5D Mark I or 40D?

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5D Mark I or 40D?
Nov 14, 2011

I am a part-time portrait and wedding/event photographer. My current camera/lens setup is 7D & 40D with 24-105 L, 50mm 1.4, 70-200mm f4 and a Tokina 12-24 f4.

My 40D shutter count is well over 100,000 shots now, so I am anticipating the need to replace it sooner than later. Ideally, I'd like to sell it as-is while it is working, and get something different rather than fix it.

This is what I'm thinking - give me your opinions please. Sell the 40D and 12-24 and put that money toward a used 5D Mark I (can't afford a Mark II). My thinking is that with a full frame body, I will be able to ditch the 12-24 (although I realize it is still wider on the 40D than the 24-105 is on the 5D) because the 24-105 will be wide enough on the 5D for general wedding photography and event coverage - allowing me to operate with three lenses in my kit, rather than trying to juggle four.. I have heard the 5D is superior to the 40D in image quality and high-noise performance, so the idea intrigues me.

My concerns: The 5D is over six years old - that seems ancient to me. Also, the lack of Live View and the inferior LCD screen on the back is a little worrisome. To counter that however, I could use my 7D when Live View is necessary (which isn't that often).

There is a decent looking deal on a 5D with minimal use on Ebay right now, which is what is making me think about it seriously.

Any thoughts/advice/suggestions/warnings would be much appreciated!

Thank you,


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