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HELP: Going Digital
Old 03-25-2006, 03:12 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I need the help from those of you who have already moved up in the world!

I am tossing up between the Canon 20d or 30d, any advice....

I would love to get a 5d! but the wife reckons that the cheaper 20 and 30 might be better cost wise so I can set myself up in the digital world!

your help would be great PLEASE!
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Re: HELP: Going Digital
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I'm a Nikon guy but if I were going to the dark side-just kidding don't flame me-I would definitely go for the newer 30D if only for the LCD screen size. The small screen on the 20D bugs all my friends who shoot with them. Besides, newer is supposed to be better right!

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If i had enough money for 30D , i would choose 20D with good lens. I have 350D and L lens and i don't need enything better (for now).The price you will pay will be the same.Remember that the lens gives picture quality ( in RAW mode).
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Thanks LSC and gkulka for your comments, can anyone else also shed some light on my problem. I would love to know if you were to have the choice, what would YOU pick?
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Old 03-25-2006, 04:20 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I got a 30D a month ago and am truly existed about it, I had a 20D it is outstanding as well. Go with the 30D you love it! Not that better in general but the up grades have proven to be out standing. Good Luck and happy shooting with ether of them.
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Re: HELP: Going Digital
Old 03-25-2006, 05:15 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I bought the 20D just as the 30D was announced...then I had a 30D in my hands and, yes, the back screen is a good upgrade. But I didn't have the chance to play around with anything else. There is supposed to be a longer life on the shutter mechanism than on the 20D but considering the amount of usage I figure I'll have on the 20D the difference in price (20D markdown vs. 30D initial price) was enough to make me go for the 20D. Did I make a bad choice? Well, as the 20D has proven itself to be a very good stable camera I'm okay with this choice.

One thing of note is that the roll out cost of the 30D is actually less than the 20D's roll out was back 18+months ago. So I figure that in a year's time the 30D's price should be inviting to pick one up at that time.

As it is had you been in this situation of going into digital for the first time the 30D was all but vaporware...mere rumours...so you would not have had the choice.

Gkulka has it right...lenses make the image. So your choice is to save a bit of cash going with the 20D and use that extra money for some good glass...or pay the higher price for the 30D with it's (realistically) minimal upgrades.

Make your choice and get out there and shoot...no regrets, just images.
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Thanks RHWeiner, you have made many valuable points! Great thinking material! although the 2.5" screen sounds good...
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