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Canon EOS 20D

20d
Review Date: Jul 25, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,070.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Fast shutter speeds, easy menu system, good upper ISO performace (best at 800 or lower), size, USB 2.0 = FAST!, good auto focus (especially with lenses 2.8 & faster, good battery life, illuminated info LCD, nice tracking auto focus for panning and moving objects, DOFP, easy controls.
Cons:
Very few. No spot meter. No ISO in the VF. Equipped with factory installed dust on sensor (no big deal, just kinda lame).

This is my first DSLR. I've had Nikon mount film SLR's before this and I love the EOS system now. This is a great camera for those of us that can't justify (or don't make their living via photography) the 1 series cameras. It really does it all (almost - see below). I love the fast shutter. Picture quality is top notch especially if you use RAW workflow. I've just been getting into that more seriously. I bought the EF-S 17-85 IS at the same time and they make a great pair. Perfect lens to hold me over until I get something faster. I advise getting an EF 50 f1.8 as one of your first lenses. It really is a great lens for the price.

Overall, I love this camera, but nothing is perfect... Here is what I'm less than pleased with:

NO SPOT METER! (Even my old Nikon N70 had spot) Urrrrg. As many people have pointed out, it would be nice to see the ISO speed in the view finder. That's it! Highly recommended.