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Canon EOS 20D

20d
Review Date: Oct 9, 2004 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,499.00 | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Focus and metering are better on the 20D, compared to my 10D. Larger files, better resolution. Sensor noise reduction (automatic dark frame subtraction?) is great for astroimaging.
Cons:
Work flow changes required to accomodate .CR2 from .CRW. Noisy shutter. Not as comfortable in my hand as the 10D.

My initial impression is that the 20D is a step up from the 10D, but not a huge step up. Evolutionary, you might say. I wish they had not changed from CRW to CR2 file formats, but maybe it was necessary for some reason. Now I need to upgrade Photoshop CS (done) and Breeze Browser (pending) to reestablish my work flow. I plan to use the camera primarily for bird photography in the daytime, so the improved focus, metering and resolution are helpful. I plan to use the camera extensively for astroimaging (2-4 minute exposures) so the ISO 3200 speed and the built in noise reduction are very desirable. I will post again in a couple of weeks with astroimaging results when I return from the mountain top. :-)