- 10.1-megapixel CMOS sensor captures enough detail for photo-quality poster-size prints
- Kit includes body and EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Standard Zoom Lens
- Large 3.0-inch LCD display with enhanced Live View and broadened color gamut
- 6.5 frame-per-second continuous shooting; sRAW mode; 35-zone metering system; integrated Self-Cleaning Sensor Unit
- Powered by BP-511A, BP-511, or BP-512 lithium-ion battery pack; stores images on CF cards
The Canon 40D is an amazing camera for the money. So much better than any point-and-shoot on the market, but yet does have auto features on it that do the same. This camera is really not for beginners unless you have the time and patience to concentrate on learning and practice, practice, practice. I shot over 900 pictures to achieve the best results in one particular set of parameters before I was satisfied. But once achieved, WOW. What particularly caught my attention about this camera is that they separated the menu selection buttons onto a round wheel you turn, rather than those frustrating right/left/up/down selector buttons on almost every camera body…”I have always hated trying to push the edge of a wheel without pushing the middle button.” That easy-to-use menu selection system really sealed the deal for me. Another big deal was the Image Stabilization is in the lens and not the body. That means that what you see in the view finder is exactly what you get on the picture. If you find the view finder is too close to the display and your nose is squashed, I purchased an eye-piece 0.5″ extension and removed the lens pieces before I attached it to the camera, thus creating an extended hood without reducing the image in the viewfinder. I am so happy with this camera and would have spent more for it. Enjoy.This is one of those few cameras that makes a brand. Folks will be comparing this to future cropped DSLR’s for years to come. Don’t bother with the 50D unless you plan to buy L lenses.I upgraded to this camera from a Rebel XT. I debated for months after the 50D came out whether I wanted to spend the extra on the 50D instead of the 40D. I eventually decided to go with the 40D and save the extra money. Overall, I couldn’t be happier with my purchase. The camera is very well built and solid as a rock in the hands even with a big heavy lens on it. I like having the larger size grip area even with my small hands. It makes me more able to control for camera shake. The controls are easily accessible in hand but take some adjustment if you are moving from a Rebel series camera up to the pro-sumer models like the 40D and 50D. The 3.0″ LCD screen is a dream. The histogram features are also very convenient for metering and white balance adjustment while shooting. The noise reduction is very effective and dramatically reduces the noise for high ISO shots. The camera itself is a very sturdy build, much more so than the rebel series cameras, which makes it a much better choice for photographers interested in wildlife or other outdoors photography where the potential to drop or bang the camera around increases. I find that the in camera metering is sufficient for about 95% of the shots I take. Periodically, I have to break out my light meter to get the shot that I’m going for, but most of the time the in camera metering is excellent. The 40D is nothing short of a machine gun at 6.5 fps which makes it wonderful for wildlife photographers and sports photographers alike. The battery life on this camera is also fantastic. I can take this camera out in the field for an entire day of shooting and not have to change out the battery even with my 100-400 IS lens attached with the IS on all day long. For those of you who are concerned about the weight of this camera, it is heavy. I prefer to have a heavier stronger camera body, but if weight is a serious concern, then I would highly recommend you look at the Rebel XS or XSi. Optically they are similar to the 40D, but lighter. Canon’s website offers details on the specs for each camera. The rebel series cameras, however, don’t have nearly the shooting speed of the 40D, don’t have the 40D’s excellent high ISO performance, have less battery life, and are much smaller and less durable. If these concerns aren’t a big deal to you, then the XS and XSi may be a better choice.
I couldn’t be happier with my purchase, especially since the 50D is so much more expensive and with bells and whistles that I did not need. My recommendation to anyone debating between the 40D and 50D is to do your homework and think long and hard about what you’d like to be able to do with your camera before purchasing it. The 50D has some really nice features on it that make it superior for some, but if the extra features are not needed, save your money and go with the 40D. You will not be disappointed! It is a great camera, and is at a great price as well.Grate camera. Take grate pictures. Freands borrow for sum time and get one for themselfe. I am trilled!40D conclusion: Very very nice, overall.
Auto focus is impressively fast and accurate. (incredible difference over the canon 350D) I am very pleased with the low light abilities of this camera, especially in regard to focus speed, accuracy, and noise levels (sometimes even up to iso 1600). Something I can’t say about any other digital camera I have used over the last 10 years. (all have been consumer level). IMHO low light capability and quality has been digital camera’s greatest failing but is getting better.
Auto focus is near perfect especially on a tripod.
The camera arrived with a few dust spots on the sensor (self cleaning sensor and dust delete data have no effect on) ….fairly common, from what I here, and nothing to worry about (for me I guess).
Exposure at times seems to be between 1/3 and 2/3 stop over exposed (When using auto modes and creative modes if the meter suggestion is used).
Colors are a little oversaturated with default settings (not bad though they look very nice overall) and sometimes green seems to be shifted towards blue. (probably my only actual slight concern with the camera)
The camera does seem to be very particular about white balance. When manually set it gets very nice results. When presets are used there are times when they are completely off especially with incandescent although the flash preset seems pretty good.
Hot pixels show up around 5 seconds at iso 800 (about 15)(in complete darkness). With long exposure noise correction on, there are no hot pixels apparent even at 30 second exposures at iso 3200.
User interface. Very nice nothing to complain about here
The bigger screen is great for viewing the menu but I don’t see myself using the low res screen for live view purposes that often.
One additional complaint I have with the 40D that I also had with the Rebel XT is that the light for the menu display doesn’t have a way to increase the time it will stay on, or a simple on off function that would allow it to stay on for more than 5 seconds. There is a quick way to see the menu using the main LCD though, (by pressing the info button twice) which stays on till you turn it off.
All of the very minor issues I have mentioned above are easily correctable with either camera settings/photographic technique/or adjustments to photo’s captured in RAW.
I’m not a professional but I can’t recommend this camera highly enough. It feels very well built and gives you the feeling that it probably knows more about what it’s capable of than you. And the images it produces even for an amateur are amazing.
I was trying to decide between the 40D and the 50D, stepping up from a 350D. I’ll be honest, I was very happy with the 350D and still am. I personally chose the 40D because of all the user reviews/ the photo’s I’ve seen taken with the 40D/ the slight price difference/ the photo file sizes/ and the better dynamic range. (Although from what I’ve seen the 350D has a slightly better dynamic range than both the 40D and the 50D. In the big scheme of things I doubt that really means anything with all things considered). ( plus I get a little nervous when I here a sensor has been pushed as far as possible, but that’s just me. It may sound odd and my reasoning could be wrong but if the 50D was 10-12 Meg. pixel I probably would have chosen it instead). Plus with all the arguments out there for and against both the 40D and the 50D it almost seems like a coin flip and I doubt that I would have been unhappy with either. With all that said I feel I made the right choice, I’m very happy with the 40D and I have no regrets.
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