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What's a good older Canon dslr?

I'm interested in birding, landscape photography and nature shots animals. What is a good older Canon dslr to get? I have used a T1i and 450D and like both. How does the 40D and 20D compare to the 450D? And is it possible to find cheap 1D mark II or 5D mark I? Can these older high models stack up against the newer mid series models?

 

Thanks,

 

Ben

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Re: What's a good older Canon dslr?

Look into a 1D Mark IV.

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Re: What's a good older Canon dslr?

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Dragoncamera7 wrote:

I'm interested in birding, landscape photography and nature shots animals. What is a good older Canon dslr to get? I have used a T1i and 450D and like both. How does the 40D and 20D compare to the 450D? And is it possible to find cheap 1D mark II or 5D mark I? Can these older high models stack up against the newer mid series models?

 

Thanks,

 

Ben


The 40D is an excellent camera, and I would choose it over a classic 5D.

 

The 20D is completely obsolete in my view.

 

Any Canon dSLR 400D/40D/5D Mk II or newer would make an excellent budget camera. (assuming well cared for with a low shutter count). Look at KEH (EX or better) for quality used gear. 

 

Personally I would stay away from older 1D series cameras, they take expensive batteries and come with premium pricing. 

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Re: What's a good older Canon dslr?


TTMartin wrote:

Dragoncamera7 wrote:

I'm interested in birding, landscape photography and nature shots animals. What is a good older Canon dslr to get? I have used a T1i and 450D and like both. How does the 40D and 20D compare to the 450D? And is it possible to find cheap 1D mark II or 5D mark I? Can these older high models stack up against the newer mid series models?

 

Thanks,

 

Ben


The 40D is an excellent camera, and I would choose it over a classic 5D.

 

The 20D is completely obsolete in my view.

 

Any Canon dSLR 400D/40D/5D Mk II or newer would make an excellent budget camera. (assuming well cared for with a low shutter count). Look at KEH (EX or better) for quality used gear. 

 

Personally I would stay away from older 1D series cameras, they take expensive batteries and come with premium pricing. 


If you're going to consider a 40D, try to find a 50D; it was a significant improvement. I believe it was the first camera to use Canon's excellent 18MP sensor, which was used in many camera models for several years thereafter.

 

The 50D was the only camera for which I ever put myself on a pre-release wait list. I've never been sorry I did.

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Re: What's a good older Canon dslr?


RobertTheFat wrote:

TTMartin wrote:

Dragoncamera7 wrote:

I'm interested in birding, landscape photography and nature shots animals. What is a good older Canon dslr to get? I have used a T1i and 450D and like both. How does the 40D and 20D compare to the 450D? And is it possible to find cheap 1D mark II or 5D mark I? Can these older high models stack up against the newer mid series models?

 

Thanks,

 

Ben


The 40D is an excellent camera, and I would choose it over a classic 5D.

 

The 20D is completely obsolete in my view.

 

Any Canon dSLR 400D/40D/5D Mk II or newer would make an excellent budget camera. (assuming well cared for with a low shutter count). Look at KEH (EX or better) for quality used gear. 

 

Personally I would stay away from older 1D series cameras, they take expensive batteries and come with premium pricing. 


If you're going to consider a 40D, try to find a 50D; it was a significant improvement. I believe it was the first camera to use Canon's excellent 18MP sensor, which was used in many camera models for several years thereafter.

 

The 50D was the only camera for which I ever put myself on a pre-release wait list. I've never been sorry I did.


The 50D actually has a 15 megapixel image sensor, the classic 7D was the first with the 18 megapixel sensor.

 

Both the 40D and 50D are excellent cameras. My first Canon dSLR was the 50D and my daughter still uses it. About 2 years ago when my wife started to get involved with bird photography she purchased a low shutter count 40D. I was impressed on how well it held up when compared to all, but, the most recent Canon dSLRs. That said when I upgraded my 7D to the 7D Mk II my wife started using my classic 7D. However, if we have a guest birding with us, we break out the 40D for them. 

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Re: What's a good older Canon dslr?


TTMartin wrote:

RobertTheFat wrote:

TTMartin wrote:

Dragoncamera7 wrote:

I'm interested in birding, landscape photography and nature shots animals. What is a good older Canon dslr to get? I have used a T1i and 450D and like both. How does the 40D and 20D compare to the 450D? And is it possible to find cheap 1D mark II or 5D mark I? Can these older high models stack up against the newer mid series models?

 

Thanks,

 

Ben


The 40D is an excellent camera, and I would choose it over a classic 5D.

 

The 20D is completely obsolete in my view.

 

Any Canon dSLR 400D/40D/5D Mk II or newer would make an excellent budget camera. (assuming well cared for with a low shutter count). Look at KEH (EX or better) for quality used gear. 

 

Personally I would stay away from older 1D series cameras, they take expensive batteries and come with premium pricing. 


If you're going to consider a 40D, try to find a 50D; it was a significant improvement. I believe it was the first camera to use Canon's excellent 18MP sensor, which was used in many camera models for several years thereafter.

 

The 50D was the only camera for which I ever put myself on a pre-release wait list. I've never been sorry I did.


The 50D actually has a 15 megapixel image sensor, the classic 7D was the first with the 18 megapixel sensor.

 

Both the 40D and 50D are excellent cameras. My first Canon dSLR was the 50D and my daughter still uses it. About 2 years ago when my wife started to get involved with bird photography she purchased a low shutter count 40D. I was impressed on how well it held up when compared to all, but, the most recent Canon dSLRs. That said when I upgraded my 7D to the 7D Mk II my wife started using my classic 7D. However, if we have a guest birding with us, we break out the 40D for them. 


Tom is quite correct; I was remembering that wrong. My wife and I have three cameras with the 18MP sensor, but the 50D's is 15MP. I got many good pictures with my 50D, some of which still appear from time to time on our Web site at work.

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Re: What's a good older Canon dslr?

As I recall, the 50D has the same 15.1 megapxel sensor that is found in the T1i... except on the 50D the camera supports ISO up to 6400 whereas the T1i caps it at 3200.

 

I had a T1i, but never a 50D.  

 

 

Ben, is there a target budget for this camera?

 

 

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Re: What's a good older Canon dslr?

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TCampbell wrote:

As I recall, the 50D has the same 15.1 megapxel sensor that is found in the T1i... except on the 50D the camera supports ISO up to 6400 whereas the T1i caps it at 3200.

 

I had a T1i, but never a 50D.  

 

 

Ben, is there a target budget for this camera?

 

 


The T1i and 50D has similar 15 MP sensors.

 

The 50D's sensor had gapless microlenses and the T1i did not.

 

The 50D's sensor had a 4 channel readout and the T1i's sensor had a 2 channel read out.

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Re: What's a good older Canon dslr?

A T2i is the oldest and cheapest body that gets you into that 18mp sensor they then recycled over and over and over in all the Rebels until the last one to two, and also in the 60d and 7d1. Other than a tilt screen I don't think there is much real difference in features and performance between T2i and T5i. 

 

That said, in used bodies I don't know how much price difference there is between T2i, T3i, and T4i. If it was only a difference of like $25.00 or so I'd go for a newer model over an older one. 

 

Try Craigslist for lower used camera prices than big camera retailers or eBay.  Retailers and eBay both get a lot of potential buyers so they can find someone to pay a high price for a quick click purchase.  Craigslist sellers have a much smaller local market to sell in and if you are willing to go meet someone in a safe public place, you can inspect the item and size up the seller (original owner or the last in a long line?) and without a million rival buyers contending for the same camera you can probably get a cheap price. 

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Re: What's a good older Canon dslr?

Thanks for all the advice everyone! I am hoping to get something for around 200. I like what I have heard about the 40D so that is at the top of my list. Thanks for steering me away from the old 1 series. I will keep looking around, but I can't wait till I get one!

 

Ben

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