Hey everyone! I don't know if any of you remember, but I was looking for an upgrade from my pro1. I asked for some opinions on here specifying that I needed a DSLR asap and my priority was something faster with better picture quality. I only had $1000 and I got a lot of great suggestions from all of you.
I chose the Canon EOS 40D. I actually got a bit lucky and someone I had loaned $300 paid me back, which gave me $1300 to work with instead and that was just enough for me to get the the Canon EOS 40D from Amazon. It came with an EF 28-135 lens and no memory card.
I love this camera! It's exactly what I needed in terms of speed and quality and I no longer feel stunted by the limitations of the pro1 (which I still love and keep as a secondary camera for candids and photos of myself). I've been able to shoot exactly the kind of images I want now as quickly as I want and get the results in image quality that I want. I couldn't ask for anything more.
This was my last photography camera purchase, so it needed to be a camera that had a long "creative" life for me by not having any inherent flaws that mattered to me so much that I'd have to buy another camera in order to do what I wanted. I'm not disappointed at all.
I do have three issues so far that are completely insignificant compared to how wonderful this camera is for my needs. If I discover anything else that someone can help me with, I'll update this post with it I guess.
- To set the white balance on the pro1, all I had to do was push down on the directional pad (which would prep it to accept the WB data) and click "set" (which would take the picture, white object filling the frame of course). Just two button pushes. With the 40D, though, it seems that I have to take the picture, then go into the menus, find the white balance settings, then find the picture that I took that I want to use for the white balance and import it into those settings. Is that the only way?
- I've never been a fan of cameras that don't have doors covering their screen, even though it's common for more professional cameras. I just keep imagining that a rock will fly from out of the blue and *crack* Are there screen covers you can buy that protect the surface from scratches at least, like the kind you would use to cover the screens on handheld gaming devices?
- The on/off switch is sometimes annoying. It's not a big deal, I just think a slider would have been better, something more like the switches they have on lenses.
My pro1 had come with a Canon high speed 64MB CF card. I needed more space, so I ordered a 2GB card from Amazon, but it wasn't Canon and didn't say high speed. When I used it in the pro1, the camera shot significantly slower.
Right now, I'm using the original Canon 64MB back in the pro1 and the 2GB card in my 40D. I tested both of the cards in my 40D and didn't notice it shooting slower with the 2GB card than it did with the 64MB.
I definitely want to buy another Canon CF high speed card, something larger than 2GB if they have it, but in general, what about a memory card will cause a camera to shoot slower the way my pro1 did? What's the main factor, I mean? Is it the storage size of the card, whether or not it says hi speed, the card type, the brand, or something else?
Thanks again everyone for helping me make this huge purchasing decision. I'm glad I came to you!