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Canon EOS 40D

40d
Review Date: May 7, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,145.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Price, Usable ISO 3200, Color/detail rendition, ergonomics.
Cons:
no full weather-sealing, no in-camera double-exposure feature

I have used the 20D since 2004. Upgrading to the 40D was a very welcome move, especially that I can now see the ISO on the viewfinder! as for hi ISO performance, this camera delivers the goods (but of course, that comes with just getting the exposure right also!). Here's a sample:
http://ianvincent.multiply.com/photos/hi-res/127/53?xurl=http%3A%2F%2Fianvincent.multiply.com%2Fphotos%2Falbum%2F127%2F2008.05.03_Sakura_Matsuri%2353

I gave it a 10 for the overall rating, considering the price, durability and functionality of this gear. I'm no super pro by any means, and I'm really just a hobbyist with some little oppoturtunities once in a while, and I can say that the 40D is one decent workhorse. My clients have been happy, and I have also repeat clients as well (going back to my 20D days). The 20D is still one very capable camera, and is now used as my back-up unit. I would say that the camera behaves slightly (only very slightly) different from the 20D, perhaps because of it's sensitivity. I'm sure it's just me not being too familiar yet with spot-metering. I waited for a decent and worthwhile upgrade to my 20D, and I got it in this camera. Now... what if CANON built an articulated built-in flash design into their future cameras (this way, with just the standard built-in flash, you can actually tilt it's head...I don't think it's a far-fetched idea at all).

For those of you thinking of getting a 40D...go get one already. For those planning on switching to Nikon...hey, they have a great camera too! It's a great year to be a D-SLR owner.