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Old Nov 30, 2011, 8:50 PM   #1
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I'm no professional photographer, I'm more of an ammeter, but I'm improving. For the past year or so I've owned a Canon Rebel XS, and the last few months I have been looking for a possible upgrade.
I have stumbled upon a used Canon 50D with 3 lenses (10-22 IS, 17-85 IS, and 28-135 IS). It's obvious this a an improvement from my Rebel XS, but I want to get some advice before I make the purchase, especially because I know sometimes your images can improve due the the type of lens and not camera.


I should also add, a friend of mine has asked me to do some engagement photos, and I think if I upgrade this will improve the photos, especially with my 50mm lens.
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I have a 50D with the 28-135, but I've never used a XS. Not sure exactly what your question is? The 28-135 is Ok, not tops. But if you can get this 50D with both the 10-22 and 17-85 for a good price, that would be sweet.

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I basically want to know if it would be worth my $$ to upgrade to the 50D, or if I should should just keep my Rebel for now and maybe look more into investing in more lenses for better image quality.
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Do you know the owner of the 50D? Have you tested the 50D? I had a very bad expenses with getting a used Cannon 30D earlier this year that was purchased slight unseen and tested and I had to fight to get it returned since it didn't work as well as I wanted it to. Buy used slight unseen and tested is a risk and you should make sure you are able to quickly and easily return it and get your full money back if needed.

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I basically want to know if it would be worth my $$ to upgrade to the 50D, or if I should should just keep my Rebel for now and maybe look more into investing in more lenses for better image quality.
"Worth my $$" depends in part on how many $$. What is the price tag of your counter strategy?

If you enjoy camera operation for itself, the 50D will be more enjoyable, more worthwhile. If you always shoot Manual mode in RAW Neutral, and don't use Continuous bursts (ie the camera is a dumb tool), then the XS gets the job done.

The 10-22 and 17-85 are nice lenses already. So not getting the 50D body means you have the $$ to add one more lens to your collection?

With used gear there are always lots of options. What is most worthwhile for you is up to you.

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The 50D is certainly an upgrade over the XS...in every department... a very fine camera.
With the lenses supplied,that's a nice bit of kit indeed..!
Assuming the camera/lenses are in good order,comes from someone you know/trust or a reputable seller- and maybe comes with some form of warranty... then assuming it's for a good price- sounds good.
Do you feel the XS is limiting you in some area..or maybe your lenses..?
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Thanks for the advice, but the camera has already been sold.

I'm very happy with my XS except I would like to see a crisper/sharper images produced by it.
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Thanks for the advice, but the camera has already been sold.

I'm very happy with my XS except I would like to see a crisper/sharper images produced by it.
What lenses are you currently using with your XS?
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From what I've seen the,XS is capable of producing pretty crisp shots.
Maybe the lens IS your limiting factor...
As dr-spock asks- what lens are you currently using..?
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What lenses are you currently using with your XS?
18-55 & I have a 55-200 but I hardly use it since it's a zoom.
I know the 18-55 isn't that great of a lens, it's just the kit lens. I'm waiting for Santa to bring me a 50mm
Any other ideas for lenses that would give me crisper images?
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