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Looking to upgrade; is a 40D a good choice?

 
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Dec 13, 2011 17:17 |  #1

My husband and I enjoy photography as a hobby with occasional occupational use (he's a tech director for our church, I'm a makeup artist). I come from a film background, using an old Canon A-1, and my husband's had a Rebel xt for 5 years. We are ready to upgrade, but we're still on a tight budget. We can't afford to spend $800+ on a body alone, have no real use for video, and have the opportunity to buy a used 40D for a fair price.

Is this a worthwhile hold-over until we can afford to upgrade to a full-frame body? Thoughts?


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Dec 13, 2011 17:27 |  #2

its a great body, but for the price i'd also look at the t3i :)




  
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Dec 13, 2011 18:10 |  #3

I would always pick a 40D over a T2i if you're not interested in video.

I absolutely LOVE my 40D. It's cheap, it's simple, it has super nice ergonomics and it does what it has to do. I don't know how much of an upgrade the 40D over a XT would be, but I'd highly recommend a 40D.


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Dec 13, 2011 18:27 as a reply to  @ TijmenDal's post |  #4

Whats a fair price?

For a casual user the rebel line is acceptable--but the 40D is my camera of choice due to the AF speed and control system.

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Dec 13, 2011 18:29 |  #5

I can't attest to any other DSLR as the 40D is my first but I'm very, very satisfied.


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Dec 13, 2011 20:36 |  #6

A 40D here in Michigan can be purchased for $40, body only on craigs list. If you can purchase for that range, yes, it will make a great camera body. You'll be able to sell the 40 when you want to upgrade to a 50 or 7d in the future. The rebel cameras take a while sometimes to sell.


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Dec 13, 2011 21:27 as a reply to  @ timberlandlh's post |  #7

I like the feel of the all metal body and controls on the 40D alot, but, it was my first Canon body. FWIW I used a grip on mine most of the time, it felt a bit small in my hands...the rebels etc. felt like toys. Maybe check the shutter count if you can, they are tough cameras in my experience. Enjoy it!




  
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Dec 13, 2011 21:56 |  #8

timberlandlh wrote in post #13541100 (external link)
A 40D here in Michigan can be purchased for $40, body only on craigs list. If you can purchase for that range, yes, it will make a great camera body. You'll be able to sell the 40 when you want to upgrade to a 50 or 7d in the future. The rebel cameras take a while sometimes to sell.

$40??




  
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Dec 13, 2011 22:01 |  #9

I shot a 40D, and I honestly think I'll get another. It's such a great body and it fills the needs of any photographer. My thoughts are if you can't do it with a 40D, you need faster glass :)




  
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Dec 13, 2011 22:02 as a reply to  @ IdiotsAbound's post |  #10

If you can get a 40d for $40 I will take 3.



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Dec 13, 2011 22:13 |  #11

I rarely use video so not having it would not bother me, so that puts me in similar situation as you in that sense.

That said, unless I could spring for a 7D, I'd be buying a 40D. It's a fantastic feature set for the price.

Getting a 50D over the 40D gains you micro adjust, but you sacrifice image quality and FPS. Getting a 60D loses you the magnesium body, FPS, and CF cards and doesn't even have micro adjust (step back from the 50D). All the comparable rebels in that price range (T2i/T3i) only gain you some megapixels at a loss of the nice pro layout with the thumbwheel as well as general build quality.


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Dec 13, 2011 22:14 |  #12

More than likely the above user meant a 40D can be had for $400, which is close to what the forum prices are currently at.


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Dec 13, 2011 22:17 |  #13
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I have 3 canons
Xti - which is nice but my wife and i let our 11yr old daughter use it to learn how to take photos

T1i - my wife use this for her photos, and i use it for shoots and other stationary / slow moving photos.. I feel that the 3.4 fps just doesnt cut the mustard for action/sports photos

40D - this is my main all around camera, since im not a pro. and dont charge for the photos i have shot. I use this for paintball photography because the 6.5 fps allows me to catch alot more shots i would miss with the T1i. While this camera is only 10mp it still shoots pictures just as amazing as the T1i.


I personally feel that the MP of a camera doesnt matter. to me MPs come into play when your cropping pictures, but i could be wrong since i very rarely crop pictures.

When i bought my 40D i only had enough cash for the body but if you have the money for a T2i/T3i, I'd buy the 40d and use the money you saved to buy an L lense..

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Dec 13, 2011 22:24 |  #14

I've had 2 - 40D's, 1 7D and a 5DII. I now have 1 - 40D and a 5DII. 40D is a great body, I'll not get rid of the one I have. To me, it has a much nicer feel than the Rebel line. I think $400 would be a good ball park number.


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Dec 13, 2011 22:43 as a reply to  @ windpig's post |  #15

I had a 30d and loved it but got a good deal at Christmas time last year for a virtually new 40d and upgraded to that.

The 40d is a great camera, fast fps, with some excellent features. I couldn't be happier........

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