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Upgrade from Rebel XS to What?

Tom Collins , Dec 13, 2009; 10:03 p.m.

Hello everyone. I have owned my Rebel XS since August of this year and already feel like I'm ready to upgrade bodies. Biggest issue is having the auto-focus lock onto the wrong part of the image (background, instead of subject). Right now I mainly do family and children's portraits, but I also assist at weddings occasionally. I plan to get into HS senior portrait work and would love to get more into weddings. What is the next logical upgrade, body wise and what would be the benefits of the upgrade? I'm not able to spend more than about $800 right now so I'd definitely be looking at picking up something used. What does everyone recommend?



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Angel Bocanegra , Dec 13, 2009; 10:12 p.m.

Get a part time job and save enough to buy the EOS 7D.

Dan M , Dec 13, 2009; 10:12 p.m.

Before upgrading, I would try (if you have not already) changing to center-point only focusing for uses like that. With all the points operating, the camera can lock onto anything that is in focus at any point. A common approach is to use the center point and then, if you have to, keep the focus locked and re-compose.

The autofocus systems on the next step up (40D, 50D) are better, but they use a similar configuration of points. I use a 50D, which I love, but I usually do center point only.

Tom Collins , Dec 13, 2009; 10:16 p.m.

Angel, what would be the "bang for my buck" factor of going with a 7D? Do you have one?
Dan, thanks for the suggestion. I actually do this currently, I guess I just don't always lock the focus consistently while re-framing.

Angel Bocanegra , Dec 13, 2009; 10:20 p.m.

The new auto focus system will get every one of your shots 100% of the time. Plus the low light, rugged weather sealed body, and maybe video if you are into that. Its the BEST APS-C camera available right now, no matter what the other guys say.

Tom Collins , Dec 13, 2009; 10:27 p.m.

That's sounds good to me, although not too interested in video right now. I just want a camera that will perform and give me results. Are the 20 and 30D models worth looking into?

Everardo Keeme , Dec 13, 2009; 10:59 p.m.

G Dan Mitchell , Dec 13, 2009; 11:13 p.m.

Your problem with AF picking up the wrong subject is probably not going to go away with a different body. Your camera isn't even six months old - hang onto it a bit longer.


Angel Bocanegra , Dec 13, 2009; 11:14 p.m.

You can get a 30D or 20D for cheap right now. I sold my 30D excellent condition for $310 on ebay. But you will probably not see any real difference in image quality, except a different type of prosumer body. Good camera to buy by the way, the 30 that is. You get more "pro" features. Like 1/8000 shutter speed, high flash sync speed 1/250th, and many more.

Andy Collins , Dec 13, 2009; 11:15 p.m.

I have to agree with Angel. The new AF on the 7D offers you so many options to approach a wide variety of situations. Spot AF, for instance, allows me to focus on a bird's beak while it's sitting on a branch with a busy background; my 30D would have hunted and eventually focused on the background. High ISO performance is excellent. Find a way to save money and get one. That's exactly what I did, and it was worth every bit of the effort. It's an outstanding camera!

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