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Canon EOS 20D

20d
Review Date: Oct 20, 2004 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,500.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Design, speed, focus speed. Awesome upgrade from the 300D!
Cons:
"Bad copies" floating around

While reading this review, keep in mind that I have only used a 300D digital rebel prior to this camera so this won't be a comparison to a 1Ds or a 1D MkII.

That having been said, I upgraded to the 20D from the Digital Rebel today. I took some shots this morning, mostly testing against the auto/front/back focus that people have been reporting.

I'm still not totally sure about how the tests came out, but if there's a focus problem it's not a serious one and is most likely caused by my lack of skills Smile.

Let me say, though, that the camera is excellent! I could not believe how fast it focused on things! The joystick in the back to control the focus points is a brilliant idea; I always thought it was a pain in the butt to have to scroll through all the focus points to find the one you wanted and this totally solved that problem.

I really like the wheel in the back used to change the ISO, it's very smooth and is in just the right spot. Maybe I'm doing it wrong, but I've found that in order to see the ISO you have to look at the display on the top of the camera, you can't see it through the viewfinder, which was slightly annoying.

The only issue that I could see with this camera is all the negative press it's been getting on the forums. As soon as I possibly could, I ran a barrage of tests on it in fear that I had a "bad copy". While mosts of the pictures I took looked fine to me, the Focus21.pdf (http://md.co.za/d70/focus21.pdf) test concerned me a bit, but it might be my lens.