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Canon EOS 40D

Review Date: Dec 8, 2010 Recommend? no | Price paid: $1,200.00

Pros: Reasonable fps
Limited focus points, poor quality and durability, shocking customer service from Canon

Well this camera (and Canon's poor customer service) killed Canon for me. After just over two years (coincidentally when the warranty runs out), less than 10k actuations, the mirror mechanism died a horrible death. I mean this camera was treated like a baby - I almost sang it to sleep every night. The best thing this camera did for me was to allow me to borrow a Nikon from a mate. I was never overly impressed with it from day one but I persevered, thinking it was my abilities letting me down. After an hour with the Nikon I was getting better results than after 8 years of Canon.

Sent it in to Canon for repair and was charged nearly half the purchase price. But it does not end there. Canon screwed up the repair and my pristine body came back like a dog's breakfast - dirt inside, scratches, loose grip, etc. After sending it back and forth three times it finally came back in fair condition 3 months later. So I am very disappointed with Canon quality and service - my review is probably more subjective than objective - but I have to look at my purchase holistically. I will NEVER buy or use a piece of Canon gear again and certainly will not recommend it to friends or family.