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Old 06-18-2006, 11:26 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I am wanting to step up to a Canon 20D, but am finding that the 350D is a very similar camera. I am curious if anyone else has done research and would like to know what and why they made the choice that they did.
I'm not trying to start a "which brand is better" debate, just why you chose the Canon that you did.
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Old 06-18-2006, 11:51 AM   #2 (permalink)
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If you can, go to a camera shop and hold both the 20D and 350D in your hand ... I believe you'll decide on the 20D pretty quickly after that. Although the features on paper may seem similar (and for the record, the 20D does have a better image sensor) the build quality of the 350D (aka Digital Rebel XT) is of far lessser quality then the 20D. I've got pretty big hands, and the 350D feels like a toy compared to my 20D.

Probably the best way of describing the differences is the 350D is designed for Mass Market consumers, the 20D is designed for Serious Amateurs and Professionals.

You might want to consider going for the 30D over the 20D if you can ... The 30D is a slight improvement over the 20D. It still uses the same sensor, and has virtually the same functionality, but offers a few key improvements such as Spot Metering, ISO down to 50 (20D only goes to ISO100), and an improved buffer.
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Old 06-18-2006, 01:41 PM   #3 (permalink)
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ISO down to 50 (20D only goes to ISO100)
the sweetspot ISOs on dSLRs remains in the 100-200 range. i've shot my 5d at ISO 50 numerous times--thinking, as in the case of film, it would yield better resolution, etc.-- and decided that ISO 100 is preferred.
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Old 06-18-2006, 04:33 PM   #4 (permalink)
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the sweetspot ISOs on dSLRs remains in the 100-200 range. i've shot my 5d at ISO 50 numerous times--thinking, as in the case of film, it would yield better resolution, etc.-- and decided that ISO 100 is preferred.
Good to know ... thank you sir.

Saving my pennies for a 5D as well, moreso for the fullframe sensor than anything else ... Of course by the time I have saved up for it, I'm sure they'll be onto a new and improved somethin' somethin'
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Old 06-19-2006, 12:07 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Saving my pennies for a 5D as well, moreso for the fullframe sensor than anything else ...
the full-frame sensor (at its cost) was the single, most-persuasive reason i purchased my 5D.
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Old 06-19-2006, 02:02 AM   #6 (permalink)
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I am wanting to step up to a Canon 20D, but am finding that the 350D is a very similar camera. I am curious if anyone else has done research and would like to know what and why they made the choice that they did.
I'm not trying to start a "which brand is better" debate, just why you chose the Canon that you did.
Thanks
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I have 3 Canon bodies; the 300D (350D precursor), the 20D and the 5D.

The 350D is a good "beginner" dSLR. However, you will quickly grow out of it. You will tire of the slow burst speed and the amount of time it takes for the buffer dump to flash card. Not to mention, no PC sync socket to connect studio lights. (You can get around this using a hotshoe adapter or a hot shoe remote for your strobes)

Anyways.. The 20D/30D is your best bet for APS-C (1.6 crop) sensor.

Me, I'm loving the 5D. Best investment I've made in the last 2 years!
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You might want to consider going for the 30D over the 20D if you can ... The 30D is a slight improvement over the 20D. It still uses the same sensor, and has virtually the same functionality, but offers a few key improvements such as Spot Metering, ISO down to 50 (20D only goes to ISO100), and an improved buffer.
You left out the difference I thought was the most important: the (much) bigger screen on the back.

Why pick the 20D/30D over the 350D? I'd say because it's built to be used daily; the 350D is built to be used on weekends and holidays.

Every time I pick up the 30D, though, I remember why I prefer the 5D
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