40D, 50D or 5D (Mk 1) from XT

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40D, 50D or 5D (Mk 1) from XT
Oct 19, 2008

I've ruled out the 5D (Mk 2) since I can't justify the cost for a hobby. So that leaves me with 3 choices: 40D, 50D or a used 5D for about $1500. From what I've read, I can't decide if the IQ and noise characteristics of the 50D and 5D (I) are close or not. Would it make sense to get the 5D (Mk 1) over the 50D?

If the 50D is only a small incremental improvement over the 40D in terms of ISO characteristics and IQ, then the 40D would be very attractive and leave me with more money for some nice glass (I'm eyeing the 200mm 2.8 and a couple of other lenses).

What would those of you who have used the 40D, 50D and 5D suggest?

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