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Canon EOS 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.
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. :-)