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Canon EOS 30D

Canon_30D
Review Date: Nov 20, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,100.00 | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: fast burst, crop factor good for extending reach of normal lenses, solid build, great battery life, very good low light quality with high iso
Cons:
auto white balance is inconsistant, raw files often less sharp than jpg's (may be particular to my copy), physical interface is not intuitive

love this camera but recently noticed some problems with raw file quality
did a fashion shoot last week and files came in without sharp detail
very disappointing as it was an important shoot that can't be rescheduled

did some side by side tripod tests
of identical subject, focus, settings and lens (50mm 1.8 II)
using raw format and then jpg format
jpg's came in consistantly sharper with more detail
the raw files were disappointing from an IQ point of view
ran tests again today with a different lens (24-70mm 2.8)
and found the same results

i'll be sending this body back to canon for service

as far as the interface goes
in order to make adjustments to balance exposure in manual modes
you spin the dial in the opposite direction of where you want to go
on the exposure meter
its counter intuitive and takes some getting used to
but its a minor gripe

overall
my jpg's are really excellent
trouble is i need raw to work