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First DSLR

by Carrotsy / July 5, 2010 4:46 PM PDT

Hey guys, I am getting my first DSLR in a few months, and I can't choose between the Canon 50D or the 7D. I primarily want to take landscape and macro pics, along with one or two events (like birthdays) and was wondering which was best for my needs (price isn't an issue). Please don't tell me to get a 1000/450/500/550D, I really want one of these two. Additionally, I would like some advice on lenses.

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for what you're shooting
by kalel33-20416052469708587370302374692233 / July 6, 2010 12:57 AM PDT
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I'd go with the 50D out of the two. You buy the 7D for video and performance, which you have no need for your type of photography. Buying the 7D would be a waste of money for your photography needs. If you have the budget for the 7D then you'll have some money left over for a nice lens to add with the 50D.

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Forgot the lenses suggestions
by kalel33-20416052469708587370302374692233 / July 6, 2010 1:04 AM PDT

Can't really give a lot good advice becauseof budget concerns and weight. If you don't care about budget or weight then look at the Canon 17-55IS USM, Canon 70-200L F2.8 version 2, and the Canon 100mm F2.8 macro(for your macro needs). You'll want to get a nice tripod and head for doing macro, so expect to spend quite a bit more for a nice set.

If you're budget is really enough to not be a problem, I'd really tell you to look at the Canon 5DII over the other two cameras, especially for the photography you plan on doing. I'd then tell suggest the Canon 16-35mm, 24-70mm F2.8, 70-200L F2.8 version 2, and the 100mm F2.8 macro.

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D-SLR and lenses
by hjfok / July 6, 2010 11:01 AM PDT
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The Canon 50D and 7D are for action and sports. Between the two, I definitely will pick the 7D, which has better performance in every category than the 50D.

But I agree with kalel33, the Canon 5D Mk II will suit what you say you like to shoot (Landscape, macros, birthdays/portraits,etc).

For the Canon 5D Mk II,
Canon 24-105mm f/4L IS kit lens is actually a very good general purpose lens
Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II for mid range tele
Canon 100mm f/2.8L IS macro is a great macro lens with hybrid stabilization
If you want wide angle 16-35mm f/2.8L II

The 85mm f/1.2L II is a great portrait lens but you can also use the 100mm f/2.8L IS macro or the 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II


If you decide to get the 7D (or 50D), then
Same as above except you should get the EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS for general purpose lens instead of the 24-105mm f/4L IS.

You should also get the 580ex II Speedlite, a tripod, an optional remote, a polarizing filter (B+W or Heliopan), a macro ring lite (if you are very serious about macros), a few neutral density filters (Singh-Ray), a sturdy tripod, a good camera bag to hold everything, Photoshop CS4/5.

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