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350D - worth upgrading to 400D/30D?

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Feb 18, 2007 08:04 |  #1

I've owned a 350D for two years now, and a 300D for a year before that, and am wondering if it's about time to upgrade to a 400D, or maybe a 30D if I can find the cash.

So in short, is the 400D a (vastly) superior camera to the 350D? Has anyone made the upgrade?

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Feb 18, 2007 08:06 |  #2

Personally, I'd say no, spend your money elsewhere, a new lens or something. Wait and see if a 40D is announced as see if you can upgrade to the 30D...

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Feb 18, 2007 08:11 |  #3

Keep the 350d and buy some new lenses! Then I would personally wait for the new 30d, whether its called the 40d or whateva!

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Feb 18, 2007 08:25 |  #4

I've got a 350D, standard 18-55mm kit lens, Tamron 28-200 F3.8, Canon 380EX and just purchased a 70-200 F4L from kerso (which is absolutely stunning). I'm thinking about getting a Sigma 17-70 next.

When's the 'next' 30D model likely to be announced? I'm not someone who has megapixel mania, so the 8/10mp difference between the 30D/400D doesn't make such a big difference to me.

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Feb 18, 2007 08:28 |  #5

It's likely to be announced in either a few weeks, or in 6 months time.

The 350D is a highly capable camera. I agree with others who say to spend the money on some good glass instead. As an example, for the money of a 400D, you could get a Tamron 17-50 and a Sigma 10-20.

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Feb 18, 2007 09:10 |  #6

I upgraded 350D to 30D (I use 99% M mode)

The image quality is very similar, not better or worse on either just a little different (hard for me to describe how) barely if at all noticeable.

The 30D is just nicer (little faster) to use, feels more substantial.
I have used spot metering quite a lot so far and can see benefit.
1/3 stop ISO can be useful too but no deal breaker and the joystick is a far better way of changing focal points.
If your shooting fast, ie candids/kids or sports, the 30D will give you more keepers. (assuming a decent lens)
The picture styles are handy now I am more competent/confident to shoot jpg (I use this for candids and family snaps sometimes, 0 pp needed.

Anyway, thats my experience from upgrading, good luck with whatever you choose to do.

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Feb 18, 2007 09:13 |  #7

What don't you like about the XT/350D?

Don't just buy stuff because Canon sticks it out there. Buy stuff because it satisfies some need that you have.

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Feb 18, 2007 10:14 |  #8

I find the focusing ability of the 30D much better then tthe 350 I owned.

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Feb 18, 2007 10:18 |  #9

I did the same upgrade for a couple of reasons: I have old-man eyes and the larger LCD was really needed; I like how the 30D feels in my hands (I have very big hands); the additional speed and ISO range and because my warranty was up on the XT.
Personally, I'd do it again any time. The reaons you upgrade need to be important to you and you shouldn't let others tell you what is important to you.

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Feb 18, 2007 10:56 |  #10

My recommendation - stick with the XT (I have). Buy some better lenses and if you need to upgrade then upgrade to something decent instead of something half-way that you'll want to upgrade from later.

The XT is a great introduction to Canon. After the XT I recommend going to a 5D or a 1DsMk2. Anything else you'll want to upgrade from. Just go for the best or you'll waste time and money going for half-baked solutions.


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Feb 18, 2007 11:26 |  #11

With the lenses you own, I'd say there's no need to upgrade to a 400D. The only compelling reason to go from a 350D to a 400D is if you own f/2.8 or better lenses, and like using them wide open. The focussing improvement in this case was enough for me to make that change.

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Feb 19, 2007 01:02 |  #12

Unless you really want a feature on the 400D/30D, I'd stick with the 350D.
I've had them all, 300D, 350D, 400D, and 30D. The main difference is in the feel and features. Not much if any real world difference in the Image quality of prints.

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Feb 19, 2007 09:57 |  #13

I own a 350 and recently borrowed a friend's 20D. The big difference between the 350 and the 20D is handling and autofocus speed. The 20D is easier to change settings and it focuses faster and more accurately in low light especially in ai servo mode. I photograph basketball and most school gyms are poorly lit. If you plan on doing indoor sports then you will appreciate the 30D. For most shooting however you will not see a difference.

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Feb 19, 2007 10:15 |  #14

gcogger wrote in post #2729675 (external link)
With the lenses you own, I'd say there's no need to upgrade to a 400D. The only compelling reason to go from a 350D to a 400D is if you own f/2.8 or better lenses, and like using them wide open.

I'd venture to add that the difference you get from buying an f/2.8 lens with the money you save by not going to the 400D is a lot more significant than any difference from upgrading the body :lol:

Seriously, as somebody else stated it very eloquently

somebody else wrote:
If you don't exactly know what the differences between the cameras are and how they will help you to get better picture, then chances are the upgrade is not really needed

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Feb 19, 2007 10:17 |  #15

I believe it all comes down to what’s important for you. If IQ is your number one concern, than the switch will be disappointing as pretty much all of the 2 and 3 digit cameras have identical IQ and a photo taken from one will be indistinguishable from another as the biggest contributing factor is the glass you hang off of the body. But if you’re loosing shots and there is a feature that a 2 digit has that will solve your problem, then go for it. But I am with Rhys, the only real upgrade from any of the 2 or 3 digit Canons is to a single digit.

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