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  1. #1
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    Smile Best low light performance - 40D,50D,D90

    I am planning to replace my 6MP Canon Rebel with a new Canon or Nikon. All of the camera/lens combinations meet my general requirements, but of particular concern to me is there low light performance - indoors, night shots, etc. If the only concern is low light performance - how would you rate the following options -
    • Canon D40 w/28-135 IS - ISO to 1600 + H1=3200
    • Canon D50 w/28-135 IS - ISO to 3200 + H1=6400,H2-12,800
    • Nikon D90 w/18-105 VR 0 ISO to 3200 + H1=6400

    (FYI - The Canon 28-135 is an existing lens, but the Nikon 18-105 would be new.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1robertkelly View Post
    I am planning to replace my 6MP Canon Rebel with a new Canon or Nikon. All of the camera/lens combinations meet my general requirements, but of particular concern to me is there low light performance - indoors, night shots, etc. If the only concern is low light performance - how would you rate the following options -
    • Canon D40 w/28-135 IS - ISO to 1600 + H1=3200
    • Canon D50 w/28-135 IS - ISO to 3200 + H1=6400,H2-12,800
    • Nikon D90 w/18-105 VR 0 ISO to 3200 + H1=6400

    (FYI - The Canon 28-135 is an existing lens, but the Nikon 18-105 would be new.)
    All 3 of these cameras are reviewed here and I would look at Jeff's reviews as they are all done in a pretty controlled involvement. You would really be splitting hairs to find a clear winner based on high ISO between the 50D and D90 alone.
    Last edited by pas49ras; 02-18-2009 at 06:24 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pas49ras View Post
    All 3 of these cameras are reviewed here and I would look at Jeff's reviews as they are all done in a pretty controlled involvement. You would really be splitting hairs to find a clear winner based on high ISO between the D50 and D90 alone.
    the d90 is a stop better than a d50, so this isnt really true.

    the d90 is a fraction better than a 40d which is a bit better than a 50d. all 3 have excellent hi iso capabilities so i wouldnt worry too much about any of them.
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    As the others have said, these three are pretty evenly matched. Look at high ISO crops here at DCR and see for yourself. I would choose one of these cameras based on other factors (size, ergonomics, speed, budget, etc.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rooz View Post
    the d90 is a stop better than a d50, so this isnt really true.
    I think there's some confusion about the naming. I think he meant 50D and not the older Nikon D50.
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    MIs-typed the model number in the text

    You are correct. I got the subject line right, but I mis-typed the text. I meant to compare Canon 40D and 50D and the Nikon D90.

    Thanks for the feedback. I had looked at Jeff's reviews and found them very informative. If they are all really close for low light work, then I will choose on the other factors.

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    I think GoneT is right. I don't understand why Canon and Nikon use a few similar digits to name their cameras? D40, D50, 40D and 50D. WTF!

    Try D700. You can't tell the difference from ISO200 to 1600.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tim11 View Post
    I think GoneT is right. I don't understand why Canon and Nikon use a few similar digits to name their cameras? D40, D50, 40D and 50D. WTF!

    Try D700. You can't tell the difference from ISO200 to 1600.
    LOL, that's quite a jump from the crop sensor cameras he's considering. The D700 is a full frame body.
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