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Best Body To Mate To My Sigma 50-500  
User currently offlineYVRLTN From Canada, joined Oct 2006, 2955 posts, RR: 0
Posted (3 years 3 months 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 6403 times:

My venerable Canon EOS Rebel XT is coming up 7 years old and showing signs of needing replacement, no complaints after half a million trouble free shots.

My main lens is a Sigma 50-500 (unfortunately non IS) and I also use a Sigma 18-200 and a Canon 18-55, obviously all with Canon mounts so I wish to stick to Canon.

I am not exactly looking to upload photos to a.net, really all I want is decent enough shots to share with the flickr community, but primarily for my own hobby which is more of recording the memory of the unusual aircraft, more than the photography itself if that makes sense. I also use it a lot for general photography at weekends and for vacations. I try to be a little artistic with my shots, particularly with the range of the Bigma allowing you to snap away just because you can, but Im not a tech guy and I want something as simple to operate as possible without too many functions and long menus to get my small brain around.

Ideally I want an inbuilt flash as I dont want to have to pay for one as well as the camera at this point and I do use it indoors (weddings / conferences / dark warehouses / inside shipping containers etc) a fair bit, but this is not a deal breaker.

Budget - I dont want to spend crazy money for the latest and greatest just because it is the latest and greatest, as it is only a hobby and not an a.net standard one at that, anything on sale today will be better than my 7 year old model (I am hoping anyway), but I am willing to spend middle of the range and beyond prices if it will last be another 7 years of near daily use as I believe in you get what you pay for and I also want make the most of my Bigma.

Bearing all that in mind and the strengths and weaknesses of the Bigma (needs light etc...) what body do you recommend?

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User currently offlinedazbo5 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2005, 2962 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (3 years 3 months 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 6386 times:

Quoting YVRLTN (Thread starter):
Bearing all that in mind and the strengths and weaknesses of the Bigma (needs light etc...) what body do you recommend?

I've been using the Bigma on a 50D for the past 4 years and a 350D for 2 years prior to that. It really comes down to what you want from the camera. In all honestly, from what you describe, you may not get much of a benefit from upgrading the body. You'll get a few more pixels (not that it makes a lot of difference), slightly better noise performance and a few extra buttons and options if you go for say a 600D or 650D. I went for the 50D at the time as it's a better balance with the larger body on a big lens like the Bigma and faster frame rate. If you did want an upgrade body, a 60D is worth looking at but if your budget won't go quite that far, a 600D or 650D will fit the brief. Just go down to your local Canon dealer and have a feel of them.


Equipment: 2x Canon EOS 50D; Sigma 10-20 EX DC HSM, 50-500 EX APO DG, Canon 24-105 f/4 L, Speedlite 430EX
User currently offlineepten From Macedonia, joined Sep 2007, 200 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (3 years 3 months 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 6317 times:

I'd say go for a second-hand physically bigger sensor. You can snatch a 5D in a good condition under 500 eur (under $700) and the bigger sensor will make a difference.

No point "upgrading" to a same sensor size imo.

User currently offlineChukcha From Australia, joined Mar 2006, 2054 posts, RR: 6
Reply 3, posted (3 years 3 months 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 6312 times:
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Quoting epten (Reply 2):
I'd say go for a second-hand physically bigger sensor...

No point "upgrading" to a same sensor size imo.

Yeah, right, and then he could just throw his Sigma 18-200 and Canon 18-55 in the rubbish bin, as they will not work on a full frame camera.

User currently offlineFYODOR From Russia, joined May 2005, 716 posts, RR: 12
Reply 4, posted (3 years 3 months 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 6308 times:

I have opposite experience from Darren's.

It was quite a long time ago, however my Bigma started to work with Canon30D much better than with 350D. Focus especially.


User currently offlinemegatop412 From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 341 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (3 years 3 months 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 6286 times:

Half a million shots on the XT! That is awesome

If I shot Canon I would go with a 50D, I've heard lots of good things about it

User currently offlinevikkyvik From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 12151 posts, RR: 24
Reply 6, posted (3 years 3 months 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 6275 times:

Quoting epten (Reply 2):
No point "upgrading" to a same sensor size imo.

I'd say that might be true, if you were strictly upgrading for image quality reasons. Myself, I upgraded from a 1000D to a 50D because I wanted a larger ISO range, larger buffer, faster shooting, control wheel, and probably some other stuff I don't remember anymore. Image quality does happen to be improved as well, but that wasn't my major concern.

Quoting megatop412 (Reply 5):
Half a million shots on the XT! That is awesome


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