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Is a Canon EOS 50D a viable starting point for a photographer in 2020?
The EOS 50D is not a "good" DSLR for today's standards, but same goes for the EOS 450D I used to use,  and I have learned a lot and made a lot of great images with that 450D.
So as long as you do not run into important shortcomings (for you personally), there is no reason to not shoot with a 50D.

Which Nikon camera did you shoot with? The 50D is an APS-C camera, shooting with a smaller than "full frame" sensor (giving a more narrow view than a FF camera would give with the same lens). If the Nikon also is/was an APS-C camera, the experience should be comparable.

The EF 50mm f1.8 STM is comparable to a Nikkor 50mm f1.8.  It is a very affordable lens, and you can not really go wrong with it. Yongnuo lenses (especially the 50mm f1.8 and 35mm f2) should be avoided in my opinion.

If you want to make images that impress yourself, the EF-S 17-85mm f4-5.6 should kinda be avoided. It lacks in contrast. has very heavy CA at the wide end, and bad barrel distortion at that wide end too. Images will lack "punch" and have quite "meh" colours. It also has a fondness of failing (electrical flat cable failing).
But if it is there for free, no reason to try  it and see if it anyway can please you.

My advice then: no reason not to start using the 50D. Just because new cameras have more impressive specs, does not mean you can't do some great photography with an older camera.

Some images I made (with various lenses) with the Canon EOS 450D (same generation as the 50D):
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The EF 50mm f1.8 STM would be a cheap start for portraits, the Canon EF 85mm f1.8 and Tamron 85mm f1.8 VC USD also for (more narrow) portraits.
The Canon EF-S 10-18mm IS STM is a cheap and cheerful ultra wide angle zoom lens, very lightweight so nice for travel and landscapes.
The Canon EF-S 24mm f2.8 is an affordable, very small APS-C lens nice for "standard" street photography.

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RE: Is a Canon EOS 50D a viable starting point for a photographer in 2020? - by Brightcolours - 06-01-2020, 05:21 PM

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