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Now that I made the move to Canon.. Any advice on the 20D
Old 02-17-2006, 07:27 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I will be playing all weekend with the new 20D and 70-200mm IS F2.8 zoom lens. Are there any things I should try that are unique to the 20D or canon products. I am still a Nikon guy also.. But I have to say this 20D is a step up from my D100.. There are so many options on the 20D. I can't wait for the next beach shoot..

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Re: Now that I made the move to Canon.. Any advice on the 20D
Old 02-17-2006, 08:57 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Well you certainly have a good lens for the camera. Hope you have good insurance on it since its more expensive than the camera.

As to advice: Play around with the different ways you can get auto focus. I tend to like just locking in the middle sensor since it is the most accurate. Many like to move the focus lock off to the little * button, and have the shutter button lock the exposure, so you might play around with that.

I shoot everything in RAW and this gives you the widest range of possibilities. I never shoot RAW + JPG (no need, since there is already a 1.5 megapixel jpg preview embedded in the RAW file. Checkout the RAW converter in CS2 as it seems to work best with the 20D (and I've tried almost all the RAW converters).

Don't be surprised if you get some glances when working since the shutter and mirror slap are reasonably loud.

Only use faster CF cards. They'll work much better and the 20D can take advantage of them.

When you need spare batteries consider the aftermarket. I use SterlingTec and get them for $11.95 each which is about 1/4th of Canon's price. I've had good luck with the 6 I own.

Get to know the histogram and calibrate it to the one in Photoshop. Use a black/gray/white target for this.

Experiment with Custom White Balance. It can give awesome results and even when shooting RAW gives a great advantage because then the embedded JPG will also have the proper white balance.

Well just a few notes. Enjoy the camera!

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Re: Now that I made the move to Canon.. Any advice on the 20D
Old 02-17-2006, 11:00 PM   #3 (permalink)
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My biggest advice on the 20D is exactly what was already said, lock the focus to the center. The only time that I take it off center is when I am shooting a landscape or whatnot. Most of all, enjoy it!

I have had my 20D for about a year now and I love it! I have very big hands, so I picked up the battery grip and it really added to the balance of the camera (in my mind at least) and I have never run out of battery on a normal shoot (I ran out one time when I was shooting lightning and doing extremely long exposure times but that was expected).

Good Shooting!!!
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Re: Now that I made the move to Canon.. Any advice on the 20D
Old 02-17-2006, 11:48 PM   #4 (permalink)
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For what its worth, most 20d owners I know especially portrait and location love the BG-E2 battery grip. Gives you the vertical release as well as the extra power life of 2 BP-511a's as well as the possibility of throwing AA's in there when needed.

Other then that, you got the good lens [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img] Enjoy your canon


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the list is long

24-70L 2.8
85L 1.2
135L 2.0
300L 2.8 IS
14mm 2.8
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Re: Now that I made the move to Canon.. Any advice on the 20D
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“Are there any things I should try that are unique to the 20D�

Canon's accessories for the 20D are nothing short of fantastic and you are getting suggestion in the other replies.

Things you should try with your 20D Fantastic AWB, In camera B&W with several filter options, Parameters 1&2 although I don't use them opting to use the user "set" feature.

Lets see oh the ability to shoot both Raw and jpg I know there is a mixed school of thought on this subject AND it uses a huge amount of space on the CF card but the advantages are great.

There is also a whole host of custom functions allowing the user to tailor the camera to his or her own liking.

Another great feature is Canon's flash units and being able to perform fast sync, strobe and modeling functions.

The learning curve for a camera such as this depends on the individual and how much previous experience they have had with DSLR's.

Anyway have fun, it's a great camera

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Nice setup...
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...that should turn a few heads. [Lucky Bastard]

I'm slowly socking away cash from every paycheck to, hopefully, have the 20D in my hands by summer. Just yesterday I went to the shop to drool and they've dropped the price for the body another $100 !!! I hope that by the time I've got the cash the model will still be there but it'll probably be replaced by then and the price will rocket up again. Damn.

Pointers?Suggestions? Nope got none...just envy. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]
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Re: Now that I made the move to Canon.. Any advice on the 20D
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Just have fun. I"ve got the same setup and the 28-70 2.8L and their the best camera I've ever had in my hand. I do suggest you shoot jpegs along with the raw shots at first to be able to look at your a little more quickly.


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Re: Now that I made the move to Canon.. Any advice on the 20D
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Mike,


WHy didn't you go for a D200 or D2x?
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Re: Now that I made the move to Canon.. Any advice on the 20D
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I went for the Canon because this may be just me but I see a better tone range and if you pick one up you might find as I did that it feels much better in my hands then the Nikons. I plan on keeping my d100 and doing more with it but for my outdoor shoots I am going with the Canon. This 20d is one awesome DSLR.

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