low light and tracking. Anyone know if this is true out in the field?
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Tim Snow, Photographer
Montreal | Qc | Canada | Posted: 1:02 AM on 08.14.09
->> I would assume that the focus tracking is better on the 50d as it is a few generations newer, but I would still opt for the 5d. You can't go wrong with it, try to find one from a Saturday shooter who absolutely *has* to have the newest camera on the market, and you'll have a low mileage newish camera!
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Andrew Knapik, Photographer, Assistant
Lincoln Park | MI | USA | Posted: 8:10 AM on 08.14.09
->> Having used both cameras for weddings, I would suggest the 5D. The IQ is far superior to the 50D. Plus full frame at a wedding, in the sometimes close quarters, is a big bonus!
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Anantachai Brown, Photographer
Jacksonville | FL | | Posted: 6:20 AM on 08.15.09
->> i've used both...

i would get the 50D and have one of each. to me the 50D is more responsive.

i shoot with a 50D & 1D MK III
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Chris d'Aquin, Photographer
Lawrenceville | GA | USA | Posted: 9:38 AM on 08.15.09
->> I am going to go against the majority and say the 50D. That way you have a full-frame 5D for wide angles and the 1.6x crop factor for added reach on the 50D.
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