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Canon EOS 20D

Review Date: Dec 3, 2004 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: For the money (and remember this is a budget Pro camera) the 20D is quite simply unbeatable and the best available on the market!!
None serious enough that they're worth whinging about.

Reading through this forum, there seems so many posters that seem to whinge about this camera just for moanings sake. Come on guys this is a budget level prosumer camera, if you want perfection then order a 1Ds/11! Admitidley there are silly aspects which seem to have been overlooked at the design stage, but just really are not an issue in reality.

I'm a Pro Photographer. Most of us were once film users, why are we not transfering our experience and skill to digital? Who the hell really needs ISO in the viewfinder, I never have. Who needs spot metering, I know my exposures for most situations off the top of my head and when it's more critical I use a sophisticated electronic hand meter which I have always done. So what if the images need tweaking in PS, when did a film image ever print perefctly first time, remember hand prints? same thing! And then there's people moaning about soft images and it turns out they using poor glassware and expecting Hasselblad quality! If you are going to use digital, you need the best glassware possible, L series Canons in most cases, even some of them are dodgy - see these forums. Check and read lens reviews before buying, some Sigmas are leagues better than Canon for example!

This camera is superb, but to expect perfection straight from the camera, to have everything done for you, to use less than perfect lenses...

And if you want 5x4 or blad quality, get a 1Ds/11 or a Valeo back and a little PS knowledge and I guarantee you, you'll surpass the originals every time. After all we're all forgetting one thing film and trany was great but get a lousy scanner operator and...

Chris Taylor