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Deborah Liperote
BetterPhoto Member Since: 2/8/2006
 

What camera do I purchase?????


I am a not a pro but have decided to put more time and money in going that route. I have done (for free)peoples senior pictures, family portraits and 2 weddings. I have a canon 35 mm eos elan. Just a year ago I bought a little canon supershot 60 digital just to see if I could make the jump to the digital world...I CAN!!! So now I want to buy a camera with obviously more features. I seem to like canon and I do have some lens from my eos elan that I could use if I stay with canon. I've been looking at the eos 20d, it has 8.2 mega pix and also the eos 5d with 12.8 mega pix. are those good choices, if so, which one. does the mega pix. count the most or is there something I'm not "focusing on" (no pun intended) HELP!!!


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2/10/2006 9:27:21 AM

 
Craig m. Zacarelli
BetterPhoto Member Since: 2/3/2005
  mega pix do count... a little. *mp is probably way more than you need, unles you plan on doing posters from your shots. The 20D is a great camera and the 5D is great to. The 20d has a smaller sensor so there will be cropping on the images.. the 5d is full frame, the sensor is about the same size as a piece of 35mm film so the shots would closley resemble what youd get from the elan. But for the price, the 20 may be all you need and if it werent for the full frame and higher MP count, the 5 d wouldnt be worth the extra $$$$. The smaller sensor on the 20d will crop out at 1.6 so your lenses will be a bit smaller than the full frame or 35MM but, if your diong birds / wild life.. its a good thing, if your doing landscapes, youd probably want to 5d for its wider view.
hope this helped.
Craig-


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2/10/2006 9:41:37 AM

 
Deborah Liperote
BetterPhoto Member Since: 2/8/2006
  Hey Craig thanks for your response, totally heplful. I checked out your gallery and you have lots of beautiful shots. I'm just a baby with all of this so check back with my gallery as I mature.


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2/10/2006 10:52:55 AM

 
Kerry L. Walker   For the price difference between the 20D & the 5D you could easily get a wider lens.


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2/10/2006 12:27:17 PM

 
Deborah Liperote
BetterPhoto Member Since: 2/8/2006
  Thanks Kerry for your comment. So then, do you feel that higher m.p. is not so important? Because now they even have 16.9 m.p. And I'm afraid that I will be buying a camera that will be outdated(technology wise) before I even get it out of the box. Last year I bought a canon...5 m.p. and that's out of date. Technology is just so crazy. It's hard to know when to just take a bite and be happy with what cha got, you know?


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2/10/2006 12:42:42 PM

 
Kerry L. Walker   No matter what you buy, it will be outdated soon, technology wise. However, that does not mean your old camera won't still do a great job. My 35mm film camera is 26 years old and does an even better job now than then for two reasons. Film has improved and I have improved.

The difference between 8.2 mp and 12.8 is really not that great.


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2/10/2006 12:49:47 PM

 
John C. Schwentner
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/24/2004
  Hello Kerry, I liked your answer because I agree. The lens is as much if not more than megapixels in importance. To grow, yes forget the point and shoots, get one of the slrs so you can expand with lens quality. The expensive 5d is full frame, which Im pretty sure is as much mp as one would ever need as its exactly equal now to 35mm which is the standard. However, the smaller ccds of the 20d and the xt while both 8.2 mp are engineered to make up the difference. My point is only that even with heavy cropping, it would be hard if not impossible to tell the difference between a portrait taken with an 8 mp or a 13.7 machine with the naked eye. Like Kerry says, I doubt you will ever have to upgrade again based on picture quality unless you would want newer bells and whistles. I would get either an XT or if you have that kind of money, the 5d, but in either case, ya gotta have a lens that will do justice to those mps.


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2/16/2006 3:35:38 AM

 
Deborah Liperote
BetterPhoto Member Since: 2/8/2006
  Hey thanks John for your guidance and I have made my decision. 20d it is!


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2/16/2006 6:57:06 AM

 
John C. Schwentner
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/24/2004
  And a good choice it is!! I almost bought the 20d, but went for the XT because it is slightly smaller and lighter, but I havent found any feature on it that would justify buying the 20d. the burst rate on the 20d is a litle more but its not a big factor for me. 14 burst is more than I would ever need. The 20d has a better built magnesium alloy body which is nice, but the carbon XT really looks pro and feels good too. bottom line is either Cam will do the same job, but xT is more affordable.


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2/16/2006 11:39:00 AM

 
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