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10/11/2008 07:02:19 PM · #1
My local camera store had their annual sale today. I went to by the canon 1.4x extender II. When I got there, they had reps from all the major manufacturers there. Among other neat toys, I held a 50D in my hand. I asked if they had them in stock (they did), but though better of it and left the store.

When I got home, I couldn't stand it, all I could think about was the 50D. So after about an hour of deliberation, I drove back to the store, and the rest is history: I now own a 50D. I'm so excited. Its late now, but will go out shooting tomorrow.
10/11/2008 07:12:34 PM · #2
Congrats on the new toy. I'm in the same boat. Trying to justify buying the Pentax K20D.
10/11/2008 07:16:59 PM · #3
Impulse buying, eh? Tsk, tsk...

So, did you buy the 1.4x TC or just the 50D? :D


10/11/2008 07:17:20 PM · #4
We need an audio feature on this site so we can embed an MP3 of an evil laugh everytime this happens.
10/11/2008 07:19:43 PM · #5
both...hence bankruptcy. lol.
10/11/2008 07:52:35 PM · #6
ohohohohohoh tell all, how much did it cost, whats it like, whats brilliant, whats the sharpness like on it, what did you name it, did you cover it in a blanket to keep warm at night???
10/11/2008 08:58:38 PM · #7
Since it was a sale, I got a great deal on it - $1,379.99 before tax, I elected, for better or for worse, for the MACK the year accidental damage protection plan. something like 1,660 when the dust settled.

My previous camera was the trust 20D, so this is a huge step up. This may sound a bit amaturish, But I'm psyched for the screen the one on the 20D is tiny by comparison. Also I "live near" a 50' HDTV, so the HDMI out is huge, I can't wait to see that looks like. I'll try to post a few photos tomorrow, when I take it for its first real spin.

I really want to put the high-iso performance to the test, I haven't figured out how I want to do that yet.
10/11/2008 09:02:59 PM · #8
Originally posted by sjl2116:

Since it was a sale, I got a great deal on it - $1,379.99 before tax, I elected, for better or for worse, for the MACK the year accidental damage protection plan. something like 1,660 when the dust settled.

My previous camera was the trust 20D, so this is a huge step up. This may sound a bit amaturish, But I'm psyched for the screen the one on the 20D is tiny by comparison. Also I "live near" a 50' HDTV, so the HDMI out is huge, I can't wait to see that looks like. I'll try to post a few photos tomorrow, when I take it for its first real spin.

I really want to put the high-iso performance to the test, I haven't figured out how I want to do that yet.


Congrats! I am sure you are going bazooka by now waiting for the sun to come up:-)

I will wait for the first pics...
10/11/2008 09:05:12 PM · #9
You know it's threads like this that create a viral effect and soon we are all bankrupt!

*returns to his happy place chanting "must resist must resist"*

ps: You're a better man than me, Steve - I never would've made it out of the store. Congrats!
10/11/2008 09:08:34 PM · #10
Originally posted by Prash:

Congrats! I am sure you are going bazooka by now waiting for the sun to come up:-)


Sun? Who needs sun when you have that kind of high ISO performance. Next weeks challenge should be "pitch black" I predict CharlieBaker to ribbon.
10/11/2008 09:09:28 PM · #11
Originally posted by sjl2116:

I really want to put the high-iso performance to the test, I haven't figured out how I want to do that yet.

That's easy. Go shoot in a cave. :)

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10/11/2008 09:34:37 PM · #12
Congrats! I got my 50D yesterday and am going to give it a good field test tomorrow. But from the few shots I've snapped so far, the lower ISO settings are great. ISO 12800 is noisy as all hell - but that's to be expected. (Actually, it looks somewhat the way ISO 1600 used to look on my G9 and old 300D - come a long way since then, haven't we?)
10/11/2008 09:55:01 PM · #13
I figured given how the economy is going, I want to be bankrupt on my terms.

I hope I don't start a rant on politics *crosses fingers and hides*...
10/12/2008 11:46:56 AM · #14
LOL impulse buying FTW!
10/12/2008 01:06:08 PM · #15
Let me know how you like to focusing of it. And no, I do not need a new camera. What I'm waiting for, should they come out with one, is one that lets you choose two of the many focus spots - say one in the center AND one on the right. When they figure that out, I'll buy. :-)

Congrats! (I am indeed horribly envious.)
10/12/2008 01:53:07 PM · #16
Originally posted by Melethia:

Let me know how you like to focusing of it. And no, I do not need a new camera. What I'm waiting for, should they come out with one, is one that lets you choose two of the many focus spots - say one in the center AND one on the right. When they figure that out, I'll buy. :-)

Congrats! (I am indeed horribly envious.)


The film camera I have has a DEP mode (not A-DEP) which allows you to do something similar. The first press of the shutter button focuses on one point, the second on another and the third has the camera set the appropriate aperture to achieve the DOF you've selected and sets the shutter speed accordingly.

If only they'd have kept that and not changed it to A-DEP.
10/12/2008 03:02:22 PM · #17
Mostly what I want is the ability to have two focus points "ready" on my camera. I do almost all my shooting in a rather impromptu fashion. Currently I leave the camera focus on the center point, but have to recompose after achieving focus. Very hard to do with the 10-22 on if I wish to have the focal point closer to the sides of the frame. I'm just not fast enough to change from the center to the left or the center to the right focal points. Maybe something that toggles between those three instead of all 9 or whatever? I should read about custom functions.... for all I know this may exist.
10/12/2008 03:15:14 PM · #18
The glamour

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is there a rogue button on the D20 you can choose a function for, Deb. There's one like that on the D200. :)
10/12/2008 03:15:37 PM · #19
Originally posted by Melethia:

Mostly what I want is the ability to have two focus points "ready" on my camera. I do almost all my shooting in a rather impromptu fashion. Currently I leave the camera focus on the center point, but have to recompose after achieving focus. Very hard to do with the 10-22 on if I wish to have the focal point closer to the sides of the frame. I'm just not fast enough to change from the center to the left or the center to the right focal points. Maybe something that toggles between those three instead of all 9 or whatever? I should read about custom functions.... for all I know this may exist.


Does the multi-way controller thingy help here? On my camera, I can move away from the centre focus point and then click the multi-way jobbie and it reverts to the centre point. When I click it again, it goes back to the other focus point. Repeated clicks serve to toggle between the two.
10/12/2008 03:18:11 PM · #20
I'm in a lazy mood - I was hoping someone who currently shoots with a 30D would already know the answer to this dilemma. Or if the 50D can do it. Though I would indeed prefer it if the 30D would, since it's still a fine little camera and I'm on a serious conservation/don't buy new things/get rid of unused things kinda kick at the moment. Ground up all my charge cards but one, and am contemplating taking all my cash out of my bank in small but regular increments and keeping it in my mattress....
10/12/2008 03:20:57 PM · #21
The AF seems to be blazin' compared to my 20D, when using the 70-200 F4L IS and the 1.4 extender. When I try other lenses, I will lest you guys know.

I read the manual, and there doesn't appear to be a way to select 2/more focus points, the selection procedure is nearly identical to the 20D.
10/12/2008 05:12:48 PM · #22
Hi Melethia

You can make the joystick control the focus points (use custom functions). When activated it allows you to use the joystick to move the focus point to any of the nine points by moving the joystick in that direction. To get back to the center simply press the joystick.

Is this what you are after?

10/12/2008 05:17:29 PM · #23
That I will have to try. Gotta be a bit quicker than running through them all with the thumbwheel! (Note to self - find the stupid manual.... learn to use custom functions. And you call yourself a geek...)
10/12/2008 05:53:26 PM · #24
I tend to do the same as yourself, Deb. I use the center point and then recompose. Sometimes that also throws off the metering. I'll use the focuspoints when I am doing tripod work and recomposing is the greater hassle.
10/13/2008 03:51:07 PM · #25
Originally posted by RamblinR:

Hi Melethia

You can make the joystick control the focus points (use custom functions). When activated it allows you to use the joystick to move the focus point to any of the nine points by moving the joystick in that direction. To get back to the center simply press the joystick.

Is this what you are after?

There's a custom function that lets the multicontroller (joystick, as [user]Ramblin[/user] called it) do this without having to push any other buttons. I have mine set this way - makes choosing the focus point really fast and easy.
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