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$100 20D vs $250 40D, which would you choose?

 
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Feb 27, 2013 21:24 |  #31

The 40D would be my choice. AF in Live View, even if it's just 'Quick' AF is a nice feature to have access to.


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Feb 28, 2013 09:47 |  #32

WildWolf wrote in post #15659424 (external link)
IMO the biggest advantage the 40D has over the 20D is the spot meter. I cannot live without a spot meter on my camera. Good luck with your decision.

What's spot meter?


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Feb 28, 2013 09:56 |  #33

Canon 5D Mark II wrote in post #15661091 (external link)
What's spot meter?

Its one of the metering patterns in the camera. You can set it so that the camera meters only a few degrees adjacent to the center spot. It allows you to meter a very specific part of the scene. Its very useful as using in-camera meters are easily fooled by the reflectivity of the subject. Using the spot meter on a tone thats close to middle gray will keep you from being fooled.




  
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Feb 28, 2013 09:59 |  #34

I had a 50D about 4 years ago. I was IN LOVE with that camera. I would baby it all the time. I got a rebel XS and later a Rebel XSi that I would use. I ended up babying the 50D (aka, not using it), and using the Rebel as my 'throw around' and 'everyday' camera. A 1 1/2 year later, I upgraded to the 5D2, and I realized that I put less than 900 shots on the 50D. That was a SAD life lesson for me. Since then, I dont worry about shutter count and the likes. I just use my camera all the time. Use it, love it, and use it some more. It is not going to do you much good sitting on the shelf (devaluing) looking pretty. Use the 5D2 and fall in love with the pictures.

For an unused backup, I would just grab the 20D. If you plan on shooting with 2 cameras, like doing weddings, then get the 40D. If its just a backup for that 'just in case' or that 'throw in my car' camera, the 20D is fine.


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Feb 28, 2013 11:35 |  #35

I'd get a 40D over a 20 or 30D all day long.... I'd probably consider it over a 50D as well...


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Feb 28, 2013 11:39 |  #36

Re: Spot metering....+1 to this, if the 20D doesn't offer that, I wouldn't even consider that one an option here. Ever since I learned to use Spot metering, shooting and getting great results in all kinds of conditions has gotten infinitely easier.


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Feb 28, 2013 12:10 |  #37

Thanks everyone. I went for the 40D instead due to the larger LCD screen, auto cleaning, and spot metering. Found a 40D on craigslist for $200, so $100 difference, it's a no brainer. Thanks everyone !

I just can't stand the tiny screen on the 20D living in 2013 lol...call me materialistic.


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Feb 28, 2013 15:42 |  #38

Canon 5D Mark II wrote in post #15658762 (external link)
$250 is good condition with under 15k actuations.

There's a lot of it in this forum marketplace section, craigslist, and ebay.

Personally, I don't pay extra for that kind of condition when buying used. I often get that kind of condition though...


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Feb 28, 2013 22:32 |  #39

Canon 5D Mark II wrote in post #15661556 (external link)
Thanks everyone. I went for the 40D instead due to the larger LCD screen, auto cleaning, and spot metering. Found a 40D on craigslist for $200, so $100 difference, it's a no brainer. Thanks everyone !

I just can't stand the tiny screen on the 20D living in 2013 lol...call me materialistic.

Congrats on the purchase - IMO, the 40D is the best current value right now in a used Canon body.


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Mar 01, 2013 19:24 |  #40

I have owned two 20Ds and two 40Ds, along with a number of other crop bodies, and I still have one of my 20Ds as my current second body. The tiny view finder is difficult to use, but the laughably small lcd makes the camera almost feel like you're using film since its co difficult to see much of anything on its 1.8 inch screen. ISO is a bit better ont the 40D, but if you know what you are doing, the 20D can hold its own.

Long story short, they are both great cameras. If you are a big chimper, get the 40D. If you want live view, get the 40D. If neither of those sound like a big loss, get the 20D and never worry about getting a camera stolen again. ;)


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Mar 01, 2013 20:20 as a reply to  @ Dawid's post |  #41

This Is why I luv my 30d(excuse the Image size a compression)

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Mar 01, 2013 20:47 |  #42

I say spend extra money on glass.


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Mar 01, 2013 20:50 |  #43

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MF = manual focus?

Can't you do manual focus with the eyepiece on the 20D/30D?

you better hope that's what he means ;).


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Mar 01, 2013 20:51 |  #44

ctwatkins wrote in post #15663480 (external link)
Congrats on the purchase - IMO, the 40D is the best current value right now in a used Canon body.

i agree....but i also recently bought one. if you would have offered me a 50d for the same price i would have still taken the 40d.


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Mar 01, 2013 20:52 |  #45

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you better hope that's what he means ;).

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