Summary: As for an advanced amateur photografer, this camera offers great opportunities. Camera limits me in no way. It requires good lens to show great pictures. Body feels so strong and durable, lays perfect inmy hand. It's very fast in operating. Slight disadvantage is known noise level of the sensor. But if kept in mind, it won't bother you. There are much newer cameras on the market now. I tried 60d. Great camera, but feels less sturdy and pro than mine.
Excerpt: If you don't need video.. this is the one to buy. I find there is noise in the 40d and the 20d/30d/ image is almost perfect but with a slow buffer in the camers. 50d - shoot models as fast as you want at full raw - camera keeps up. I recommend it. I have two. Problems: Buy a larger - and faster CF card.
Summary: I bought the Canon EOS 50D to replace my Canon EOS 10D. I love the camera and it's build quality (magnesium alloy). Yes, it is heavy. Image quality is excellent with a good Canon lens. Very little noise in the high ISO range.
Excerpt: I love this camera! It is a little more expensive than what I normally pay for a camera. But, it is worth it! It takes great pictures. Excellent/professional quality. The only thing is that for taking lots of pictures inside where there is not much light, you really need to purchase an external flash. The camera is easy to use. Lets you choose between a manual and automatic focus. The instructional manual is easy to read and understand as well.
Excerpt: I am a Natural light portrait photographer. I have owned the Cannon 50d for about 1 1/2 years and I love it!! I a great camera !! It takes beautiful images!! The pictures are crisp and the camera is fast. Its the best crop camera out there in my opinion. I have used Nikon before and I can tell you after using the cannon, that I am a Cannon girl. My next purchase is the Cannon 5d mark II. Cannon def have a customer for lfe.