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Canon 5D vs 550D for long term traveller / photographer

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1. Posted by debstheleo (Budding Member 24 posts) 6y

Hi everyone

I'm in the process of planning a RTW with my husband which we hope to begin early next year.

We've been on holidays before, but never backpacking. I can fit my 5D, 24-105 and zoom lenses, cards and batteries into a dinky Tamrac backpack. Its quite deceiving as it looks small but is weighty.

I've had my 5D since March 2006 (MK I) and I sell my images to the public and also supply image libraries, so I need a quality camera / lens. I'm worried my 5D will be too bulky and heavy even with just one lens.

I've been looking at the 550D as a replacement and according to the blurb it looks like its a better camera than the 5D due advances in technology. It is also smaller and lighter and probably less conspicuous.

I'm confused.

Do I stick with my 5D which I love or sell it and get the 550D?

I've been told I should get about £1k for my 5D as its had a new sensor fitted by Canon and the 550D will cost be about £650 (body only). The memory cards and batteries are all different so I need new ones of these as well.

Any hlep, tips or advice about long trem travel with a DSLR / 5D would be great.

Or do you have a 550D and what do you think of it?

Thanks in advance
Debs :)

2. Posted by Jase007 (Travel Guru 8870 posts) 6y

Hi Debs,
5D every time, i got a 20D and wouldn't think of swapping it.
Ok most of the time i only take my Ixus 120, but the last trip to NZ/Aus/Thailand & Singapore I dragged the 20D along, and glad i did.
You want something that is robust, and if your used to shooting it why not take it.
Weight problems, just leave the laptop, guide book at home.

3. Posted by debstheleo (Budding Member 24 posts) 6y

Hi Jase007

Thanks for taking the time to reply, its good to hear that you didn't regret taking your 20D.


4. Posted by whereami66 (Budding Member 5 posts) 6y

I just bought the 550D and have been testing it before I head overseas for a year or so. I am very impressed with it and the quality of the pics. I use a lowepro backpack to that fits my notebook PC. Take a spare battery and cards..can get cheap on ebay. Weight... Not a big concern, backpack in room most the time while the Lowepro bag is my day bag.

5. Posted by debstheleo (Budding Member 24 posts) 6y

Hi whereami66

Thanks for your reply. The 550D is using advanced technology compared to my 5D which is now 4 years old.

I won't be taking a notebook / laptop, so I won't have that weight to worry about.

I need to look into having a server which I can upload my images to as well as lots of cards.

My main concern is the weight and security - mainly from my brother scaring the hell out of me!

Kind regards

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7. Posted by wolfheart (Budding Member 3 posts) 6y

Hi there, Look, if you are concerned about practicality, go for 550d.
If you are concerned about new and better features, go for 550d

If you are still emotionally clung to your 5d... naaa, go for th 550d.
I am buying one tomorrow, trust me, being the latest available camera from canon and having a DiG!C4 VS DiG!C2
I think that is enuff argument.

One thing, not to throw the 5d after smashing it, there is one thing that makes the 5d more worthy is that a 5d is a full frame cam, no honestly I don't know how much of a win that is.

Bottomn line, if I wer you, I would go for the 550.

8. Posted by wolfheart (Budding Member 3 posts) 6y

Here, this is enuff info!

9. Posted by wolfheart (Budding Member 3 posts) 6y

Also, don't forget that with the 550D you get 18 mega pixels instead of 12.8, and if you sell images, you can also sell Full H.D. videos!

10. Posted by debstheleo (Budding Member 24 posts) 6y

Thanks wolfheart, let me know how you get on with the 550D.