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Canon EOS 30D

Review Date: May 11, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,900.00 | Rating: 8 

Pros: Fast, fast, fast. Focus, drive, power on, everything. Fantastic nice and punchy "out of the box" color/contrast, especially monotone picture mode. Nice balanced weight.
Some low light pokiness. No RAW in full auto mode. Beside f-stop and shutter speed, changing settings requires a glance at the control panel and some fiddle/switching

This is a huge upgrade from my Olympus C-8080. I love it, especially the monotone jpg conversion. I cannot seem to get RAW to monotone conversion in DPP or Photoshop as good as the built-ind JPG conversion. It is very fast. Expensive in Europe, but worth the money since the 5D or the D200 are well above this price range, with nice lenses. I bought the EF-S 17-85 kit and the lens is fast and bright. Would have been nice to be able to afford a 5D, but I have two opinions on the 1.6X crop factor. First, at 17mm the converted wide angle is still very wide. Landscapes and architecture photos are wide enough for me. However, the DOF is frustrating unless I zoom in to 85mm and keep aperture at min 5.6. I tested this against the Cannon 50mm 1.8 and found that with the 30D I can achieve very nice DOF compositions.

I agree with the prior review that fast changes require push-twiddle-push. It is indeed, not always clear what you just set (if you are thinking and moving fast). Also, the 3 way on button is silly. Just always turn it on to the "non-disabled on setting". Does anyone understand the point of on without the scroll wheel function?

The final frustration is that in low light even in manual mode, the camera refuses to take the shot even though "I know" I can get what I want, especially with some post-processing. Also interesting is that it is highly sensitive to medium levels of light. I find myself frequently changing between ISO 100 and ISO 1600 just by moving a few feet from an open window (while keeping aperture/shutter constant).

I upgraded from a C-8080, so I find this camera a dream.