A lot of people seem to be quite confused about the idea of camera “reach.” This idea relates to how much variance in magnification you actually get between different camera bodies. I thought I’d take a few minutes to clear this up once and for all. I assure you the following information explains the issue correctly. Once you’ve read and understood this post, you’ll have a perfect understanding of reach.
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For most 40D owners, the issue is simply: What has changed? I took a hard look at Canon’s specifications, press releases, and an early preview, and here’s the scoop:
Canon’s successor to the EOS40D is now a matter of public record.
The most important issue for me as an EOS40D owner is the degree of light sensitivity the new model camera offers; the 40D goes to ISO 1600 and will “push” to ISO 3200. The 50D goes to ISO 3200 and will “push” to ISO 12800, which is a huge improvement, particularly for wide-field astro photography which is an interest of mine, but also for low-light shooting in general. Higher ISO capabilities extend the range of situations any lens can be used in, a very welcome upgrade.
Among the sample images is one of a race car that was shot at ISO 1600; examining the dark areas of the shot, much less noise is evident than I would have expected based on my experience with the 40D. This is hugely encouraging.
The leak exposed a number of photos and diagrams that relate directly to the EOS50D; you can view those here, in a new flickr group I’ve created to support the camera and its users.
I shoot a lot of photographs. My preferred tool is the Canon EOS 40D, for quite a few reasons. It’s the most sophisticated camera Canon has released with an APS-C size sensor, for one thing; for another, it is just loaded with features I have found to be useful. And of course it can take terrific pictures. But, like anything, I think it could use some work. So follow the jump for my thoughts on where the camera line could go for a putative “50D” or later model.