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Upgrade 20D to 40D?

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Sep 28, 2007 15:38 |  #1

Anyone done this?

I'm sooooo tempted, the 40D looks like a major step up. I'm not bothered by the live-view but everything else seems to be amazingly good. With the current UK cashback offer, Warehouse Express is selling this baby for £699 (after the £50 cashback)

But I still find my 20D a joy to use, and as it is don;'t really use it to the full. I'm not sure what a modestly-used 20D goes for her e- I don't need or want a back-up camera - and I'm sure to lose significant £ on the trade-up.

So, what I'm asking is, has anyone else made the trade up, specifically from 20D to 40D - the 30D wasn't nearly enough of a jump for me, but this beauty.....

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Sep 28, 2007 15:45 |  #2

It is a nice upgrade from the 20, the 6.5 fps is a plus ad well as the 1/3 stop iso settings and the display is huge.

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Sep 28, 2007 16:03 |  #3

I did this a week ago. I am no pro, but I did make the jump. The bigger viewfinder and LCD was like seeing something you didn't know you were missing. The 1 series like menu is a nice change and moving AF over one button was something my finger had figured out before I was out of the store. I still haven't had the chance to get a feel for the new AF system and put it through its paces. Using auto ISO is a weird feeling at first, but on my first day out shooting it did seem to do the job as I was out early evening and it handled the growing darkness ok. I posted some of those in a thread about my new 40D.

I didn't think I would find much use for live view, but it came in handy to take a picture of a dog. So far I don't think I am going to return it, but I still have a week to decide.

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Sep 28, 2007 16:53 |  #4

Same here, I love my 20D but it seemed like the 40D was a big enough of an improvement to warrant the purchase. The purchase does seem like night and day in comparison. Once you try out the 40D, my 20D seems like an XTi now.

I'm pleased with the purchase and have no regrets.

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Sep 28, 2007 17:19 |  #5

I'm another one who recently moved from a 20d to a 40d... Focus seems faster, 6.5fps is great, the 3" screen is nice, my battery grip fits, so overall I'm very happy. I'm going to get the manual focus screen for mine as I have a fair few manual lenses.



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Sep 28, 2007 19:47 |  #6

i also upgraded from 20D to 40D. There was nothing "wrong" with my 20D. It was all the little things the 40D gives you. Some of these things were incorporated into the 30D. Now the 40D gives you all the bells and whistles! In my mind if you have the cash, do it. You will not be sorry.


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Sep 28, 2007 19:54 |  #7

I've got a 20D as well and I haven't done the move yet, but I darn well intend to.

I would if I were you. Even if you don't 'need' it... it's a nice new toy. :)

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Sep 28, 2007 20:37 as a reply to  @ LotsToLearn's post |  #8
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I'm looking forward to making the jump to the 40D at the end of next month...


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Sep 28, 2007 21:03 |  #9

Cmon guys, let's start flooding the market with these used 20d's!!!!!!!

That way the price will go down and I can upgrade from my 300d;)

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Sep 28, 2007 22:19 |  #10

dekalbSTEEL wrote in post #4028757 (external link)
Cmon guys, let's start flooding the market with these used 20d's!!!!!!!

That way the price will go down and I can upgrade from my 300d;)

:) It already has. They're going from $500-$575 for the most part--down $100-200 from two months ago.

I made the switch from 20D to 40D, but only because I have one nearing end of life and I run a business. Having said that--so far, I LOVE the 40D. Focus seems so much faster, and the larger LCD is a big plus.

Worth the money? Maybe. My original plan was to wait until the spring rebates, and I would've stuck with it had the one body not needed a trip to Canon. I figured by spring, there was a chance the price would've dropped $50-100 and the rebates would've made for a sweet deal.

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Sep 28, 2007 22:27 |  #11

I agree, I just bought another 20D. I don't care for the larger LCD (more battery drain), never had 1/3 stop ISO's in film so I don't intend to start using it now.

So, ya'al enjoy the 40D's, I'm stocking up on your old 20's.. :)

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Cmon guys, let's start flooding the market with these used 20d's!!!!!!!

That way the price will go down and I can upgrade from my 300d;)

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