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Canon EOS 30D

Review Date: Jan 25, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

Pros: Build quality, fps, ergonomics, quick control dial, lcd, balance...
Print button waste of space, shutter sound seems less discrete than my 350D's (not really an issue though)

I've upgraded from a 350D/XT, and I have to say that I don't regret the decision. The first time I got my hands on one of these at a camera store it immediately felt more comfortable and not like a toy like my old 350D. My decision to upgrade to this model was primarily based on the spot meter and extra iso options.

It feels more balanced with my 24-105L mounted on it, and despite being heavier than the 350D, it is actually more comfortable for me to lug around (especially when my 580EX is also attached)... probably due to the bigger grip.

The quick control dial and the joystick at the back really help me to take more keepers, and to take them faster.

The quick control dial really makes a diff when choosing the aperture/exposure comp... because I use my left eye to look through the viewfinder I used to find it quite awkward to have to press that extra button on the 350D to change those settings. Not to mention that I would often hit the shooting mode button with my nose, inadverdently changing from continous to self timer mode. So the different layout 30D really helps me out with those issues.

I am personally quite inept at manually focusing, so having the ability to use the joystick to choose an af point (after selecting option 1 of custom fn 13), - without needing to press a button and scroll through all the points like the 350D - is a godsend.

The LCD is great, and I like having the ability to see the selected AF points during image playback.

Don't get me wrong though... the 350D was and is a great SLR which I don't regret purchasing... but if you are considering upgrading to a 30D... let me tell you that you won't be disappointed.