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I have been thinking about selling my trusty 40d and buying a second hand 5d mk1 as I would like to move up to a full frame camera but I am on a tight budget hence the second hand camera. I already have 3 L series lenses so hope the new camera will compliment them. What are people's thoughts on this?
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Only do it if you think you definitely need full frame.
You could get the likes of a Sigma 10-20 lens in order to shoot wider angles with your current body.
I have the 5D2 and I do like that I can use the 24-105L as a walkaround lens but I initially went full frame so that I could use my 17-40 indoors and get more in. My previous body (1DMkII) didn't crop as much as your 40D so the 10-20 wasn't an option with it.
I would stay with the 40D unless you print large or shoot a lot of low light stuff and don't like the level of noise. Do you have an option to try the 5D before you buy - if so take some photos and load them onto the screen to see how they look.
Yep I too have the Sigma 10-20 lens and wouldn't be with out it and also have the 24-105, its just that i have read reviews about the increase in pic quality you get with a full frame camera this is why I am considering it. I have seen some 2nd hand 5d mk1's for about £450 to £500 so might get one and have my 40d as a back up.
I have a 5D and 40D and am looking to replace them both... trying to decide between 6D and 7D.....
Beware that 5D is quite old now and 2nd hand one may be well knackered....
I had a 40D with a 15-85mm canon lens as a walkabout and 10-20mm Sigma for landscapes. I swapped this for a 5DMk2 with 24-105mmL as a walkabout and a 17-40mmL for landscapes. The jury is quite definitely still out on whether it was worth the money, particularly with the decidedly hit and miss focussing on the 5D Mk2/24-105mm combination hand held at lower light levels. The noise levels are definitely better at low light but I am getting a lot of shots out of focus, probably me not the camera, but it didn't happen with the 40D combination.
The 5D MK2 is supposedly better than the MK1 so I would save your money if I were you.
I don't think there's going to be as much difference in higher sensitivities as you might expect. The 5D is now a very old design and not a stellar performer at higher sensitivities when compared with today's cameras. Indeed the specification shows it only goes up to ISO 3200 in extended mode - the same as your 40D. It may just have the edge there, but it will easily be outclassed by any more relatively recent APSc or 4/3 camera in that regard.
The only clear difference/advantages [in some circumstances] are tighter depth of field control and more options in achieving wide angles as you get the 'natural' field of view - but as ChrisL has already points out, that will also knock out the use of your Sigma 10-20 as it either won't mount or else give a vignetted imaging circle on the sensor - cutting the effective resolution down by a significant amount.
A few months ago I decided to try full frame and although intending to get a 5D I ended up with a 1Ds mk1, it only has a tiny LCD and anything above 800iso is unusable but the quality of the images especially the tonality more than makes up for that,I would say go for it
Quote: The only clear difference/advantages [in some circumstances] are tighter depth of field control
As in what.
Paul tighter depth of field control allows a photographer more control of how much a subject is in focus compared to the background and other distractions.
Yes - in terms of creative control it's an advantage, but in some circumstances [for example when there isn't much light and you want all your image in focus: like landscapes with foreground detail or when you want to do a group shot with the country house behind in focus (not a problem today)] it can be a disadvantage.
It's nice to have the options and some compacts have tricks in software to fudge around the poor capability in this respect.
Quote: Paul tighter depth of field control allows a photographer more control of how much a subject is in focus compared to the background and other distractions
This is the bit that is confusing me, a full frame camera will give you more depth of field at any given aperture compared to a crop sensor camera fitted with the same lens, but your saying that it gives you tighter control of shallow dof, it wont.
Surely a smaller sensor gives you greater DOF? Hence why my G12 only goes down to F8...
Yeh but your not fitting that G12 with a dslr lens are you
Go and check a dof calculator,
Compare you 5d against one of your crop dslr`s using the same lens.
This is what I`m getting at.
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