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Canon EOS 50D (my camera of choice)

A Review by Chris Brooks

Welcome to my review page of the new Canon EOS 50D. I have previously owned the EOS 30D and the EOS 40D which were 8 and 10 megapixels respectively. Both of which are still excellent camera's and will still do the job very nicely indeed. However in 2009 I took the step of upgrading to the new canon 50D, principly for the versitility that its 15 megapixel format allows.

Although of the firm opinion that a digital image should not be cropped unless absolutely necessary, there are occasions when it may be beneficial to do so and the 15 megapixels of the 50D allows for some cropping, without compromising the resolution.

Cropping may be necessary as dragonflies and damselflies can be difficult subjects to approach. You cannot always centre your image in the field and some species do not allow close inspection, therefore cropping can be used to create a frame filling image. Beware of cropping too much as your image will lose definition very quickly.

Canon EOS 50D Specifications

15.1 MP CMOS Sensor
6.3 FPS with up to 90 JPEG Image Burst
New DIGIC 4 Processor
ISO range up to 12800
3.0" VGA LCD with Live View
High precision wide area Auto Focus
Magnesium Alloy Body
Integrated Cleaning System
EF and EFS lens and Speedlite Flash compatabilty 

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The EOS 50D is a light weight but robust camera principly because of the magnesium alloy body, you can feel the quality as soon as you pick one up. It sits somewhere between the entry level DSLR's and the much more expensive Pro Models and can be obtained for well under £1000 which should not break the bank.

The 50D has many of the features of the professional 1D series but offers far more creativity than the less expensive entry level models. I find it ideal for dragonfly and damselfly photography as it allows for hand held shooting, especially when used in conjunction with my favourite Canon EF 100mm USM dedicated macro lens.

The auto focus is very precise and will focus on the smallest of subjects with little difficulty.

The 3" LCD screen is now much improved from that of the 40D.
It now has a higher resolution and images can be viewed from acuter angles and in brighter conditions.

Images can be reviewed easily on the screen and magnified to check on their sharpness.

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The 50D has an integrated sensor cleaning system which activates whenever you turn the camera on or off. This causes the sensor to vibrate so removing the dust and other specs from the delicate surface.

The new DIGIC 4 processor is very fast and can process your images very quickly, especially so if using a fast compact flash card like the SanDisk Extreme IV. The image will be available to review on the LCD in the blink of an eye. This combination will also allow for multipe shots to be taken in quick succession or as a burst.

Other excellent features include the picture style button which allows you to quickly access the varied pre-set functions, say for example landscape or portrait mode. It will also allow you to create your own style to suit your photography needs.

There are also many pre-sets on the top function dial which can also be very useful.

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In Conclusion, I find this an excellent camera and am looking forward to my dragonfly and damselfly photography throughout 2009 and beyond. Canon camera's have never let me down and this top quality model looks very good and will not disappoint.

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