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Breaking away from Nikon to Canon.. Now the questions for Canon people..
Old 09-12-2005, 04:27 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I am ether getting the 20D OR the 5D . I am not sure what this means when they say the following in the discription..

Canon EOS 20Da, 8.2 Megapixel, SLR, Digital Camera (Camera Body), Optimized for Astrophotography

I don't think I need the extra pixels you get with the 5D. Is there another reason to buy the 5D? Would it be wise to buy the first run out of the factory ? Or should I just get the 20D and use that ?

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Re: Breaking away from Nikon to Canon.. Now the questions for Canon people..
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You don't want a Canon 20Da as that is a specialized version of the 20D and isn't going to work well for normal photography. Just look at the 20D without the little a for the specs or reviews. I use the 20D and have since the day it came out. It is a fantastic camera and 8 mp is plenty of pixels to give you super shots. Here are the full specs and reviews on the Canon 20D

http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/canoneos20d/

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Re: Breaking away from Nikon to Canon.. Now the questions for Canon people..
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I just found a Link with sample shots done with a 5D from Japan. I am sold on the 5D..It's worth the extra cash..

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Well yes, they are great photos, but you can get the exact same results with the 20D as far as the look. The big thing about more mp, is that you can make a bigger enlargement. I normally get great results at up to 16x20 with the 20D. If you normally do larger than that, then the 5D might be good. It also has a full size sensor. But keep in mind its also three times more expensive. So the question I would ask is will the photos be 3 times better. In my opinion, 90% of the time, a independent viewer will not be able to tell the difference between photos shot between the two cameras. So for the difference in price, think how many good lens you could buy. Of course the 1.6 crop factor may be the major factor, so that has to be rolled into the equation also.


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I do 20x30's with my 20D all the time. So, if he's expecting to do anything larger than 20x30 on a regular basis, I would recommend more mp. Otherwise, save the cash for the Mark II
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Re: Breaking away from Nikon to Canon.. Now the questions for Canon people..
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You do bring up a few good points. Maybe I need to relax a little and collect my thoughts. It is very easy to be sold on things that for the most part I will not need. I had a chance to use a friends Canon and when I saw the results it made me want to run out and buy one . And that was a 10D. I have people saying go for the 5D and others saying get the 20D. I am sure I could get great results with the 20D and at the same time I feel as if I might be kicking myself in a year for not getting a full frame DSLR.

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The DA is optimized for astrophotography, picks up more in the red spectrum, if I remember correctly. I too switched from Nikon, but I did it in 1972 in a far off exotic land where we shot with more than cameras, after a Nikon let me down. Haven't looked back since and CPS has always taken care of me.

5D is FF and you will retain all your focal lengths, though if it's not L glass, you might pick up your lenses bad points. Not to say all non-L glass is bad, but some of it is and I don't know your lens lineup. 20d at 1.6 factor is great, especially for long lens users.

I'm getting prints for clients up to 24 x 30 from a D60. Fellow Canon shooters at Warner Brothers were getting 20 x 30's back when they were using D30's. Either way, you can't go wrong. Good luck!

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Other than to have the latest and greatest, more megapixels and a full frame I see no benefits to the 5D over the 20D compared to the costs involved. I have a 10D and a 20D, both have been very good to me. It's all personal preference though. Get what you'll be happy with. Personally I'd save the $$ and buy some new lenses [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img] You'll get the same results as far as how good the pictures look with the 20D or even the 10D for that matter.
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Re: Breaking away from Nikon to Canon.. Now the questions for Canon people.
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I am going to think good and hard about this. I have all Nikon glass right now. I want to keep my Nikon stuff as a back up. I will be buying all new glass for the Canon. I can't believe how good the Canon body feels when shooting over my Nikon D100.

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Re: Breaking away from Nikon to Canon.. Now the questions for Canon people..
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Mike can you tell me more about the Mark II ?

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