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    Default Nikon D90 vs Canon 50D

    I am thinking about moving away from the Sony A200 and looking at the D90 or the 50D, has anyone used both these cameras?

    One big reason for changing is the noise at higher ISO's as this has been a problem when in low light shots with the A200. How good are the D90 and 50D at high ISO's?

    Most of what I have read is biased towards one brand or the other.
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    IMO canon screwed the poock with high ISO noise on the 50D with the 15mp. The 40D is superior. They've addressed it with the 500D by using better noise reduction and a weaker colour filter.

    I guess check out DP reviews review of both and have a look at the noise characteristics, canon and Nikon tend do have 'different' (chroma vs colour) noise.
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    Canon 5DmkII, 400L, Canon 17-40L, Canon 24mmf3.5 TS-E, Canon 70-200f2.8L, Tamron 90mm SP AF Di f2.8 Macro, Sigma 50mmf1.4 EX HSM, Nissin Di866 flash, Manfrotto 190xprob & Markins Q3t head, Lee filters, Lowepro Flipside 400AW, Yong Nuo rf 602 triggers.


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    Thanks for the link, that a cool site
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    Take it with a pinch of salt tho and along with other reviews and make sure you check out the 'print' page of SNR too.
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    Just read that there could be a Sony A800 and with better noise control and possibly full frame, so now I will have to wait and see if that comes out this year... So many choices!
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    As Rob says, I have also seen reports of the 50D being a backward step over the 40D. I have also heard the historical Nikon noise problems have been well and truely fixed. Then there is the Nikon CLS which has real advantages over Canon's e-TTL - did you know you can trigger Nikon SB speedlights remotely via the built in flash, and retain full i-TTL functionality?

    I've never really used Nikon gear, and I really like the controls and layout of Canon, so won't ever change now.

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    Nikon for a long time stuck with CCD sensors which were pants, they've got with the CMOS (mostly) now and thats why they've caught up some.

    Nikons flash system is seen to be better as is the nikons having an AF assist lamp (other than the flash).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Photocol View Post
    I am thinking about moving away from the Sony A200 and looking at the D90 or the 50D, has anyone used both these cameras?

    One big reason for changing is the noise at higher ISO's as this has been a problem when in low light shots with the A200. How good are the D90 and 50D at high ISO's?

    Most of what I have read is biased towards one brand or the other.
    www.dpreview.com does in depth reviews and comparisons . they compared the 50D to a D300 [ similar to D90 image quality ] and the 50D has worse noise . http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/canoneos50d/page17.asp
    just too many pixels for a dx sensor .
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    Default I vote for D90 over 50D

    (not that I am a self D90 by the way) D90 has slightly better image quality over D300 - for full frame, I will vote for Canon 5D mkII over Nikon D700, noise control with Canon VS Nikon is a hard one since they have different systems to deal with "noise"
    the family have [U]Nikon[/U] AF20 2.8D MF24 3.5D PC-E AF35 2D AF50 1.4D AF85 1.4D AF135 f2D DC AF180 f2.8D AF18-35D AF24-85G AF70-180 micro AF70-200 VR grey AF16-85 VR AF70-300VR SB800 D90+MB-D80 D700+MB-D10 and my favourite FE+MD12 [U]Others[/U] Canon S90 for our little daughter cables, filters, tripod, ring flash and my personal vintage collection of around 60 film cameras (mostly Kodak) and boxes of accessories plus more?

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    They have different (chroma vs colour) noise typicaly. And also typicaly they never realy go head to head on competing either.

    I thnk you have to handle them. I love the D300 technicaly but its sensor isnt that clean, a D700 would be a wonder, but then I dont get on with all those knobs and switches and buttons.
    Canon 5DmkII, 400L, Canon 17-40L, Canon 24mmf3.5 TS-E, Canon 70-200f2.8L, Tamron 90mm SP AF Di f2.8 Macro, Sigma 50mmf1.4 EX HSM, Nissin Di866 flash, Manfrotto 190xprob & Markins Q3t head, Lee filters, Lowepro Flipside 400AW, Yong Nuo rf 602 triggers.


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