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Canon EOS 40D

Review Date: Jun 23, 2009 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $925.00 | Rating: 8 

Pros: great value, clean output upto ISO1600, brisk auto focus in marginal light, optional grid finder, improved control layout compared to 20D/30D
review screen shows soft & very saturated images with odd color balance, no usable Auto ISO like Nikons in this price range.

To me, this camera is a classic. At the time of this writing, I own three 40Ds for Wedding work. The 40D corrects many performance & ergonomic issues of the 20D and 30D that came before. ISO changes are quick with a dedicated button and viewfinder indicator. The low light Auto Focus is great for this price range. The optional grid finder was long overdue. The signature black Canon hotshoe is actually a good thing - the black paint would just come off in heavy use.

JPEGs up to ISO1600 are very clean thanks to wonderful Noise Reduction and the Highlight Protection that really works. The ISO1600 shadow banding of the 30D is gone and the 40D shadow noise just looks like film grain, as it should.

What's not to like? There's no useable AutoISO like comparable Nikons, and the review (chimp) screen shows soft images with unreal saturation and an odd hue balance.

40D or 50D? I chose not to update to the 50D because of the much reported noisier ISO1600 output compared to the 40D. Canon should've stopped at 12mp which is probably the ideal spec for this sensor size.

Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM

Review Date: Jul 8, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,025.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: size, reach, image quality
no tripod ring included

I prefer carrying this lens all day to the legendary 2.8 version - the weight savings are dramatic (the F4 IS "little white" weighs less than a 24-70L).

Super sharp wide-open on EFs and full-frame

I was very disappointed that no tripod ring was included at this price.