luvdsny wrote in post #15944061
Kcbrown - thank you for your input, just when I think I have come to a conclusion there is more to consider.
You're very welcome.
If you're looking for used bodies, KEH is a pretty decent place for them. Their prices might be a little higher than what you'd pay on the forums here, but they have a 14 day return policy and a 60 day warranty on the equipment they sell, and the actual condition of the equipment is, in my experience, generally better than the code they use to indicate it would suggest.
Here's a link to a listing of all the Canon bodies they have for sale at the moment: http://www.keh.com …=DC&ccode=2&cc=80166&r=WG
The interesting thing here is that if you want to get into digital SLR photography for really cheap, you can. There are DSLR bodies for sale there in the $100 range that will work perfectly for learning the craft, but they won't be as capable as the 40D in terms of speed, autofocus, etc. The Digital Rebel (EOS 300D) is perhaps one of the best for that because it can take Canon EF-S lenses. KEH has those for just over $100. Here's dpreview.com's review of it, which will provide an excellent description of it: http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/canoneos300d.
In the used market, you have a ton of options. If you really want to just get your feet wet with DSLR photography and want to spend minimal money doing it, you could do a lot worse than the 300D ("Digital Rebel"). Note that the 300D has a size comparable to the 30D, 40D, etc., rather than being the much smaller size of the Rebel XT (300D) and later. It shares the same basic sensor as the EOS 10D, and the 10D is known for its outstanding low ISO image quality and, especially, its color rendition. You can find a number of threads on it, e.g. here and here.
If you want a camera you can keep for a long time but that is still ultra-cheap for its capability, go for the 40D. It holds its own against even today's cameras. If you want a camera you can use to learn the fundamentals of photography but want to pay minimal money for it, get the 300D (Digital Rebel), which KEH currently sells here: http://www.keh.com …1/sku-DC029990814130?r=FE. Note that if you go that way, you'll almost certainly want to get the hacked firmware for it which allows you to do a number of things with it that the standard firmware won't let you do, thus making it the equivalent to a 10D in nearly every way (except perhaps for the 1/8000 of a second fastest shutter speed of the 10D -- the 300D goes to 1/4000 of a second, just like all cameras in the Rebel series). A good article on the hacked firmware is here: http://www.bobatkins.com …_rebel_firmware_hack.html. There's also a POTN thread on the firmware here: https://photography-on-the.net/forum/showthread.php?t=34000
All these cameras take compact flash cards, but because they're not producing 18 megapixel monster size files, the smaller CF cards will work nicely, and those can be had for roughly $20 each (for 4G cards).
You'll also need postprocessing software. Even if you're going for ultra-cheap, I wouldn't skimp on this. I'd go straight for Lightroom, which costs about $100 right now, which is a steal for the capability it provides. After light and composition, postprocessing will have the most impact on your images.
Honestly, I'd just go for the 40D. While it's $250 more than the 300D, it's way more camera, you won't have to screw around with hacked firmware, it'll be a camera you can keep using for a very long time, and it can become a solid backup camera if you decide to buy something new later on (e.g., if you decide to go full frame).