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A digital Christmas?

20 Oct 2007 11:29PM
by Christmas I may bite the bullet and buy a digital SLR.
The camera I'm considering is the Canon 5D, but a second choice would be the Canon 40D. Can anyone suggest which camera I go for? My current SLR is a Canon EOS 3. I assume I shall be undertaking a steep learning curve. Is the manual for the 5D easy to understand?

I already have L glass which I'm sure is compatible with the 5D. 17 -40 L zoom, 24 - 135 L zoom, 100 - 400 L zoom and a 1.4 extender.

My main interest in photography is landscape and I'm experimenting with macro. The images I've seen on EPZ taken with a 5D are truly inspiring.


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andytvcams Plus
15 10.4k 1 United Kingdom
21 Oct 2007 12:17AM

Quote:Is the manual for the 5D easy to understand?

Very easy and the 5D is a good choice.
mjsayles Plus
11 1.0k
21 Oct 2007 12:18AM

Quote:The images I've seen on EPZ taken with a 5D are truly inspiring.

The 5D is a great camera, but remember, it's the photographer that makes the inspiring images, not the 5D!
21 Oct 2007 12:25AM

you've seen my portfolio eh? Smile

Perhaps I'd better dust off my Fed 4L and go back to basics!! Ha ha! Smile

mjsayles Plus
11 1.0k
21 Oct 2007 12:31AM
I havent seen your portfolio, no.

I stand by my comments tho!
jondf Plus
11 2.7k
21 Oct 2007 12:58AM
The glass you have would work well with either camera. If landscapes, portraits and architecture are your thing, the 5d would be good. If action/sports type shots are your thing, the 40d would be good because it has a longer focal reach than full frame cameras and a faster consecutive shot speed. Ultimately it's your choice but as said above, it's the person behind the camera that counts. Some of the world's greatest images were shot with the most basic of cameras and what's more, the majority of them were on film. Likewise, on this website you'll find pro-standard amateurs getting stunning results with what could be termed 'old hat' equipment.
chrissd Plus
12 304 United Kingdom
21 Oct 2007 5:10AM
5D the image quality just blows me away Smile
21 Oct 2007 9:03AM
Ive got the Olympus E150 and its a good camera once you get the hang of it

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