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5.0 out of 5 stars Great camera / lens, 10 Mar. 2008
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This review is from: Canon EOS 40D Digital SLR Camera (incl. EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Lens Kit) (Camera)
This is my first "proper" dSLR. After owning a nice Canon film EOS, I bought a small Canon p&s (point and shoot) which is also a great little camera.
I bought this camera rather than the 400D because
1) it's a bigger and much sturdier body being crafted from metals rather than plastic. Now some might prefer the lighter 400d but for me the larger 40d is just much nicer to handle and use.
2) the kit lens is better quality than the one with the 400d.

Having owned the camera for a few months now, the key points over film or compact digital are
- with a 4Gb card you'll fit literally hundreds of images on a card
- image quality is just fantastic and you can snap away without worrying about film or filling up the roll
- the camera is easy to use, especially if you're used to a film EOS, with the usual "full idiot" mode if you're just snapping away, but
- buried within the various menus are all sorts of adjustments to metering and film speed to keep you busy for a while.

Some other points if you do buy one - because this camera has really stimulated my interest in photography again
- select "raw" mode for image storage on the data-card because you can then make all sorts of adjustments to the image on the PC when you download the photos
- you may be interested in some other software - well I think Adobe lightroom is very nice but before you splash out £200 please ensure you make full use of the canon software that comes with the camera including working through the extensive tutorial which, again, comes with. (I'm still learning and it's fun to use)

If you fancy a long lens, I've gone for the Canon 70-200 L4; which is £400 on Amazon. This is a really nice compliment to the kit lens and is great quality, and very nicely balanced on the 40d body - looks great too. Bear in mind that most dSLRs have a smaller (than film) digital sensor which means there is a "crop factor" of 1.6. This means that the 200 end of the zoom is effectively a 320 zoom - long enough for most uses. Also note that all of the canon EF lenses will work on the 40d but that the EF-S range of lenses will only work on the "crop factor" ranges of digital cameras. I.e. your film EOS lenses will work fine on your 40d but the kit lens (EF-S) won't go on your film body.

Hope this helps - if you're interested enough to have read this review, you'll not regret buying the camera!
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Initial post: 26 Jul 2008, 20:07:45 BST
Olly Buxton says:
Re your comment about the crop factor, I believe (though I stand to be corrected) that this is a "full frame" camera, so the crop factor doesn't apply, as it does with (for example) the 450D.
Olly

In reply to an earlier post on 6 Aug 2008, 12:20:12 BST
paul says:
Olly - the "single digit" digital cameras in the Canon range - i.e. the new 5D - are full frame.
The "consumer" cameras such as the 400D / 40D aren't.
As I understand it, the S ranges of lenses only work on the crop cameras and won't fit on full frame digital or film bodies.
Otherwise the "full frame" is only an issue if you want to blow things up really big but i find the quality of the 40D to be just great - also the raw images are large (over 10Mb) - presumably a full frame raw image will be even bigger
Cheers
Paul
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