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Canon EOS 30D Digital SLR Camera (incl. EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens Kit) - (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

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  • 8.2 MP CMOS sensor
  • 5fps, 30 JPEG image burst
  • 2.5" LCD
  • Picture Style image processing
  • Spot metering & 9-point AF
  • Digital Photo Professional software
  • Magnesium alloy body
  • Compatible with all EF/EF-S lenses and EX Speedlite flashes
  • Connectivity

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  • Item Weight: 2.1 Kg
  • Boxed-product Weight: 2.1 Kg
  • Item model number: 1234B020AA
  • ASIN: B000F6ILPA
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 1 Jan. 2001
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 117,791 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

Product Description

Product Description

Spot metering allows you to base the optimal exposure value on a concentrated spot (3.5%) in the scene - useful in high-contrast scenes where precise metering control is required. Select from one of nine fixed focusing points across the scene for fast, accurate focusing even with off-centre subjects and 'rule-of-thirds' compositions. DiG!C II renders colours with precision and accuracy. Fast and efficient, DiG!C II prolongs battery life and delivers instant 0.15 second start up time. The Digital Photo Profe...

Manufacturer's Description

Canon's EOS 30D brings proven EOS technology to a new level, giving photographers an unbeatable photographic experience. The EOS 30D incorporates a host of new features with Canon's highly acclaimed 8.2 mega pixel CMOS sensor and DIGIC II Image Processor. The EOS 30D includes enhanced operational features such as a new 2.5-inch LCD monitor, true spot metering, a durable new shutter mechanism and Canon's Picture Style feature, all in a sturdy, magnesium-clad body. With all these new features the EOS 30D is truly perfection, refined.

Canon's large-area CMOS (complementary metal oxide semiconductor) sensor captures images with exceptional clarity and tonal range, and offers the most pixels in its class. This APS-C size sensor (22.5 x 15.0mm) has the same 3:2 ratio as film cameras, enabling an effective angle of view that is 1.6x the normal EF Lens focal length. The EOS 30D has an extensive ISO range (from 100 to 1600 plus ISO 3200 in extended mode), which is selectable in 1/3-stop increments. The sensor features a newly developed set of narrow-gap micro lenses and noise reduction circuits to improve performance at high ISO values, and optimized photodiode configurations for improved performance at all ISO values. This results in larger, clearer, sharper and more detailed photographs right from the start.

The EOS 30D is the product of Canon's extensive in-house development: The DIGIC II Image Processor was designed specifically for Canon digital SLRs and enhances every aspect of image capture. Information captured by the CMOS sensor is processed and assembled into images of exceptional quality. The DIGIC II Image Processor employs sophisticated signal processing algorithms and works at greater speeds, all while consuming less energy. The entire processing chip - not just the software that drives it - is dedicated for use in a digital still camera.

The EOS 30D is one of the fastest cameras Canon has ever produced. Incorporating the fast operation of the EOS 20D, the 30D allows users to specify high-speed 5 fps or a new low-speed 3 fps continuous shooting for more controlled shooting and/or to save space on the CF card. And it can capture up to 30 JPEG and 11 RAW (or 9 RAW + JPEG) files in one burst.

The EOS 30D has a brilliant 2.5 inch LCD monitor with approximately 230, 000 pixels. Adopted from Canon's professional EOS SLRs, this monitor not only displays more information, it can also be viewed at a greater angle (170°) than many conventional LCD monitors. Magnification has never been faster. Magnification zooms to the focus point rather than the centre of the image to check exposure and critical focus. It is also simple to jump quickly in image intervals up to 100. Menus are accessed at the touch of a button and feature larger text that is easier to read. Whether setting up custom functions, organizing folders or setting white balance, the EOS 30D helps photographers get to their information quickly, so they never miss a shot.

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By A. Roberton TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 16 Oct. 2006
I bought the EOS 30D with the 17-85mm IS lens as I wanted something a little better than the kit lens. This is my first digital SLR and I wasn't disappointed. I have had my '30' for several months now and I can honestly say that it is one of the best buys I have ever made. The whole digital experience has been quite amazing, but using this camera has taken photography to a new level. Like many before I was well entrenched in film and didn't really feel that digital was 'real' photography - how wrong I was. The quality of the pictures is simply stunning - even if you are a beginner you can switch to full automatic and use it as a point and shoot camera until you feel ready to experiment a little. As the other reviewer has already pointed out, the (rechargable) battery lasts for ages, but I still carry a fully charged spare. If you are moving from film to digital then prepare yourself for a shock. The whole process of picture taking changes with digital, no film to waste and hundreds of pictures captured on a single 2 gig card which can be transferred to computer or edited in camera. The Canon EOS 30D is superb; from the quality of its design and manufacture to the lovely "Clunky Click" of the shutter.

The best investment to the digital age I have ever made - I'm sure that if you follow the same path, you too will find the wonderful world of digital photography will drawyou in and you'll soon be hooked.
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I upgraded from a 300D to a 30D and what a difference. The build quality is far superior and the way it feels, but it successfully retains that familar Canon feel. The larger LCD at the rear is easier to use and see for those of who are getting a little older. The menu is largely left alone but with little added extra's . The addition of an top LCD for functions that don't require your eye to he viewfinder is a blessing. The Battery seems to last forever and the included is extraordinary, full printed manual ,quick start guide, warranty 2 cd-rom's with electronic versions and software for transferring and manipulation .The packaged lense is the new mkII 18-55 ,quiet and fast couldn't tell the difference from he mkI.

I could go on and on but I'll just bore you. I was was going to buy the 5D but couldn't justify the extra grand but this camera gives everything I need without the added expense. I have been using Canon cameras for many years from T70, A1, F1 and have never been let down as of yet for quality or reliability
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This camera is superb, I cannot fault it. There are a good many reviews on the web more thorough and more expert than any I would be able to provide, but I'll say a few words, if I may, on this particular body/kit lens deal. The 30D comes with an 18-55 cheapie lens to get you started, and this is a bit of a gripe.

It pays not to be snobbish about lenses. The manufacturing processes involved in making lenses have improved dramatically in the last couple of decades, putting inexpensive, practical lenses into the hands of almost everyone who has an interest. Of course, some are still better than others, but better lenses take sharper photographs, not better photographs, and some of the best images ever made were made using equipment which, by today's standards, would be thought distinctly crude. A better lens gives you a wider margin for error - it will not make you a better photographer. A Canon L-lens costing a thousand pounds will not improve anyone's unimaginative holiday snaps.

However, this is not to say that the 18-55 lens has a great deal to recommend it. The lens works well enough, but if - like me - you prefer to work candidly and spontaneously, often in low-light situations without using a flash to bleach your subject into featurelessness, this lens will annoy you. The maximum aperture is quite narrow, and will not admit enough light to make a sharp, well-lit image in any number of critical situations. There's no full-time manual control. It's rattly, plasticky and cheaply made. On the plus side, it's light, and you won't break your heart over it if it gets damaged.

If this beautiful camera has a flaw, it's the fact that the sensor isn't full frame. It is slightly smaller than a 35mm negative would be. Long story short, the image is ends up cropped.
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Bought one of these a couple of weeks ago, and I have to say, what a fantastic piece of kit!

The last time I was into photography in any way was many years ago when i had a Canon AE1 programme. This is my first foray into digital SLR and this camera makes it very easy.

It is very well built and full size rather than the cut down eso 400. This was important as I find it much more stable to handle. It costs a fair bit more than the 400 but in my opinion is worth the extra.

Highly recommended.
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