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Cameras and Photography: Benefits of upgrading to the Canon 30D?

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Melissa_Ohio
Southwestern, OH
(Zone 6b)

August 24, 2006
9:15 PM

Post #2655958

I've got the digital rebel, and am thinking about upgrading to the 30D. I'm doing more and more photography, although I don't think my pictures are anything spectacular, I've done a ton of senior pictures this year already, a couple of weddings more of both scheduled. The editor of the local newspaper asked if I'd allow him to use my football pictures for the newspaper every week. I've probably taken at least 30,000 pictures with my rebel, and I've not had a bit of trouble with it, but I'm thinking it might be a good time to upgrade and sell the rebel while I can still get a decent amount of $$ for it. But, what can the 30D do that the rebel can't? I won't be gaining any pixels, though I don't think that really matters. I printed a 24x36 from my rebel and it came out great even though the highest reccomendation is 16x22. What are the benefits of upgrading? Is the 30D the right choice to upgrade to?
Early_Bloomer
Springboro, PA
(Zone 5a)

August 25, 2006
2:46 AM

Post #2656860

Melissa...Canon has just announced a new 10 megapixel version of the Rebel. Features and price look very good.

Info here: http://www.robgalbraith.com/bins/multi_page.asp?cid=7-7897-8492


early_bloomer
Melissa_Ohio
Southwestern, OH
(Zone 6b)

August 25, 2006
3:49 AM

Post #2657137

That IS a good price... and that dust buster feature sounds awesome!
Early_Bloomer
Springboro, PA
(Zone 5a)

August 28, 2006
1:31 AM

Post #2666306

Melissa...The Luminous Landscape has a review online. This has been one of my favorite photography sites for several years now and has a wealth of information.

Go here: http://www.luminous-landscape.com/reviews/cameras/rebel xti.shtml



early_bloomer
RichSwanner
Citrus Heights, CA
(Zone 9b)

August 29, 2006
5:49 AM

Post #2670559

I have the 30D, but if you don't need a heavier camera and would like to pick up some new glass for the difference between the 30D and the new Rebel that would be a good trade off. You also shoot weddings a 580EX Speedlite is a thought too.-Rich
holty
North Coast NSW
Australia
(Zone 7b)

September 14, 2006
10:20 AM

Post #2721542

Hi Melissa ,

What did you decide ?

I am in the same situation , I have a 300D that I love . It gets a VERY hard life and has never complained . I dont want a smaller (as in physical size) than the 300D.

I go through a 30D stage and then think as Rich mentions about glass and the options $ wise .

Holty...



melody

melody
Benton, KY
(Zone 7a)


September 14, 2006
1:12 PM

Post #2721878

I have a very old first generation Rebel and until it croaks, I'm doing nothing. (at the moment, it's still enjoying perfect health) I've pretty much decided on the 30D and have started laying aside for it...and new lenses.
Melissa_Ohio
Southwestern, OH
(Zone 6b)

September 14, 2006
6:34 PM

Post #2722895

No, not yet, I keep reading and comparing, and I'm actually liking the looks/sounds of the 5d better, simply because the larger sensor would do better in low light situations, which is what I need for the 4th quarter of my son's football games. It also is almost 13 megapixels which would allow for a whole lot of cropping and still produce a print quality picture.

I've played with a 30d, I need to play with a 5d now and compare how they feel in my hands.
I'm happy with the lenses/flash I have, but have considered an L lens just so I can see the difference myself. I'm not in a big hurry... because this will be the last camera I buy for a looong time. I figure get the camera I want first then upgrade lenses if I want to.

RichSwanner
Citrus Heights, CA
(Zone 9b)

September 16, 2006
2:34 PM

Post #2729115

Remember the 5D is a FULL Frame camera. The 30D is a 1.6X crop camera. You will lose the advantage with your telephoto lenses, but will gain an advantage with wide-angle. If you use tele more you may find your lens reach shortened by going to the the 5D. If you go 30D you can buy a high quality Canon 70-200 f/4 L and a great Canon 17-40mm f/4 L for the same price as the 5D.Rich
holty
North Coast NSW
Australia
(Zone 7b)

September 16, 2006
8:54 PM

Post #2730074

Hi Rich ,
Good call.
I sat down and looked at my photo archives from the past 12 months or so soon realised the 70 200 isnt my real issue its the 17mm stuff 8 times in 10 I need . The 1.6 x sometimes is a real pain especially doing internal in homes photos for real estate promos etc. And we dont need to talk about barrel distortion .

Like I said earlier "until its broke I aint fixing it "

Do they have "I love my Rebel stickers/decals?"

. But glass hmmmm , too many choices.

Holty...


RichSwanner
Citrus Heights, CA
(Zone 9b)

September 19, 2006
6:23 AM

Post #2738173

Remember that glass is the eye.Even if the brain is the greatest it cannot see without the best eye. always get the best glass you can.-Rich P.S. Tamron makes good less expensive glass, some Sigma and Tokina is good also.
Melissa_Ohio
Southwestern, OH
(Zone 6b)

March 14, 2007
4:35 AM

Post #3279307

Holty, did you do anything yet?
My bad for not coming back to the thread to update, and now Rich is gone, so I can't thank him properly for his advice. :(
holty
North Coast NSW
Australia
(Zone 7b)

March 14, 2007
6:07 AM

Post #3279464

Nah ,
"it aint broke " yet but soon a 400D 70 200 4.0 Yes I know .

Short lens stuff is still a hassle help !

I dont really know Melissa ?
Waht are you into ? Lens stuff ?
Melissa_Ohio
Southwestern, OH
(Zone 6b)

March 14, 2007
1:57 PM

Post #3280020

I've got the 70-200 L and just absolutely love it.
I'm lost on the short lenses too
JoanMN
Pine City, MN
(Zone 4a)

March 14, 2007
6:24 PM

Post #3281097

Where did Rich go? I guess I haven't been paying attention lately!
Melissa_Ohio
Southwestern, OH
(Zone 6b)

March 14, 2007
9:41 PM

Post #3281674

He let his membership lapse. I guess none of us were paying attention!
Melissa_Ohio
Southwestern, OH
(Zone 6b)

March 14, 2007
9:49 PM

Post #3281698

Here is a photo I did with the 70-200, I was sitting probably 50 yards away, no flash, just the room lighting. I can't wait to use this during football season. I've not used it for much of anything except the wrestling matches. I like this one because the kid on the bottom beat my son ridiculously bad in a match earlier in the season--my son (on top) beat him to advance to the quarterfinals in the districts.

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