Friday, May 7th 2010
Edit: This post was previously published in Swedish. At the time I was thinking of blogging more in Swedish. I’ve now decided to stick to English, so for the sake of continuity I translated this post.
When I bought my 30D I was convinced that I would use it until it disintegrated in my hands. Now I’m not at all as sure.
Canon’s 50D has become very very cheap. You can get it new for 6,999 SEK, compared to the at least 12,000 SEK it cost when it was released in 2008. At the same time, I believe I should be able to get at least 2,500 SEK for my 30D if I sell it now.
And there are quite a few nice improvements on the 50D compared to the 30D:
- Auto-ISO. The camera automatically chooses the ISO for you. One thing less to think about.
- Live view. Use the screen to frame your photos. Should be great for macros, landscapes on tripod and shooting over a crowd.
- Better screen. 640×480 pixels instead of 320×240.
- Higher resolution sensor. 15 megapixels catches the details far better than 8. Have a look at this well-done comparison of prints.
- Better auto focus. I seldom shoot things that move particularly quickly, but it can’t hurt to have nine cross-type sensors instead of one.
- C1/C2 modes. Lets you save two complete sets of all the camera’s settings for quick access in particular situations. I will probably have one setup for continuous AF and 6 fps, the other for single shot AF and single frame burst. Mirror lock-up can also be saved to one of the C modes.
- ISO in the viewfinder. Nice to always see what ISO speed the camera is set to (or which ISO speed the camera wants to use in auto-ISO) without taking your eye from the viewfinder.
- Slightly larger viewfinder. The magnification in the 50D’s viewfinder is 0,95x compared to 0,90x in the 30D’s.
- Raw in full auto mode. If my wife uses my camera she sets it to the Green Square™. With the 50D I will still be able to get her photos as raws and easily adjust white balance, etc. (The 30D is limited to JPEG in full auto.)
This list is more than enough for me to whole-heartedly save all of my
pocket money. (We have decided that we have 500 SEK each to spend on hobbies/entertainment each month.)
At the same time I’m trying to sell some old camera accessories that I don’t use. So I hope it won’t take too long before I’ve saved up for the price difference between my second hand 30D and a new 50D.
By the way, if anyone reading this owns a 50D I wonder if you could check something for me. Does auto-ISO work respect custom function I-2? I.e. does it stick to the full step increments in ISO speed?