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Canon EOS 20D

20d
Review Date: Nov 20, 2004 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,500.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: instant on, instant shot, amazing low noise, no waiting for review or writing to card
Cons:
sometimes searches too long for focus even with IR transmiter (st-e2), add-on battery grip easlily comes loose, auto white balance occasionally misses

I shoot in concert halls and nightclubs. Very low light. I try to shoot without flash whenever possible. My lenses are 2.8 or lower Canon Ls. At iso 3200, with 50mm 1.4 This camera seems to provide it's own light. With a little help from Noise Ninja I can get very nice 8x10s in extremely low light.

During live shows with my 10D I had to shoot jpegs. After 9 raw shots the card would start reading and I'd miss lots of the action. With the 20D I can take 6 quick raw shots and then continue at one shot per second (or less) indefinitely. I use Sandisk Ultra IIs.

Most forum posts to the contrary, the 20D seems to have more trouble finding focus in low light than the 10D. This could be due to me shooting in lower light than was possible before. But, I expect the IR transmitter to work equally well on both cameras.

The low light seems to trick the AWB more so than the 10D. It's not normally an issue since I work in raw. But occasionally I don't have time to do all the proper developing and need ready made jpegs.

All-in-all an excellent camera. I soon plan to sell my 10D. I won't need anything else until Mark IIIs come out in the next couple of years..