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Old 03-09-2008, 02:04 PM   #1 (permalink)

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I am at the point in my photography where I am seriously thinking about upgrading my camera body and I have two choices and I want to ask for input and opinions from the group.

I have been and am now photographing with a Canon EOS 10D body which until now has served me quite well but my photography is rapidly progressing to the next level and I want a camera that will help me get there and give me the tools I need to reach that level. I am not willing to spend the money for the latest and greatest simple because I do not feel that I need it which leaves the EOS 40D and 5D out although they are great cameras.

I am looking at a used EOS 20D or 30D and I want to hear the pros and cons of each body. Both are 8.2 megapixel cameras but I am sure there are other differences with the 30D being newer. The price difference I am seeing between the 20D and 30D is approx. $200.00 and considering I am going to have to buy a new Grip, since Canon has pulled the older Grips from the market, for whichever body I select the 20D is looking like the winner but I want to make an informed choice.

Also, I know that Canon has released new batteries for its cameras. My 10D originally came with the BP-511 battery and now I hear that there is, and has been, a BP-511A battery. My question is, aside from price, what is the difference in the two batteries?

Any comments, suggestions, advice will be appreciated. Thanks.
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Re: Time To Upgrade
Old 03-09-2008, 04:08 PM   #2 (permalink)
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No real difference. I have several of each type of battery and use them interchangeably in my 20D and 10D. But I also have a number of after market batteries, and they have worked very well. The only problem I've had is with the older Canon batteries that no longer seem to hold a charge as long.

As for which camera to upgrade to, I would go with the 40D if you really want to jump start a new era in your photography. The 20D from 10D is not much of a jump. Getting a 20D, when you already have a 10D, is more like getting second body, it doesn't give you a real jump in new features. Going to the 40D gives you live view, which is a real boon for certain types of photography. Also being able to shoot fast bursts is wonderful in glamour when using existing light. Etc.


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Re: Time To Upgrade
Old 03-09-2008, 09:24 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I went from a 10D to a 30D. The 30D is a joy to use with instant wake up and battery life that I could only have dreamed of with the 10D. What I don't like about the 30D is an increased tendency to blow highlights when shooting in JPEG format (haven't noticed this with RAW) and the fact that the larger viewing panel on the back of the camera isn't as sharp as the smaller panel on the 10D when viewing enlarged images to check for focus. I understand the 40D improved on the first issue. I don't know about the second. That being said, I wouldn't trade my 30D for a stack of 10Ds. It's just easier to use. However, I do have 40D envy.

I almost forgot to add that the BP 511A seems to charge faster and last longer than the BP 511.
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I am in same situation as I have a Rebel XTi. With the Rebel XSi coming in April, will it be feasible to purchase an XSi or upgrade with lenses, flash, etc. for the XTi?
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Re: Time To Upgrade
Old 03-11-2008, 11:49 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I think you may to rethink your position that a 5D is out of the question. they have come down in price and are a really good camera. Refurbished options exist too.
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