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Improve focusing by upgrading from 300D?

 
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Jun 08, 2009 22:09 |  #1

Hi everyone. I have an original Rebel 300D I purchased when it first came out. I currently use the new 18-55IS not the original, the 55-250IS, and 100 macro. I would love the autofocus to be faster and more accurate. It would also be great to have a bigger display on the body to review the pictures focus, the 300D screen is tiny and nearly worthless except to see if someone closed their eyes...

Would a newer Rebel body have an improved autofocus or would I need to move up to the 40D/50D? I seem to always read about Nikons autofocus system being better but I don't know if thats just Nikon-lover talk or the truth.

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Jun 08, 2009 22:52 |  #2

I just went from a 350D to a 40D and am extremely happy with the focusing abilities. I have a lot more keepers from taking pictures of even static objects. The rate for pictures with movement is an even bigger difference.


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Jun 09, 2009 12:49 |  #3

I went from the 300D to the 40D. I noticed an improvement right away. The 100-400 was a completely different lens after the upgrade, and my 28-75 and 70-200 shows some slight improvement. I didn't notice it so much on my ultra wide though.


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Jun 09, 2009 13:01 |  #4

anti42 wrote in post #8074891 (external link)
Hi everyone. I have an original Rebel 300D I purchased when it first came out.

I was in your position about 2 months ago. I chose the 50D over the new rebel for a few reasons:
1. The newer rebels are even smaller than the 300D. The 50 felt much better in my hands.

2. Build quality

3. focusing modes


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Jun 09, 2009 13:09 |  #5

All of the latest bodies will be a significant improvement in AF over the 300D,. that said, the 30D-50D will be better.


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Jun 09, 2009 13:16 |  #6

Any of the newer cameras will give much improved speed and accuracy over the 300D. As your current body sort of falls between the xxxD and the xxD lines in size you have to ask yourself, do you want to go bigger or smaller body wise? These days the difference in image quality and even performance is not that great so if you want a bigger body, get the best your budget can afford from either the 30D, 40D, or 50D. If you like smaller, do the same between the XTi, XSi, and Ti1.


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Jun 09, 2009 13:39 |  #7

I cast my vote with those for whom the current Rebel bodies aren't shaped/size for comfortable holding. I tried an XSi in a store and found that the grip was way too narrow, such that I had to kind of pinch the grip, which wasn't comfortable. A grip that one's hand falls naturally onto without fingertips banging into the body is invaluable in comfort in the long run. My hands aren't particularly big, but the 50D and 5D2 still physically fit me better. Of course, YMMV.


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Jun 09, 2009 16:20 |  #8

If you really want better AF, then look into the 40D or 50D. The 20D and 30D are a step up, but the 40D and 50D system is another significant step up.


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Jun 09, 2009 16:38 |  #9

The 300D is a great camera, but it is long in the tooth. I still have one, use it as a back up.

I think it feels a lot better than the new Rebels... so if you like that feel, I'd totally go with a 40D or 50D, or even a used 5D if you can swing it.




  
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Jun 10, 2009 12:17 |  #10

Thanks everyone. I think I will look more seriously into a new body. I don't care so much about the upgrade of megapixels as my current 6MP looks fine printed 4x6 or 8x10 but the other improvments in the past 6 years are what I am after, specifically more accurate focusing and exposure and the better display.

I think I will stop by a store and see how a new model feels in my hands, I am 6'3" so the bigger grip may be better then going to a smaller grip. I would also love to have a quicker/easier option for changing ISO and other settings then how its done on my 300D. If there is a difference between models of having a bigger and brighter viewfinder I am all for that as well.

One more thing I noticed on my 300D. The lenses (all of them) do not seat 100% tightly on the body. What I mean is I can move or rotate them a slight amount, very slight but they still move. Is that normal? the lens is not fully rigid and unmovable when attached.




  
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Jun 10, 2009 12:37 |  #11

picturecrazy wrote in post #8079412 (external link)
If you really want better AF, then look into the 40D or 50D. The 20D and 30D are a step up, but the 40D and 50D system is another significant step up.

Yes, skip the 30D. I hope the newer models are better. Wish I had waited... In anything but bright sunlight, the only consistently usable focus point is the center.


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