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sold 400D, bought 40D, it's in the mail, tell me what to expect

 
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Aug 29, 2009 12:01 |  #1

So after finding someone to buy my XTi for $350, I figured it made sense to upgrade to a 40D for the 350 extra. I'll be in college soon and won't be able to spend the kind of money that I would need to upgrade in the future, and the 40D seemed like a pretty future-proof camera for the next 4 years, as long as it doesn't brake down.

That said, I've heard mixed opinions about whether or not the 400D has the same image quality as the 40D. Can anyone tell me what to expect when taking pictures with the 40D? I only shoot in RAW and M or Av mode, so DIGIC III doesn't really mean much to me.

Also, is there anything else I should know or be excited about? I'll be getting the 40D hopefully late next week and taking it that weekend on a backpacking trip that starts and finishes in NYC, so I should be able to make good use of my new (refurbished from Adorama) camera.


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Aug 29, 2009 12:12 |  #2

You can expect the following, I went from a 400D to a 30D, which is a very similar body to the 40D.

1.Much better build, magnesium-alloy vs. plastic, MUCH more rugged and comfortable in the hands.
2.Better/Quicker controls,if you use your DSLR in manual, or any of the creative zones, you can change the aperture,shutter,etc. very quickly, feels very smooth.
3.I can't comment about IQ but I found that my 30D produced sharper images than my 450D, but than again, I never shot with L glass on my 400D.
4.Faster FPS, much faster FPS.

Enjoy the 40D man! You will not be disappointed!




  
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Aug 29, 2009 12:16 |  #3

onboard wireless flash control with exII speedlights


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Aug 29, 2009 13:18 |  #4

windpig wrote in post #8544562 (external link)
onboard wireless flash control with exII speedlights

To clarify what windpig just said . . .

The camera itself does NOT control wireless Speedlights remotely. You either need an ST-E2 or a flash that controls other Speedlights as a master (like the EX580II) or any aftermarket system like Pocketwizard, etc.


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Aug 29, 2009 14:14 |  #5

I'm thinking about making the same upgrade and am interested to hear what you think.


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Aug 29, 2009 14:17 |  #6

i woudl say expect a rough time selling your 40D when you are ready to upgrade lol


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Aug 29, 2009 14:19 |  #7

You will surely be happy with the 40D coming from anything in the Rebel series. Anything after the Rebel series doesn't have the "ease" of controls that a lot of starting shooters like but the control wheel on the xxD and beyond series allows for quick setting changes. The ruggedness of my 30D makes me feel at ease sometimes knowing that it's a solidly built body.




  
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Aug 29, 2009 14:27 |  #8

I went From an xti, 40d and am now up to a 5dii as of yesterday.

Expect better build, better af focusing, better ergonomics, a larger viewfinder, and a nice live view system... The only reason why I moved up to a 5dii is because of the ff, ISo control and high res for major cropping. Well that and it was given to me by my girlfriend. Lol.


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Aug 29, 2009 15:01 |  #9

I have both cameras (400D and 40D) and there's really no difference in image quality if you shoot RAW. The differences are in things like:
- the much better viewfinder of the 40D
- the size/weight/feel (I like the size/weight of the 400D, but most people prefer the feel of the 40D)
- the control system (again, most prefer the 40D)
- the much faster continuous shooting rate of the 40D
- spot metering on the 40D
- slightly better low light focussing with the 40D


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Aug 29, 2009 17:45 |  #10

I upgraded from 400D to 40D. It is a better camera in terms of speed of use, AF and the size/weight/build quality.

IQ is very very similar from what I have seen.


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Aug 29, 2009 18:12 |  #11

you can expect: Canon Acquisition Syndrome as soon as you put it in your hands xD


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Aug 29, 2009 21:53 as a reply to  @ Replaces's post |  #12

I have a 400d and while at a local karate expo, the teacher handed me her 30d. What was the biggest thing I noticed? The ratio of keepers vs. stinkers is much better with the 30d. I would assume the same would be true of the 40d.


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Aug 29, 2009 22:09 |  #13

It will seem larger and heavier although it really isn't by much. You will have a little learning curve getting used to the controls since you are used to different controls, but within a week you will love the new ergonomics a lot and they will start to seem more "intuitive."


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Aug 29, 2009 22:38 as a reply to  @ ozziepuppy's post |  #14

Much nicer viewfinder, larger and brighter.

Much better build quality and weight.

Great handling and controls. Read: the wheel.

Much larger buffer. Get yourself a decent CF card, set it to high speed shooting and blast away. The XTI bogs down way too quickly, the 40D dies not. This is the thing that really drove me crazy about Rebels.

Live view. I don't use it a lot, but it's great in certain situations.

You won't see a lot of difference in image quality, but the two cameras are like night and day. Enjoy.




  
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Aug 31, 2009 10:15 |  #15

WIll the 40D give me any advantage in long exposure shots, specifically with noise? That's been my biggest caveat with the XTi, but I suspect that it may be a fault of digital cameras as a whole.


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