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Canon EOS 30D

Canon_30D
Review Date: Jul 7, 2009 Recommend? | Price paid: $1,200.00

Pros: feels great in my big hands, nice size and build quality, high image quality, 5fps, long battery life, small increment iso's, good IQ, good performance up to 800 ISO, AF, easy of use, setting possibilities
Cons:
no sensor cleaning so -> DUST problems, no ISO indication in viewfinder, no important info on screen when shooting, no mirror-lockup

Bought this camera in december 2006. I intended to purchase a Rebel XTi (400D) but when I held this camera in my hands in the shop it felt too light, I got cramp in my hands after holding it a short while. The 30D that I ended up buying is extremely comfortable to hold for longer periods of time, even with my 70-200 lens on I can easily let the camera bungle in my right hand and walk around for hours.

This is my first digital SLR. After moving from film SLR to a digital compact I soon discovered I missed the quality and possibilities of an SLR. I am very satisfied with the quality of the pictures of the 30D and all possible settings that can be personalized. The useability of the camera is great with all the necessary buttons in the right places. I love the IQ, AF, and ISO performance (adjustable in small steps).

Dust is the only real problem that is bothering me with this camera since I change lenses a lot (EF-S 17-55 2.8, 70-200 4.0 IS and 15 Fish Eye). So that means cleaning the sensor allmost daily during a trip is a necessity. I really miss the ISO value inside the viewfinder. Mirror lockup would have been nice. When shooting birds, frogs and other remote animals with my 70-200 I sometimes miss out on enough pixels when cropping.

All-in-all this camera was the best choice at the moment and if you can pick it up at a bargain price this is still a worthwile investment.

I am currently contemplating on buying either a 40D or 50D as second camera. This way the 17-55 can stay put on my 30D (solving most of the dust problem) and I can use the extra pixels for my close up photography with the 70-200 and the fisheye shots for landscapes and architecture.

Still not sure about the 40D or 50D though. Price difference is about 200 now and I'm not sure if I need the extra bells and whistles and a better resolution screen as well as all the extra pixels (and way bigger files). Seems to me from all the reviews the way higher pixels density on the 50D has affected the image quality a little. Not sure yet...


 
Canon EOS 30D

Canon_30D
Review Date: Jul 7, 2009 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,200.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: feels great in my big hands, nice size and build quality, high image quality, 5fps, long battery life, small increment iso's, good IQ, good performance up to 800 ISO, AF, easy of use, setting possibilities
Cons:
no sensor cleaning so -> DUST problems, no ISO indication in viewfinder, no important info on screen when shooting, no mirror-lockup

Bought this camera in december 2006. I intended to purchase a Rebel XTi (400D) but when I held this camera in my hands in the shop it felt too light, I got cramp in my hands after holding it a short while. The 30D that I ended up buying is extremely comfortable to hold for longer periods of time, even with my 70-200 lens on I can easily let the camera bungle in my right hand and walk around for hours.

This is my first digital SLR. After moving from film SLR to a digital compact I soon discovered I missed the quality and possibilities of an SLR. I am very satisfied with the quality of the pictures of the 30D and all possible settings that can be personalized. The useability of the camera is great with all the necessary buttons in the right places. I love the IQ, AF, and ISO performance (adjustable in small steps).

Dust is the only real problem that is bothering me with this camera since I change lenses a lot (EF-S 17-55 2.8, 70-200 4.0 IS and 15 Fish Eye). So that means cleaning the sensor allmost daily during a trip is a necessity. I really miss the ISO value inside the viewfinder. Mirror lockup would have been nice. When shooting birds, frogs and other remote animals with my 70-200 I sometimes miss out on enough pixels when cropping.

All-in-all this camera was the best choice at the moment and if you can pick it up at a bargain price this is still a worthwile investment.

I am currently contemplating on buying either a 40D or 50D as second camera. This way the 17-55 can stay put on my 30D (solving most of the dust problem) and I can use the extra pixels for my close up photography with the 70-200 and the fisheye shots for landscapes and architecture.

Still not sure about the 40D or 50D though. Price difference is about 200 now and I'm not sure if I need the extra bells and whistles and a better resolution screen as well as all the extra pixels (and way bigger files). Seems to me from all the reviews the way higher pixels density on the 50D has affected the image quality a little. Not sure yet...