Moving from 50D to T3i or 5D/III. Opinions.

Started Mar 28, 2012 | Discussions thread
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The Customer Contributing Member • Posts: 787
Moving from 50D to T3i or 5D/III. Opinions.


I've been trying to do concert photography in small venues (mostly available light, as flash is seldom allowed), and I'd like to branch out into portraiture. I'm presently using a 50D with a Tamron 28-75/2.8, an EF50/1.8, and an EF85/1.8 as my primary lenses.

Lately, some situations have come up where I:

Need to be able to shoot video.

Would like more breathing room at high ISOs.

Also, while I'm generally satisfied with the results I'm getting, from a lens-quality perspective, I would like to step things up a bit AND gain a little more speed.

My budget's pretty limited, so I've found myself trying to decide between these two outfits:

A 5d Mark III, with my existing lenses (assuming the Tamron still works with it).


Staying APS-C and going with a T3i with a 24mm f/1.4L and a 50mm f/1.2L.

Are there established conventions in headshot-type portraiture that should push me towards the 5D?

Will the lack of Micro Focus Adjustment (which I use on the 50D) with the T3i present any known problems with the aforementioned lenses?

Two big issues with me, as far as bodies go are: my 50D is really hurting my neck and back (esp. when I've got the Tamron AND a 580 on it); and I wouldn't mind the AF being a little more flexible. Is the T3i a dramatic step down on the AF front?

Thanks in advance!

The Customer


Canon EOS 50D Canon EOS 5D Canon EOS 5D Mark III Canon EOS 600D (EOS Rebel T3i / EOS Kiss X5)
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