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Canon EOS 20D

20d
Review Date: Jan 13, 2005 Recommend? no | Price paid: $1,450.00 | Rating: 4 

 
Pros: 8 MP, good selection of lenses,
Cons:
Low build quality and attention to details and controls. Auto focus and metering inconsistent

I really do not want to recommend this camera. Unfortunately there is great trade-offs involved and everyone should make decision on their own.
I got mine and will probably keep it, only because there is nothing else...
I am VERY disappointed in build quality.
Controls lack good feel and tactile feedback.
Autofocus is fast but somewhat unreliable - occasionally images are out of focus.
LCD screen on the back is low res and small. Impossible to check focus of images even when zoomed in.
LCD screen is also not mounted properly but tilted to one side - I have seen this problem on every 20D so far.
Taking pictures is quite noisy.
Lack of focusing light is bad - People do not want strobing flash in their eyes before picture is taken... If someone beats you because of this, do not be surprised.
Expensive lens such is L series makes this camera look like a plastic toy.
Hand grip design has MINIMUM of ergonomics.
Would I want to keep this camera? After writing and remembering all of this...NO! I will try getting 1D MK II.

Last but not least. The viewfinder is crappy and not covering even close to 100%... I have 25 years old Pentax K1000 which is better than this and Canon S410 point-and-shoot that allows me better cropping of the scene. With 20D I always end up wit things I do not want to see on my pictures...
That's it - last edit of this post... I hope not to remember anything else.