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Old July 7th, 2009, 12:32 PM   #1
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I have a canon XH-A1 and I just bought a canon 5d Mark II.. I was wondering if you guys thought a Canon T1i would be a good camera to have as a secondary camera to the 5d, in that although its not as good, still has some of the same functions. So if I have a f/4 on the 5d, and a f1.8 on the t1i I might get similar dof as well as low light ability. I would also have the A1 going at all times mostly for audio purposes as well as some cut away shots.
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Old July 7th, 2009, 01:42 PM   #2
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the T1i can only do 20frame/second, so no not a good match.
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Old July 7th, 2009, 05:11 PM   #3
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it can do 30 at 720P.
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Old July 7th, 2009, 05:33 PM   #4
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Yeah but your XH-A1 and 5D don't do 720P, you will have to downrez them so it is not a good match, but go right ahead and get it if you think so.
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Old July 8th, 2009, 01:34 PM   #5
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720 is all I deliver in any way... so I am more looking for the capability of the camera not the resolution output.. but thanks for letting me know...


anybody else have any suggestions on the topic at hand?
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Old July 8th, 2009, 05:32 PM   #6
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I have used this combo, they match perfectly.

You don't necessarily even need the f1.8 lens to get good DOF or low light performance out of the 500d. I think some people turn their noses up at the 500d/t1i because the have never actually used it and seen it's capabilities.
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Old July 8th, 2009, 06:09 PM   #7
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About the T1i, playing with it (since its the first consumer dslr i have ever used), i dont like the layout and the fact that there isnt manual control (5d owner).

The footage and colours matches fine (i also output at 720) w/ xh-a1, 5d, and hv30 (all w/ some minor CC).

I say since its so cheap, buy one. Im waiting to get another 5d soon and hopefully the 60d.

The layout and no audio input was enough for me not to get it.
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Old July 8th, 2009, 07:19 PM   #8
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thanks for the responses. I am not worried about audio since I will be shooting with other cameras that can get the audio so thats not a down side to me. I am sure I can trick the camera into shooting wide open when I am in catering halls and want low light capability. As long as the color matches and I have a good amount of DOF ability, then I am thinking I will get this camera as a secondary dslr camera.
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