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EOS 50D SLR Digital Camera Kit with Canon 28-135mm IS Lens
 
4.8

(based on 351 reviews)

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    (62)

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99%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Large clear LCD (299)
  • Easy to use (272)
  • Fast shutter speed (263)
  • Image stabilization (226)
  • Good image quality (219)

Cons

  • Heavy (37)
  • Short battery life (19)
  • Noisy at high ISO (16)
  • Poor in low light (16)
  • Loud (10)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (233)
  • Travel (203)
  • Low light (126)
  • Sports/action (118)
  • Wildlife (116)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (170), Semi-pro photographer (101), Casual photographer (53), Pro photographer (22)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (53)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Impressive upgrade to a great line

I am a product photographer and I really appreciate the thought that Canon has put into the 20D-50D line of cameras. To be able to shoot tethered to a laptop, and now to...Read complete review

I am a product photographer and I really appreciate the thought that Canon has put into the 20D-50D line of cameras. To be able to shoot tethered to a laptop, and now to see a live view on that laptop's screen, allows me to move my subjects on the set while I see them on my screen. This means that I can avoid jumping back and forth between the set and the viewfinder when posing my subjects, and my clients save the expense of an assistant.

Of course there are many other less esoteric things to recommend this camera as well. The image quality is great, though some reviews say some compromises were made to get the 15MP. Canon's chips are known for their noise-free images and this one is no exception. The controls are well thought out and while the interface will take some getting used to it seems to accommodate all the new features in elegant fashion. And there are many of them, aimed at amateurs and pros alike. One of the big challenges of owning this camera is figuring out which features matter to you and which don't. And at times the settings for all those features can get in the way, though Canon has tried to address that in the interface and controls.

Canon, and let's face it Nikon too, have set the bar so high that I don't even have to mention things like shutter lag and build quality (this body feels solid and sturdy). We take it all for granted, as we should I suppose.

So there have to be some negatives right? Here are mine, but I haven't worked with the camera much yet:
Still no shutter for the viewfinder, alas we continue to suffer the silly little rubber cover. I just use gaffer's tape.

The Digital Photo Professional and EOS utility, though full of most every feature you'd want and much improved from the days of the 20D, still sports a nightmarish interface with some strange behaviors that spawn window after window with no way to manage them all.

I don't know if it's the 28-135mm kit lens or the CMOS sensor but I am seeing a lot of chromatic aberration, or magenta/cyan fringing on the borders between light and dark areas in the images. I'll do some testing with another lens when I have a minute.

But overall this is an amazing camera and I thank Canon for offering all this capability and quality in what is still not considered a true professional camera. All I can say is my clients are happy, and so am I.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Less than expected

I have a 20d and a 40d, and I expected the 50d, with it's per-lens focus adjust, higher resolution lcd, live contrast focus, etc. to be a step up. Problem is,...Read complete review

I have a 20d and a 40d, and I expected the 50d, with it's per-lens focus adjust, higher resolution lcd, live contrast focus, etc. to be a step up. Problem is, those features come with what I think is worse color noise than the 40d. Yes, with default jpeg noise reduction, the 50d noise at iso 1600 looks much like the 40d at iso 800 -- but the 40d doesn't use noise reduction at iso 800 to achieve that level of noise. So, not only does the 50d loose some of its' sensor resolution increase over the 40d by requiring additional noise reduction, but if your flow uses raw, there is more processing time for the 50d raws just to apply the default noise processing that wasn't necessary with the 40d. Even if I force the 50d to limit iso to 800 [loosing the advantage of auto iso], it doesn't seem quite as good as the 40d at 800.

Bottom line, great features, but seems, despite the description of the new sensor higher light gathering lens structure, it may have been a better product with a lower resolution sensor to keep the sensor noise under control.

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5.0

Great body, Great price

By jmeeksphoto

from Central Ohio

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
  • Fast Shutter Speed
  • Good Image Quality
  • High ISO Performance
  • Large Clear LCD

Cons

  • Short Battery Life

Best Uses

  • Family Photos
  • Indoors/Low Light
  • Landscape/Scenery
  • Travel
  • Weddings/Events

Comments about EOS 50D SLR Digital Camera Kit with Canon 28-135mm IS Lens:

I bought this as a upgrade from an XSi. I already knew that I wanted a 50d, having used one before. I love the layout, the weight is perfect, and the digic4 is awesome. I will use this for weddings, portraits, and everyday. The 6.3fps and ISO noise control are the reasons I purchased this in the first place. Being able to use a slower zoom indoors without a flash is a great thing. AF at 2.8 and larger is great, especially with my 50 f1.4. The XSi had some trouble below 2.8, but the 50d is spot on and fast.

  • Ease of Operation:
  • 10
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5.0

Works like new

By Tom

from Severna Park, MD

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
  • Fast Shutter Speed
  • High ISO Performance

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Sports/Action
    • Travel

    Comments about EOS 50D SLR Digital Camera Kit with Canon 28-135mm IS Lens:

    This refurbished Canon 50d and 28-135 lens came packaged as if new. Works great, have not had any problems. [...]

    • Ease of Operation:
    • 9
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    5.0

    I would buy this camera again

    By Paul

    from Eddington, ME

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Fast Shutter Speed
    • Good Image Quality
    • Large Clear LCD

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about EOS 50D SLR Digital Camera Kit with Canon 28-135mm IS Lens:

        I am a photography student and would recommend to any student starting out. The learning curve was very short and the lens is a good one to get you started.

        • Ease of Operation:
        • 9
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        • No

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        5.0

        Great Camera!

        By bMo

        from Illinois

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
        • Fast Shutter Speed
        • Good Image Quality
        • Good Image Stabilization
        • High ISO Performance
        • Large Clear LCD
        • Quiet

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Sports/Action
          • Travel
          • Weddings/Events
          • Wildlife photos

          Comments about EOS 50D SLR Digital Camera Kit with Canon 28-135mm IS Lens:

          I am a hobbiest and upgraded to the 50D from my Canon Rebel XS. I bought this camera as a factory refurbished model and it's in perfect condition. I absolutely could not be happier with my purchase.

          • Ease of Operation:
          • 8
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          • No

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          5.0

          Still a great DSLR

          By JC-NYC

          from New York City

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Fast Shutter Speed
          • Good Image Quality
          • High ISO Performance

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Sports/Action
            • Travel

            Comments about EOS 50D SLR Digital Camera Kit with Canon 28-135mm IS Lens:

            Even though this is not a current model, it still creates superb quality images. Metal construction makes it feel tough and rugged.

            • Ease of Operation:
            • 7
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            • No

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            5.0

            Great camera for the price.

            By npham858

            from San Diego, CA

            About Me Casual Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Fast Shutter Speed
            • Good Image Quality
            • High ISO Performance
            • Large Clear LCD

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Sports/Action
              • Travel
              • Weddings/Events
              • Wildlife photos

              Comments about EOS 50D SLR Digital Camera Kit with Canon 28-135mm IS Lens:

              I was in the market for my first DSLR with a budget of $900. My other options couold have been the Rebel T1i or T2i, but I did not need video and the image quality from the 50D is just a little bit worse than the T2i in high ISO. This camera felt better built and fit my hands much better than any Rebel. The kit lens is my most used lens out of the 50mm f1.8 and tamron 17-50 non vc. Great camera if you do not want video and want a better built camera.

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              4.0

              I love my EOS 50D

              By Cera

              from Houston, TX

              About Me Casual Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Good Image Quality

              Cons

              • Noisy At High ISO
              • Poor In Low Light

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Sports/Action
              • Wildlife photos

              Comments about EOS 50D SLR Digital Camera Kit with Canon 28-135mm IS Lens:

              I was skeptical at first about what quality camera i was getting because it was in the USED section, but i found that it is in perfect condition and it works like a charm. I would recommend not just the camera, but the site as well, to a friend.

              • Ease of Operation:
              • 7
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              • No

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              5.0

              Very Happy with My Purchase

              By Matthew

              from Boston, MA

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
              • Fast Shutter Speed
              • Good Image Quality
              • Good Image Stabilization
              • Large Clear LCD

              Cons

              • Noisy At High ISO

              Best Uses

              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Travel
              • Wildlife photos

              Comments about EOS 50D SLR Digital Camera Kit with Canon 28-135mm IS Lens:

              I was skeptical in purchasing a refurbished camera, however, I couldn't let the price difference pass. I love my 50D. Works fantastic, lens works equally as well, couldn't be happier with the purchase. If you have any doubts, just call B&H ask some questions, and I am sure you will make the choice I did.
              Battery life lasted much longer than I expected it to last. Already have taken over 500 photos...good stuff.

              • Ease of Operation:
              • 8
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              • No

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              4.0

              Overall very satisfied

              By j-j

              from Michigan

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Good Image Quality
              • Good Image Stabilization

              Cons

              • Poor In Low Light

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Travel
              • Wildlife photos

              Comments about EOS 50D SLR Digital Camera Kit with Canon 28-135mm IS Lens:

              This is the first upgrade I've had in years and I love it. It feels very solid compared to my old Rebel. It has a lot of features that I am still getting used to, but I was still able to figure out enough to start shooting right away. The quality of the images is fantastic. My only complaint is that it really does have a hard time focusing in even moderately low light situations, which is really frustrating.

              • Ease of Operation:
              • 8
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              • No

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              5.0

              Very Satisfied

              By semi pro wannabe

              from Wilmington, DE

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

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              Pros

              • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
              • Good Image Quality
              • Large Clear LCD

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about EOS 50D SLR Digital Camera Kit with Canon 28-135mm IS Lens:

                  I ordered this as a replacement for my aging 20D. Other than getting used to the new menu structure, I was able to start using the camera on Day one with significan improvements in the quality of my photographs. This came as a refurbished kit with the 28-135 lens and both items appeared as new. Althought the 28-135 lens is adequate, I didn't really need it since I already have a Tamron 18-250 for my walk around lense. I chose the 50D over the 60D since I preferred the build quality, my existing accessories from my 20D are compatible, and I really didn't think I'd use the video capabilities of the 60D.

                  • Ease of Operation:
                  • 7
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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Excellent Camera

                  By Ravi Shankar

                  from Plano, TX

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                  • Fast Shutter Speed
                  • Good Image Quality
                  • High ISO Performance

                  Cons

                  • Noisy At High ISO
                  • Short Battery Life

                  Best Uses

                  • Family Photos
                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Travel
                  • Weddings/Events

                  Comments about EOS 50D SLR Digital Camera Kit with Canon 28-135mm IS Lens:

                  I was looking for mid-level DSLR and after some research decided to buy Canon 50D. Iam happy to have made the right decision. Definitely the best for the money i paid.

                  • Ease of Operation:
                  • 9
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                  • No

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                  2.0

                  I did not like the lens

                  By Bernardo

                  from Colombia

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use

                  Cons

                  • Poor Image Quality

                  Best Uses

                  • Travel

                  Comments about EOS 50D SLR Digital Camera Kit with Canon 28-135mm IS Lens:

                  In the photograph, which demonstrated that the lens was made in Japan, but to receive the product shows that the lens was made in taiwan, not japan. I decided to buy this kit because they said the lens was made in Japan. Now I compared my photos with photos taken with cheaper cameras and with the last one, the pictures are more clarity, sharpness and vivid colors.
                  I decided to pay more money for this camera thinking have better results but the results were disappointing.

                  • Ease of Operation:
                  • 7
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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Great Camera

                  By James

                  from San Antonio, TX

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                  • Good Image Quality
                  • Good Image Stabilization
                  • High ISO Performance

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Sports/Action
                    • Travel
                    • Wildlife photos

                    Comments about EOS 50D SLR Digital Camera Kit with Canon 28-135mm IS Lens:

                    This is my second 50D, I had a 20D and upgraded to the 50D last year. Used the camera last year at the Grand Canyon and took some great photos under a lot of different conductions (Low light, early morning, bright sun, inside, outside, cold, snow, …). Like the way the controls are easy to use and reach while shooting. I purchase this 50D so I would have a second camera with a different lens, so I would not have to change lens in the field. Have used the camera for sports and landscapes shooting and the camera performed very well.

                    • Ease of Operation:
                    • 10
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                    • No

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                    4.0

                    Great camera; some reservations on focus

                    By kagbeni

                    from NY, NY

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Fast Shutter Speed
                    • Good Image Quality
                    • High ISO Performance
                    • Large Clear LCD
                    • Quiet

                    Cons

                    • Overeager flash

                    Best Uses

                    • Family Photos
                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Travel

                    Comments about EOS 50D SLR Digital Camera Kit with Canon 28-135mm IS Lens:

                    I love this camera although I have been having problems with the focus in the program modes. I often take pictures of multiple subjects and find that the camera focuses on the wrong subject within the frame. In my first day of usage where I was outdoors the entire day shooting a picnic with a lot of people, a large majority of the pictures I took had one person in focus and everyone else around them blurry. Part of the issue was that I was using a super fast lens or sometimes a 300MM which with the digital multiplication factor ends up being 480MM so depth of field is an issue. I will have to work to create some custom programs to overcome this.

                    • Ease of Operation:
                    • 8
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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    LOVE THIS CAMERA!!

                    By JennyLynn

                    from ohio

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                    • Fast Shutter Speed
                    • Good Image Quality
                    • High ISO Performance

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Family Photos
                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Weddings/Events

                      Comments about EOS 50D SLR Digital Camera Kit with Canon 28-135mm IS Lens:

                      Have had this camera for about a month. I love it. I have already suggested it to a couple of friends who have asked "what's a good camera to buy". Haven't found anything that I dislike about it.

                      • Ease of Operation:
                      • 8
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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      I love this camera & I would buy it agai

                      By Sharon "Jean"

                      from Jacksonville, FL

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                      • Fast Shutter Speed
                      • Good Image Quality
                      • Good Image Stabilization
                      • Large Clear LCD

                      Cons

                      • Poor In Low Light

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Sports/Action
                      • Weddings/Events

                      Comments about EOS 50D SLR Digital Camera Kit with Canon 28-135mm IS Lens:

                      I use this camera for wedding events along with my Sony DV Video Camera.
                      Great for getting quick shots simultaneously.
                      Great close-ups and clear.

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                      5.0

                      Brilliant

                      By Duff

                      from Nashville, TN

                      About Me Casual Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                      • Fast Shutter Speed
                      • Good Image Quality
                      • Good Image Stabilization
                      • Large Clear LCD

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Family Photos
                        • Sports/Action
                        • Wildlife photos

                        Comments about EOS 50D SLR Digital Camera Kit with Canon 28-135mm IS Lens:

                        I enjoy taking pictures of family and hockey. My first hockey game pictures are amazing! The view with the playback is sharp and clear. You can even read the NHL logo on the puck on a slap shot! Great camera for serious hobby photography.

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                        • No

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                        5.0

                        Canon 50d 28-135

                        By nope

                        from Salt Lake City, UT

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                        • Good Image Quality
                        • Good Image Stabilization
                        • High ISO Performance
                        • Large Clear LCD

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Family Photos
                          • Indoors/Low Light
                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Sports/Action
                          • Travel

                          Comments about EOS 50D SLR Digital Camera Kit with Canon 28-135mm IS Lens:

                          Great camera. I decided that the new 60d was too much of a downgrade from what I was anticipating. I can do without video. The 50d is perfect and takes great photos.

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                          • No

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                          5.0

                          best camera to buy

                          By Nena

                          from Maryland

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Good Image Quality
                          • Large Clear LCD

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Portraits
                            • Studio Photography

                            Comments about EOS 50D SLR Digital Camera Kit with Canon 28-135mm IS Lens:

                            This camera has great features. Big LCD screen in order to view your image better. It has different metering modes which help a lot. The lens is great for wide and telephoto images. It takes amazing pictures. Easy to get the hang of.

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                            • No

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                            5.0

                            Love my new 50D!

                            By Photogirl...

                            from New Hampshire

                            About Me Casual Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Use
                            • Fast Shutter Speed
                            • Good Image Stabilization
                            • Large Clear LCD

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Family Photos
                              • Landscape/Scenery

                              Comments about EOS 50D SLR Digital Camera Kit with Canon 28-135mm IS Lens:

                              This camera was an upgrade from my Canon Digital Rebel (2004). It was great and pretty easy learning curve getting used to this camera. I did not want video on my DSLR, and this was a prefect option for me.

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