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Canon EOS 20D

Review Date: Oct 24, 2004 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,599.00 | Rating: 8 

Pros: Turn on and focus speed are a nice upgrade to the 10D. Weight is a bit lower, and the controls are nicely laid out. Still has the nice, solid feel of the 10D. The 'date' battery much more logically placed.
While the weight is lower, for me it is a bit too light. With the BG, I expect a certain heft, which is missing. Then again, after a day hiking, I suppose the lighter weight is a benefit. The BG-E2 could be a bit more robustly engineered to remove flex. I want a mirror lockup lever/button, dangit. Why is that buried in a menu? (still...)

I have had the camera for a few days now. On picking up the unit from the local shop, the first camera had a issue with the top LCD panel blanking after the first shot. (Not locking up, just not displaying information...) While the top LCD panel could be read if the camera were angled, this was an obvious fault.

Fortunately, the shop had a second 20D on hand (an 18-55 kit ) and they were able to swap the broken unit for a working example.

With fw 1.0.2, the camera worked well and without a single lockup. I also noticed that focusing was pretty danged fast, even while trying to lock on to black painted and natural metal bits of a steam locomotive undercarriage in a poorly lit shed. (