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Canon EOS 40D

40d
Review Date: May 25, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: FPS, 14bit processing, great handling.
Cons:
hard to judge exposure from LCD

I got the 40d as a replacement for my 350d. I was also looking at the 5d but decided on the 40d because it was newer.

Ended up recently getting a 5d as well, but this should not detract from the good point of the 40d.

The IQ of this camera is very good, a great improvement over the 350d - helped I believe by the 14bit proessing. Also the increased FPS and buffer are a great advantage when speed is required. The AF is also better than the 350d.

The handling of this camera really boosted my creativity as it makes it so much easier to work in manual mode. I almost never use a program mode now unless I require the speed. I wouldn't want to trust the weather sealing in the wet though!

One negative that I did notice with this camera was that some exposures which looked perfect on the LCD ended up really under exposed in reality. This has happened on a couple of occasions.

Whilst other features such as Live view, large screen, etc are nice to have I think I could live without them. I was glad to see that Canon did not feel the need to ramp up the MP count to 12 or 14 at the detriment of IQ on the small sensor.

Overall I now use this camera as a 'brother' to the 5d when I want the FPS and 1.6 conversion etc. They are perfect companions and I wouldn't want to get rid of either of them.


 
Canon EOS 5D

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Review Date: May 25, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Full Frame, Resolution, Handling...
Cons:
None.

I had been looking at this camera for the last couple of years but have finally taken the plunge and got one.

Ok, it doesn't have the speed, digic III or 3" screen of the 40d, and I'm sure the mkII will come out eventually but I knew that when I got it. I got a 40d last year rather than the 5d because I thought the 5d was getting long in the tooth. Whilst I love the 40d, having used the 5d for about a month now I can say that there is something special about the 5d which I think breaks down into three main areas:

1) Large view finder!
2) WA lenses are actuall wide!
3) IQ is fantastic!

John.