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50D or 24 - 105 L IS


2 Jun 2010 11:47AM
Help needed?

Birthday pressie time, my partner has told me she will buy me some camera equipment for my birthday and my budget is circa 900 (lucky me). My dilemma is either a Canon 24 - 105 L IS lens to replace my kit lens and give me a general walkabout lens or to upgrade my 350d to the 50d, however this would leave me still with the 18-55 usm sigma 70-300 and 50mm F1.8.

Any suggestions???

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User_Removed 12 2.8k 11 United Kingdom
2 Jun 2010 12:09PM
Nothing wrong with the 350D as far as I know. An upgrade to a 50D would make a difference sure, but I would go for the lens as this is more important than the box of buttons that it's attached to. Just my opinion.
Good luck with what ever you choose.

Gerry.
Freefall e2
11 675 United Kingdom
2 Jun 2010 12:37PM
Depends on what you normally shoot. The 24-105 will be sharper, higher resolution, and warmer than your current glass, but if you really need 6fps instead of 3 then different glass wont make a difference. Personally I'd go wth the glass - L's are for life Smile I upgraded the 17-85 to the 24-105L - its a superb lens & the crispness of the images is in a different league.
john64 e2
10 824 England
2 Jun 2010 12:59PM
Another vote for the lens. It's top quality. I bought one about two years ago and it only ever left my 30D when I wanted to get closer (eg. Motorsport). Since buying a 5DmkII at Focus it's permanently on there, might as well glue it on Grin
forgot to mention the 50d would be with the 17-85mm IS Lens
davey_griffo 5 213 165 England
2 Jun 2010 2:58PM
I don't use Canon, so don't know anything about the specific gear you're talking about. However, it seems to me that you have to ask yourself the question, what do I want?

If the camera is in some way inadequate (eg you blow up large & there isn't enough Mps, or there's some feature you really want that isn't on the 350d), then go for the camera.

If you want real quality in your shots, & you still haven't "outgrown" your current camera, go for the lens.

I got my first camera (a Sony a350) in the 2 lens kit, 18-70 & 55-200. The first lens I bought after this was a Zeiss 16-80mm. The change in quality from the "standard" kit lens was far more than I'd have got with a new body (which I did replace, but only for the better, stronger, faster a550, and only after I'd bought a couple more lenses).

It's a question you can only really answer yourself.
wippers 5 39 United Kingdom
2 Jun 2010 3:25PM
I use a 24-105 L on a 50D but given the choice I would go for the lens over the camera upgrade every time. This is a superb lens and like has been said, it's for life.
ade_mcfade e2
10 15.1k 216 England
2 Jun 2010 3:34PM
A body is transitory, a lens is for life Smile

Get the glass - you're 350 will produce brilliant shots with good lenses and practice
Adobecs 8 114 England
2 Jun 2010 4:30PM
Lens.
Pat.
stevie e2
11 1.2k 2 United Kingdom
2 Jun 2010 5:37PM
The 24-105 - and even if you don't like it (unlikely) you can get a lot of your money back if you sell an L lens.
Mind you, it does go well with a full frame camera.......such as the 5D........
JackAllTog e2
5 4.0k 58 United Kingdom
2 Jun 2010 8:49PM

Quote:Depends on what you normally shoot. The 24-105 will be sharper, higher resolution, and warmer than your current glass, but if you really need 6fps instead of 3 then different glass wont make a difference. Personally I'd go wth the glass - L's are for life Smile I upgraded the 17-85 to the 24-105L - its a superb lens & the crispness of the images is in a different league.

Quote:Depends on what you normally shoot. The 24-105 will be sharper, higher resolution, and warmer than your current glass, but if you really need 6fps instead of 3 then different glass wont make a difference. Personally I'd go wth the glass - L's are for life Smile I upgraded the 17-85 to the 24-105L - its a superb lens & the crispness of the images is in a different league.

Exactly, unless the 50 gives you a feature your missing, e.g. Iso performance. Or maybe video on the 550d?
I've the 400d and upgraded the 17-85 to the 24-105mm and very happy i did too. Love the lens. Though next on the wishlist is a 17-40mm or 100-400mm or the rumoured 60d for at least its size, iso and video features.
Phil1958 5 272 4 Wales
2 Jun 2010 9:26PM
Got the 24-105 on my 550D and the results are stunning, I was told that the 550 is like a baby 7D with very similar features. I also have an L lens on my 50D a 70-200 which also produces stunning results and for sports photography, it's machine gun like speed is awesome. As someone said on another forum, a lens is for life - especially L glass and last years must have camera is this years e bay bargain, speaking from experience that's so true. A second hand 24-105 fetches more now than I paid for it so I see mine as an investment and would never part with it. The 17-85 is an excellent lens as well and I have one in my bag.
17 Jun 2010 1:45PM
Currently using the 24-105 with my 5D2, but used it primarily on my 50D before that. Great lens for travelling (I rarely use telephoto), good to keep on your body most of the time.

Pros - Sharp, sharper than my 17-40 at the edges
- Versatile, 24-105mm is a good range (even more so on the full frame)
- Great build quality
Cons - 24mm isn't very wide on cropped sensors (but still tolerable)
- not internal zoom, f4 (but that's nitpicking really)

All in all the lens is one of the best decisions I've made, so I say go for it. Lens>body Smile

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