View Full Version : Comparison of the Canon 5d to the 50d

Rachel Foster
September 20th, 2008, 06:42 PM
I didn't see a thread addressing this directly (please point me in that direction if already discussed). What is the general consensus of the 5d vs the 50d?

Mike Shimwell
September 22nd, 2008, 06:18 AM
Hi Rachel,

I see no one has managed to address this yet.

The answer, I suspect lies in what you want. The 50D has a smaller sensor, so you'll have a narrower field of view for any given lens. The 5D a larger sensor (avoiding the potentially inflamatory 'full frame') so if you have any ef-s lenses they won't fit or work on a 5D. A new 50D will have a warranty, higher frame rates and may have better af than a secondhand 5D.

In terms of 'image quality', there isn't really enough information out there yet, but I didn't feel that the 50D sample images put online by Canon showed an advance over the 5D (I could be wrong though).


Rachel Foster
September 22nd, 2008, 07:09 AM
Oh no! I do believe I have ef-s lenses (a 55-250 IS; 60mm macro; 50 1.8 --- hoping soon to move up to a 50 1.4). The 24 105 is l series so it will fit.

I think the 5d just took a header.

Mike Shimwell
September 22nd, 2008, 01:32 PM
Hi Rachel

The 50 1.8 and 50 1.4 will both be fine, as will the 24-105 (the 5D and 24-105 are perfect partners) the 60 macro is an ef-s lens and so won't work (it's equivalent to the 100mm 2.8 macro) and I'm not sure about the 55-250.