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  • Compare the XSi to the 7D

    Okay, I know the obvious differences; The XSi is an entry level where the 7D is semi-pro. I know the 7D has more megapixels and can shoot more frames per second.

    What I want to know, if anyone has had experience, is the overall difference in photograph output. If I were to put an f/1.8 85mm on both bodies and take a picture of the same thing with the same settings, what differences am I going to notice?

    I need to figure out if I'm lusting after something that I really shouldn't be.
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    18-55mm : 55-250mm f/4-5.6 : 50mm f/1.8 : 85mm f/1.8
    : 35mm f/1.4L
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    • #3
      Awesome link, thanks! I guess that shows me pretty much what I was looking for.

      It doesn't really put the nail in the coffin for me though. In December I upgraded to my XSi from an Olympus E-420 (which I wasn't happy with compared to what I was seeing with the XSi images my friend was getting). But I haven't been as happy with the XSi as I thought I would be--too much muddiness.

      So of course I start dreaming about bigger and better things. And the 7D is one of those things, as well as some nice glass such as the 24mn f/1.4L, the 35mm f/1.4L and even maybe the 50mm f/1.2L (I love the primes!). But I wonder if I'd just be happier focusing on the glass for now and the body later. It's easier to attain things if you decrease the amount of things you're wanting, you know?

      I guess my main problem is, I'm not happy with the creaminess and sharpness I'm getting with the XSi, and I need to figure out if the road to fixing that means getting a new body, better lenses, or both. Lenses are a given, so it's the body I'm up in the air about as being a definite solution.
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      18-55mm : 55-250mm f/4-5.6 : 50mm f/1.8 : 85mm f/1.8
      : 35mm f/1.4L
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      • #4
        The only road to follow is that of the FULL FRAME Look for a good used 5D or spend the cash and go for the 5D mk II. Another APS-C is probably gonna yeild no better results regardless of the model other than maybe a little better processor and more megapixels.
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        • #5
          XSi with 70-200mm f2.8 L glass Straight Out of Camera NO PP at all:

          2-Canon 5D's & 1- Canon XTi 50mm f/1.8, 85mm f/1.8, 18-55mm f/3.5 Kit Lenses, Canon EF 75-300mm F4-5.6 III
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          • #6
            Originally posted by WVCoalMiner View Post
            The only road to follow is that of the FULL FRAME Look for a good used 5D or spend the cash and go for the 5D mk II. Another APS-C is probably gonna yeild no better results regardless of the model other than maybe a little better processor and more megapixels.
            Ahh, but you are implying that the glass is hugely important too based off your photo example? That's a good example of the "creaminess" and sharpness I'm looking for.
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            18-55mm : 55-250mm f/4-5.6 : 50mm f/1.8 : 85mm f/1.8
            : 35mm f/1.4L
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            • #7
              Well it sounds like funds aren't an issue, so why don't you buy a 5D and just mail me you're old camera

              A while ago, someone on here posted a link to this site which has technical comparisons of all the different sensors, which gives you an idea of how they compare.
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              • #8
                Originally posted by LauraSAnne View Post
                Ahh, but you are implying that the glass is hugely important too based off your photo example? That's a good example of the "creaminess" and sharpness I'm looking for.
                I think some L glass would suit you then. Then if it doesn't get the results you are looking for the L glass will work nicely on the 5D mk II LOL
                2-Canon 5D's & 1- Canon XTi 50mm f/1.8, 85mm f/1.8, 18-55mm f/3.5 Kit Lenses, Canon EF 75-300mm F4-5.6 III
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by junglebear View Post
                  Well it sounds like funds aren't an issue, so why don't you buy a 5D and just mail me you're old camera .
                  I wish funds weren't an issue, but they are. I'm just trying to prioritize my dream list so at least the top two or so could be tangible over the next couple of years.

                  Originally posted by WVCoalMiner View Post
                  I think some L glass would suit you then. Then if it doesn't get the results you are looking for the L glass will work nicely on the 5D mk II LOL
                  That seems to be the logical way to do it; very win win in either case.
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                  18-55mm : 55-250mm f/4-5.6 : 50mm f/1.8 : 85mm f/1.8
                  : 35mm f/1.4L
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                  • #10
                    I just have to say that I really LOVE this picture! It's a beauty! I am getting an Xsi next week and this image is making me wish I had it already!!! Love it...

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                    • #11
                      Fit your XSi with the 70-200L f/4 for right around five hundred USD. IMO its one of the sharpest lenses in the Canon L lineup and it will transfer well if you decide to go full frame in the future. I would also check the fred miranda forums when your ready to upgrade. You can find a well taken care of 5D for right around $1000. Hope this helps!
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                      • #12
                        Although i have only used a friends (I own a canon 50d) it strikes me that rebels have come on leaps and bounds in the last year and a half
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