Best ever value for money Canon DSLR?
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Gochugogi
Registered: Jun 25, 2003
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The 40D was my first really good DLSR in terms of IQ and features. My prior 10D/20D didn't really cut it. However, the 40D was expensive for its day and lots of crybabies on this forum bitched and balled about the "old tech" Canon stuck them with in Fall 2007 when it debuted. I recall the photogeeks were especially bitter about the low rez LCD and thought Nikon would take over the world with MicroSoft.

If I were to pick a "value added" camera for today, I'd have to agree with Ralph: the 5D2 is the image ghetto king. The technogeeks would be humiliated to be seen with such old tech but the images are so friggen good they take no dad burn prisoners.



mmurph
Registered: Apr 18, 2004
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1DsII at $8,000

Until I got the 1DsII, I was still shooting 6x7 film for $1 per frame. That is the camera that made medium format obsolete for me.

I was spending $5,000 a year on film & developing. My 1DsII cost $1,500 a year for the first 2 years in depreciation, so break-even was 3 months per year. The rest of the year's shooting was free.




Betacamman
Registered: Jun 13, 2011
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40D for me. I started on the 20D and worked up through the xxD line, but the 40D was the one that balanced ability and quality perfectly for me.

(Film camera, for me, would be a tossup between the EOS 3 and the Elan II)



rprouty
Registered: Aug 10, 2002
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40D was a super camera.







15Bit
Registered: Jan 27, 2008
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Hard to argue with the 40D - an all round well balanced package. For those needing better AF a 1D2N has to be a steal now, and a 5D or a 1DSII offers full frame quality and big bright viewfinders at a very attractive price.



Danny Michael
Registered: Dec 01, 2012
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30D was my first "real" camera and it just blew me away at how good it felt in my large hands compared to the Rebel. I'll always have a love for that camera and the friend I sold it to is still taking great pictures with it.



shoenberg3
Registered: Jan 12, 2010
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If we consider used cameras prices, 5D is truly a steal at around 500 nowadays...



dr_teng
Registered: Dec 03, 2012
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40D was an excellent bargain. I used that for a while until I needed to upgrade for filming more video options.



robsuh
Registered: Sep 02, 2005
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Great fan of the 40d, but at current prices, the 7d and 5D2 are pretty good deals. I'm seeing the 7d around $900 and the 5D2 around $1200 locally on CL. Though I do see the 40d for around $350 or so.

The additions on the 7D compared to the 40D takes it to another level. Everything is better. 100% viewfinder, LCD resolution, 18mp vs 10mp, video mode, much better metering, much higher FPS, much better AF and better build quality.






D. Diggler
Registered: Dec 27, 2011
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Danny Michael wrote:

30D was my first "real" camera and it just blew me away at how good it felt in my large hands compared to the Rebel.


Rebels suck in the hands. And I don't have large hands. Even with a grip they're not as nice as the 30D.



D. Diggler
Registered: Dec 27, 2011
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15Bit wrote:

the 40D - an all round well balanced package.


The 40D could do a brisk frames per second for a non-1-series cam. I think the 40 attained the highest frames per second ever offered in any of the XXD models. More FPS than any of the 5D models.



Gochugogi
Registered: Jun 25, 2003
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D. Diggler wrote:
Danny Michael wrote:

30D was my first "real" camera and it just blew me away at how good it felt in my large hands compared to the Rebel.


Rebels suck in the hands. And I don't have large hands. Even with a grip they're not as nice as the 30D.


I only owned one Rebel--XTi--and the grip was so small and narrow it bit into my knuckles and caused my hand to cramp during long sessions. A little larger and more rounded grip makes a huge difference in comfort.



retrofocus
Registered: Apr 19, 2007
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Price/performance ratio the 40D was/is superb. The main improvement of the successor 50D was just MFA which was for some unknown reason again removed in the 60D. I agree, 40D should be ranked high in this poll.

Personally, I always preferred full frame format. After I got my 5D II, the cropped xxD and Rebel sensor was nearly forgotten for me. I think the 5D II was the best FF camera at the time when it was released just by sensor technology even it came with some issues like banding at high ISO and outdated AF system.

From a neutral point of view, my DSLR choice would go to the 40D. As personal favorite it was and still is the 5D II.



EB-1
Registered: Jan 09, 2003
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1Ds II when new.

EBH



chez
Registered: Nov 26, 2003
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5d2 at $1200 is a steal.



Pixel Perfect
Registered: Aug 16, 2004
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1D II(N) these days by far the best value. Much better camera than 40D.



dehowie
Registered: Oct 22, 2004
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Easy the 20D.
When was released it was brilliant.
First 9pt AF camera and basically the 30d,40d and 50D all come from that formula.
IQ was excellent and reliable as anything.
Still ave mine 8 years later as I can't bring myself to sell it.
Ang for buck it was one of Canons best and converted many Nikonians with is great IQ and AI servo that worked as opposed to the 10D.
First prosumer body to give IQ and AF in the same shell.
From that alone its a standout all the others where simply minor improvements on a great design.






jorkata
Registered: Sep 02, 2009
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With a few notable exceptions, all Canon DSLRs have offered good value, IMO.

The 1Ds series was never a good value and the 1DX continues the tradition.
The 5DIII was a poor value at introduction but this has been (mostly) corrected now.
Other Canon DSLRs have offered good value overall.

On a side note, the 6D is not a poor value, IMO, despite its inadequate AF system.
And yet, sales appear to be soft from the start.
Same for the Nikon D600 sales, btw, so the specs don't seem to be the issue.
Maybe the enthusiasm for entry level DSLRs is not all that great .



StillFingerz
Registered: Jul 29, 2010
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jorkata wrote:
With a few notable exceptions, all Canon DSLRs have offered good value, IMO.

The 1Ds series was never a good value and the 1DX continues the tradition.
The 5DIII was a poor value at introduction but this has been (mostly) corrected now.
Other Canon DSLRs have offered good value overall.

On a side note, the 6D is not a poor value, IMO, despite its inadequate AF system.
And yet, sales appear to be soft from the start.
Same for the Nikon D600 sales, btw, so the specs don't seem to be the issue.
Maybe the enthusiasm for entry level DSLRs is not all that great .


Perhaps the world economy is so brittle people are just being smarter about high end spending, keeping some cash at hand for...

Personally, you'll never see me buy a body until it's supported by the software I use for post



Pixel Perfect
Registered: Aug 16, 2004
Total Posts: 19795
Country: Australia

StillFingerz wrote:

Perhaps the world economy is so brittle people are just being smarter about high end spending, keeping some cash at hand for...

Personally, you'll never see me buy a body until it's supported by the software I use for post


Also the IQ from the cameras prior to these is still remarkably good, why upgrade unless there was some issue they specifically addressed you were hanging out for? It's the same with many areas nowadays like LCD/plasma screens. If you bought something 3 years ago say, you will be hard pressed to see improvements with current models. Mostly internet features and better power usage. Not surprising TV manufacturers are doing it tough.



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