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10d (on the extremely cheap)--pretty fun, and suprisingly good

 
3leggeddog
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Feb 11, 2013 11:52 |  #1

I'm pretty new here, so hello!
Thought I'd share my recent find...

I just recently started getting back into photography after an absence of about 7 years, and it was strictly 35mm back then with a Rebel G. I picked up a new G15 a couple months back (which I love) that really helped me jump back in quickly.

Despite the great quality of the G15, I'd been getting the urge for a DSLR so that I could utilize some of my old lenses, and do some wildlife photography. But, my cash had gone to the G15 and a new G&L guitar recently, so my wife couldn't justify it.

I decided to start searching craigslist and ebay for some older mid to pro-level DSLR's (I wanted a metal body and the physical utility controls that a Rebel won't give you), and ended up finding a 10d listed as "repairable" on ebay for $45. The 'repairable' status was due to a non functioning 'zoom out' button when reviewing images on the back panel, and a small portion of the aperture reading on the top panel LCD not showing; both are complete non-issues for me. It's otherwise in good shape.

I was pretty concerned with the 6.3 megapixel count in terms of image quality and detail...but after using the camera it's surprisingly not a problem. I can get just as much detail as my G15, I'm assuming because of the larger sensor (though the G15 colors are much better, pre-processing.) The images have a pretty 'soft' look before I sharpen, but its easily fixed.

AF is also surprisingly fast and accurate.
Shutter lag exceeds what I'd like, but I'm not going to complain for $45.

I'm sure I'll end up upgrading to a newer d series at some point, but for now, I'm impressed at how well Canon had things sorted out 10 years ago.


1Ds Mk II, 10D, G15. 400 2.8 IS L, 100-400 L, 70-200 2.8 IS L, 75-300 EFII, 180 3.5 Macro L, 28-80 EFII, 17-35 2.8 L, 15 Fisheye. Uncle Pete, you were a photographer in your own league, thank you.

  
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Feb 11, 2013 11:56 |  #2

good stuff... going by a lot of what's posted on these forums, you'd expect older cameras to self-destruct a little bit every time a new model is released when in reality they remain very useable.


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Feb 11, 2013 11:56 |  #3

A friend of mine had a 10D. That's what made me go crazy for photography. I don't know what he did but he was magical with his 10D. His shots were so spot on it was crazy. I think he was also a Photoshop master as well.

The 10D is a very capable camera. And don't let the megapixels, or a lack thereof, concern you. I've got probably 30,000 pictures of my kids and maybe printed less than 500 in either photos, prints, or photobooks.




  
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Feb 11, 2013 12:05 |  #4

I still use my 10D regulary. And it's still a respectable camera if you keep its limitations in mind.


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Feb 11, 2013 12:13 as a reply to  @ Z0RR0's post |  #5

Welcome to POTN.:)

Enjoy your 10D...Good camera(especially for $45)...Bet the G15 will be gathering dust shortly.


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Feb 11, 2013 13:48 |  #6

Enjoy the 10d, 6mp is more than enough for most things

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Feb 11, 2013 13:58 |  #7

joeseph wrote in post #15598286 (external link)
good stuff... going by a lot of what's posted on these forums, you'd expect older cameras to self-destruct a little bit every time a new model is released when in reality they remain very useable.

LOL, so true.
Personally, I find the photos from the 40d to have a certain look to them that the 50d and 60d don't have despite the newer sensors they have or the increased mp count.


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Feb 11, 2013 13:58 |  #8

$45? Ouch, I remember what I paid for mine just shy of 10 years ago. Oh and I still have it, and occasionally pull it out and use it, so it's good value; especially if you were to do the math on all the film I would have shot in the same timeframe. And $45 is almost to the point it's worth picking up a 2nd and converting it for use as an IR camera.

Remember it's more important that you're out shooting than what you're shooting with.


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Feb 11, 2013 14:13 |  #9

Click my Flickr link below, I only shoot with a 10D :D


I have no shutter lag at all though, I would flash the newest firmware

http://web.canon.jp …OS10D/10D_firmw​are-e.html (external link)

The funny thing is that the 10D has the same amount of cross types that the 6D has. Which will make my transition to that camera perfect.


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Feb 11, 2013 14:16 |  #10

10D is a very capable camera. I've been shooting with a pair of 20Ds for the last 9 or so years. Both still work perfectly. I just last week added a 7D, mainly to be able to shoot some video. I have no problem reaching for either camera though.

Enjoy your "new" purchase.


7D | 20D X2 | Peleng 8mm Fisheye | Canon EF-S 17-55 f2.8 IS | 17-40 f4L | 24-70 f2.8L | 50 f1.8 MKII | 500D Close-up Lens | 85 f1.2L | 100 f2.8 Macro USM | 135 f2L | 70-200 f2.8L IS | 100-400 L IS | 400 f5.6L | Tamron 1.4X & Canon 1.4X, 2X MKII TC's, Extension Tubes, Flashes, AB Strobes etc.

  
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Feb 11, 2013 14:21 |  #11

jaomul wrote in post #15598715 (external link)
Enjoy the 10d, 6mp is more than enough for most things
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That is quite a shot. What lens was that taken with?
I'm thinking I'll have to invest in some higher quality glass at some point soon to get such results. I'm working with an old 28-80 EFII and 75-300 EFII, and a cheap Quantaray 600-1000mm that doesn't really work for anything unless the sun is shining directly on it.
When I get home this evening I'll post some sample of what I've been getting...


1Ds Mk II, 10D, G15. 400 2.8 IS L, 100-400 L, 70-200 2.8 IS L, 75-300 EFII, 180 3.5 Macro L, 28-80 EFII, 17-35 2.8 L, 15 Fisheye. Uncle Pete, you were a photographer in your own league, thank you.

  
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Feb 11, 2013 14:21 |  #12

Z0RR0 wrote in post #15598312 (external link)
I still use my 10D regulary. And it's still a respectable camera if you keep its limitations in mind.

The only limitation I see in it is 1600 ISO, but even at 1600 you can get clean files.


Everything else is more than enough, focus is fast. 6mp is enough to blow up onto billboards. It has a good sync speed, build quality is good. Great viewfinder, batteries last forever the screen is big enough to check the histogram ans decent enough for image playback.

The raw files are even impressive, I'm getting 2-3 stops of leeway, 3fps 9per burst. What more can you want from a 10 year old camera :)


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Feb 11, 2013 14:43 |  #13

3leggeddog wrote in post #15598844 (external link)
That is quite a shot. What lens was that taken with?
I'm thinking I'll have to invest in some higher quality glass at some point soon to get such results. I'm working with an old 28-80 EFII and 75-300 EFII, and a cheap Quantaray 600-1000mm that doesn't really work for anything unless the sun is shining directly on it.
When I get home this evening I'll post some sample of what I've been getting...

Thanks. It was the nifty fifty and a set of extension tubes


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Feb 12, 2013 10:21 |  #14

maverick75 wrote in post #15598847 (external link)
The only limitation I see in it is 1600 ISO, but even at 1600 you can get clean files.

Everything else is more than enough, focus is fast. 6mp is enough to blow up onto billboards. It has a good sync speed, build quality is good. Great viewfinder, batteries last forever the screen is big enough to check the histogram ans decent enough for image playback.

The raw files are even impressive, I'm getting 2-3 stops of leeway, 3fps 9per burst. What more can you want from a 10 year old camera :)

I might be picky with ISO, I don't like going over 800.
I find the buffer to be my main limitation, along with the slow writing speed. Many times I find myself waiting for it to finish writing the last pictures ... not ideal. But it is 10 years old and I paid 40$ for it a couple years ago.
I can't say enough good things about build quality, it has been dropped several times and keeps on ticking. It did require a new shutter when I got it, but the body must be well over 200k actuations by now.

Shooting RAW has enabled me to get so much more out of it ... I still want a 5D2 mind you.:lol:


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Mar 05, 2013 08:43 |  #15

It is amazing that some images taken with my original 10D purchased new when it first came out seem to be better than some shots taken with my 7D.


I think it has a lot to do with the lens/camera combination, or maybe the sensor used in the 10D.

A lot has to do with technique as well.

Upgrading to the newest camera body won't mean didly if user ability isn't there.
Sort of like thinking you will play golf like a pro just by buying the equipment they use on tour. It just will not happen.
I took this shot on 3/05 13 using the 10D I gave to my daughter just to prove this point.

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