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T2i/40D Decisions

 
sailaway78
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Jan 17, 2013 19:03 |  #1

I am ready to move up from my T3, which I realize is the bottom the Canon line. Within my budget I can manage a T21 or a 40D. I like the 18mp of the T2i, but really want a faster burst speed since I shoot a lot of birds in flight, or try to. I would be willing to trade off the burst speed for more mp, but am concerned with the auto focus. Which is my primary problem with the T3. The auto focus on it is just way to slow. So, what think you all. Is there a major difference, or any difference in the auto focus between the 40D and T2i. When it comes down to it, this will be my deciding factor.




  
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Jan 19, 2013 18:03 |  #2

The 'speed' of AF depends more on the lens. What lens(es) are you now using on the T3?


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I ­ weston ­ I
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Jan 19, 2013 18:40 |  #3

sailaway78 wrote in post #15502300 (external link)
I am ready to move up from my T3, which I realize is the bottom the Canon line. Within my budget I can manage a T21 or a 40D. I like the 18mp of the T2i, but really want a faster burst speed since I shoot a lot of birds in flight, or try to. I would be willing to trade off the burst speed for more mp, but am concerned with the auto focus. Which is my primary problem with the T3. The auto focus on it is just way to slow. So, what think you all. Is there a major difference, or any difference in the auto focus between the 40D and T2i. When it comes down to it, this will be my deciding factor.

The autofocus for the T2i will be the same as the T3. If you intend to get faster focusing, the 40D will do that. The sensors are much better than the rebel line.

If you want the fastest possible focusing, pair a USM lens with the 40D and it will be very fast and accurate.


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Jan 19, 2013 19:59 as a reply to  @ I weston I's post |  #4

Just finished dealing with basically the same gear decision for my backup. I had a t2i that was funtioning as a back up to my 5D3, but after using 1D and 5D series bodies for the past year or so, the Rebel didn't get used as I didn't like its feel.

So, I sold the t2i and bought a like new gripped 40D. It ended up being a break even deal cash-wise. The feel of the 40D in hand will make it much more likely to pull it out and shoot with it occasionally.

I think 40D's are a steal at their current selling price -very undervalued for a terrific body.


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Jan 19, 2013 21:57 |  #5

I weston I wrote in post #15509681 (external link)
The autofocus for the T2i will be the same as the T3. If you intend to get faster focusing, the 40D will do that. The sensors are much better than the rebel line.

If you want the fastest possible focusing, pair a USM lens with the 40D and it will be very fast and accurate.

That's just plain incorrect in this case. In fact, the T2i, 60D and 7D all use the same sensor.




  
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Jan 20, 2013 09:22 |  #6

Madwrench wrote in post #15510168 (external link)
That's just plain incorrect in this case. In fact, the T2i, 60D and 7D all use the same sensor.

AF Sensors are better on the 40D...not the image sensor. Sorry for the lack of clarity!


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Jan 20, 2013 09:28 |  #7

If you need better AF go for an XXD series but the t2i will have high resolution and slightly better image quality at high ISO.

I use a 40D regularly and the af is very solid. Not 7d level but reliable if your not doing anything to crazy.


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Jan 20, 2013 15:20 |  #8

sailaway78 wrote in post #15502300 (external link)
I am ready to move up from my T3, which I realize is the bottom the Canon line. Within my budget I can manage a T21 or a 40D. I like the 18mp of the T2i, but really want a faster burst speed since I shoot a lot of birds in flight, or try to. I would be willing to trade off the burst speed for more mp, but am concerned with the auto focus. Which is my primary problem with the T3. The auto focus on it is just way to slow. So, what think you all. Is there a major difference, or any difference in the auto focus between the 40D and T2i. When it comes down to it, this will be my deciding factor.

The T2i will have better ISO performance, image resolution, HD video, etc. A 40D will have better AF, FPS rate and buffer - look for a low shutter count !




  
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