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Canon EOS 40D

I've got to consider the Canon EOS 40D. It's not the freshest EOS on the market, but it's got some features that the Rebel XSi doesn't.

  • Excellent image quality up to ISO1600
  • ISO 3200 support
  • Better autofocus sensors than Rebel XSi
  • Faster continuous shooting
  • Good in-lens image stabilization
  • Sturdy body, good weather-sealing
  • Canon eTTL-2 flash support

  • 10mp sensor, less than Rebel XSi
  • In-lens image stabilization
  • No eTTL-2 wireless control from built-in flash unit? (unclear)
  • $300-500 more expensive

Costco price: $1150 sale price


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Jul. 18th, 2008 12:39 am (UTC)
Have you had your hands on any of these cameras yet? I find that if I don't like the way they feel, I won't use 'em.
Jul. 18th, 2008 12:54 am (UTC)
I've held the XSi, and it was OK, not too small. That's my big concern with the Olympus, it might just be too tiny.

I tend to be happy with Canon ergos; the S3 IS is a bit small for me, but it's not uncomfortable. The Digital Elph series remind me of my Rollei 35, which I loved.

I last shot SLR with 1950's vintage East German equipment. Weird but functional.
Jul. 18th, 2008 01:33 am (UTC)
Go to San Jose cameras, they should have all the cameras you mentioned.
Jul. 18th, 2008 02:34 am (UTC)
I would try them out, especially with the size/weight of the lense you expect to use most often. Canons are normally very good for those of us with large hands.

Something else to keep in mind is that you can reprogram all the buttons on a 20/30/40D. I am not sure if you can on a rebel.

One thing to keep in mind is that later on you can convert the rebel and 40D to IR, Jade is planning on doing that with her spare 20D.

Another factor to look at is how much buffer the cameras have. The 40D is probably like the 5D Jade uses in that it can take 20 or more pictures in rapid succession without slowing down.

Something to think about then you buy one of these is that each of the makers has has a color shift in their chips. If I remember Canons are blue, Nikons are orange and Olympus is a light gray. You will need to run a post process on your pictures to color correct.
Jul. 18th, 2008 02:50 am (UTC)
Weight has never been an issue with me. I used to shoot Exacta (East German, built like a tank) SLR and medium-format rangefinder and TLR. None of those were light, and the ergos were strange.

The 40D has a big buffer, the XSi a smaller (but still respectable, as long as you're shooting JPEG) buffer and it's pretty quick even after the buffer runs out with fast SD cards.

I know a few tricks for color correction shooting a gray card and creating a correction profile.

An easier IR solution is to get one of the Sony "Night Vision" cameras and put a strong Neutral Density filter on it to convince it that it's really night.
Jul. 18th, 2008 04:54 pm (UTC)
We did a color test at last week's S. Bay photo meetup, and both the Canon 40D and the Nikon D70/80/300 are hugely orange, even with WB set to incandescent. Using a grey card, they all went green. Photoshop is my friend...
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