"Amazing camera"on by daniella3d
Pros AF, frame buffer, burst, LiveView, excellent image quality
Cons The burst slow down with older lenses like the 50mm F1.8 In AI servo
Summary I do birds and wildlife and a lot and needed a camera that could have the AF performance very robust in AI servo and the 40D delivers. It AF well with a non reporting teleconverter like the Tamron 1.4x and my 400mm F5.6 L.
So far I don't seen any negative except one, which would be that the burst rate slow down to about 4 or 5fps when using it with AI servo and a lens like 50mm F1.8. So the burst rate in AI servo is directly dependant on the AF speed of the lens.
Despite this, I gave it a 10 because it's not really the camera fault if a lens is slow to AF. I rather have the burst slow down a bit if the lens can't keep up than having a lot of frames out of focus.
I was using the 20D before and this one is a major step above the 20D in term of speed and AF precision.
Pros Image Quality, Live View, Dust prevention, Speed
Cons LCD preview not accurate
Summary Overall this camera is great in every respect. All the new features in 40D makes it a worthwhile upgrade from xxD series. Speed, custom functions, Live view, Dust prevention, constuction are build quality are great. Larger LCD is great but I wish the camera displayed a high resolution of the picture when magnified to check the focus. At full magnification pictures look fuzzy. I hope Canon fixes this in the upcoming firmware releases.Updated
I upgraded from a 30D and I love the Live View and Auto Dust clean features. 10Mp is adequate for most situtions except highly professional work. Camera feels solid and very comfortable to hold. Rotating dial is very effective. Picture quality is outstanding. However I have one gripe which is probably shared among all 40D owners. The preview on the LCD is blurry when magnified. The LCD itself is capable of showing a much better image but Canon insists on using low resolution jpeg thumbnails for preview. This could be easily fixed in Firmware but so far Canon has not done it. Regretfully in this respect Nikon outshines Canon.
Pros Large Grip, Large LCD, Clear View Finder, Manageable Noise, Fast Responsive Auto Focus, 6 FPS
Cons LCD Is Mediocre, Top LCD Buttons Are a Bit too far to reach
Summary First Impressions
I love this camera so much, its so much fun an easy to use. Once you get used to the controls (or if you've used previous models) its really easy to use. The large grip makes it easy to hold and feels better in the hands, especially when I am use heavy lenses like the 70-200mm f/2.8 it feels like it balances the weight very well.
Its pretty sharp and nice color saturation, though I would like to see my colors more punchy without having to adjust my settings in Standard. The noise on this camera is kept very well in check with very little noise up to 1000 ISO. And even usable pictures at 3200ISO (with a little noise reduction software).
It feels really comfortable and does not feel hard to hold. Ergonomics and cosmetics on this body are wonderful, sleek black body and feels very sturdy. Only nitpick i can think of is the placement of the buttons on the top LCD. The last button is just a tad to far for my index finger to reach without loosening my grip on the camera with my right hand.
6FPS, wow. It captures things I could never capture with my XTi in burst mode. Its amazing how it sounds, I love it. Anyways besides the fast shutter speed, another feature it has is the Live View. I personally have only used it twice? Its not very practical for me but if your doing macro you can zoom in on any part of the picture and finely tune the focus with your manuel focus.
Its an amazing piece of equipment I know that I will use a lot in the years to come!
"QUALITY FEEL"on by rugercat
Pros IMAGES TO MY LIKING,COMPARED TO D80
Cons LCD SCREEN DOES'NT REP. IMAGE WELL
Summary The Canon 40D has a great quality feel,produces an image I like compared to the Nikon D80,has a softness to the image that's constant and produces a constant background also.Where the D80 was a little more sharper on the subject,but did'nt seem the same,exact sharpness all over the focus area.My eyes enjoy that overall solid softness to the 40D.I'm eager to use with L series Lense's.I have kit 28-135 and purchased a seperate EF 70-300mm 1:4-5:6IS USM lense.
I find the 28-135 lense supplied with 40D o be a great,overall lense.The IS works great.The $650.00 70-300 is similar but does require more steadiness even with the 2 stage IS feature.
I can't rely totally on the LCD screen for any slight defects to images,I wish it had a better LCD screen resolution (or whatever it would be) to display images to near perfect representation of image,if so it would rate a close 10 for me!
Pros Great images with low noise, fast and accurate AF, well built
Cons None at this time
Summary I wanted to upgrade from my Canon Rebel XT which is a very good beginner dSLR. But I wanted something that is faster with great images even at high ISO.
This camera feels like a dSLR while the Rebel XT seemed a little too small and very plastiky. The AF is very good even at low light and much faster than the Rebel XT. Also I can now take images at 1/3 ISO stops. The images are also less grainy / noisy even at 1250 / 1600 ISO. This camera also has some great features found in the 1D Mark III including 3" Liveview LCD, Auto Sensor Cleaning. Finally, this camera is extremely responsive from start up to taking a shot - max 6.5 fps is much faster than the Rebel XT.
I also find that the images are either properly exposed / maybe sometimes a little over-exposed. But my Rebel XT seemed to under-expose most images. The images from the 40D are sharp with great colours and detail.
I highly recommend this semi-pro camera. Great value for the price.