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Sherry L. Davis
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Problems with Canon EOS 50D

I got my Canon EOS 50D about a week ago, and I am really having problems with noise and getting clear images. I am sending it back, but wanted to see if others here in BP were having the same problems with it I am. I used a tripod, and 10 sec. timer, and still most images are full of a large amount of noise and are not clear. I tried many settings and ISO's to experiment, and still the same problem. Canon said I was the first to complain about the new camera, so I am wondering if it is a common problem or just a defective camera I got. Thanks :)

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10/18/2008 5:38:56 AM

Pete H
BetterPhoto Member Since: 8/9/2005
  Hard to say Sherry.

Before sending it in and waiting forever to get it back..You might take it to a camera shop and let 'em have a look first.

all the best,


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10/18/2008 9:05:22 AM

Gregory LaGrange
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/11/2003
  Since that's their first one to go above 12,000 iso, this might be the prelude to a recall for a firmware update. Like what happened with 1D III at first and it's auto focus.
You can check through forums for the same complaints. Any in your gallery with the noise problem?

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10/19/2008 7:22:36 PM

Scott McCord   Sherry,

I just bought the 50D two days ago and I have not had any of those problems. So, I may be wrong, but I wouldn't guess it's a firmware problem because I'm sure we both have the same firmware at the moment.

In fact, my 50D is incredible with ISOs even up to 3200. I'm not seeing much noise at all at 3200. I am shooting in Raw. However, when I bumped the ISO up to the top level (12,500 I think) I obviously did notice quite a bit of noise and I was in a room so dark that I don't think any level of ISO would have produced a properly exposed photo. And 12,500 is a LOT to ask for clean images.

I think you might have an issue with your particular camera. Especially since a tripod should have allowed you to properly expose a photo in a variety of situations with no noise.

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10/29/2008 8:44:19 AM

Sherry L. Davis
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  Scott, that is great that yours is working so wonderfully! On ISO 100 mine was horrible. I did send Canon some sample prints, and they did say that it was a problem with my camera, so they let me return it! 90% of my images were full of noise.

Have fun with it. I loved it, just wish it didn't have a defect. I look forward to getting another one. :)

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10/29/2008 9:38:54 AM

Bill Wyatt
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/17/2005
  I have had the 50D since it was released. I have had no noise problems past 800ISO and acceptable up to 1600ISO. There is a firmware update available on Canons site.

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12/13/2008 6:51:34 AM

Ken Smith
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  I know of several respected BP photographers who have sent their 50D back, because of the high noise problem. In the case of two of them, they had the earlier 30D and a Mark 5 (the 50D was going to be a back-up). Common sense would say the 50D is just fine...but when three photographers I respect, report the same noise problem, then I have to think there's something to it...

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12/13/2008 11:00:54 AM

Linda D. Lester
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  I bought the 50D and sent it back within the first week. The noise was terrible!!! Even at 400 iso the noise was not good. That was the reason I bought it was to shoot sports with low noise. I'm sticking with my 5D, I know it's not the fastest but awesome with hi iso's!

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12/13/2008 12:11:50 PM

Michael Shpuntov   I was thinking about upgrade from 30D, so went to my local store twice and shoot about 200 images in total with ISO from 400 to 6400. I was so disappointed. My 30D has lower noise at ISO3200 than 50D.
Even down sampled to the 30D size images from 50D higher than ISO80 look terrible. It might not be that bad if there is enough light, but with low light noise in shadows is terrible. And this is where you exactly want 50D, in low light. I have posted the 100% crops from these images, shot in RAW and SRAW1 without any processing, except RAW/JPG conversion in CS4. I'm seriously think of staying with 30D.


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12/25/2008 4:51:49 PM

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