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10/17/2007 11:43:50 AM · #1
is it worth it.. ?
and why .. thank you for your thoughts
10/17/2007 11:55:09 AM · #2
Definitely better, much improvement between the two.
10/17/2007 11:56:10 AM · #3
lanndonKane.. in what aspect exactly ?
and how is the noise performance ?
10/17/2007 12:00:39 PM · #4
Great upgrade, I did it myself. Better metering, better noise performance, expanded iso, faster shooting, better AF, the list goes on.
10/17/2007 12:26:03 PM · #5
IMO, 30D ($999) to 40D ($1299) is worth the current $300 price difference. 14-bit ADC, even better noise handling, even faster shooting, etc.

Though I guess from a relative standpoint, that's almost 2X the money to get from 350XT ($539) to 30D. I guess you have to draw the line somewhere. =)

Unless you're talking about a used 30D at a lower price.
10/17/2007 12:29:45 PM · #6
The 30D was an incremental improvement on the 20D. It has a bigger LCD on the back, that's the main difference really. The 40D is a significant improvement on the 30D in a number of areas that directly impact image quality, and the live preview with 10x magnification especially is worth its weight in gold.

I'd certainly try hard to swing the 40D, but yes, the 30D is a significant step up from the 350...

R.
10/17/2007 12:48:34 PM · #7
i have to say the 40D's has some really attractive features.. that leap would make more sense ...but its out of my budget right now..
10/17/2007 12:55:50 PM · #8
The 30D was a Canon sucker camera. Something thrown out to appease the masses for an upgrade. Now most of those 30D owners are running to get a 40D. If you can swing the xtra $300 get the 40D.
10/17/2007 01:04:56 PM · #9
Originally posted by rami:

lanndonKane.. in what aspect exactly ?
and how is the noise performance ?


Noise preformance is similar- I think the sensors are virtually the same, but I still find the 30D's noise to be less. The main thing is the build quality. The 350d feels like a toy and the 30d feels like a pro camera.
10/17/2007 01:29:15 PM · #10
I'd really really recommend the 40D over the 30D. You are already spending a lot of money on the 30D. The $300 extra is well worth it. I'd wait until I had enough $$$ to get the 40D if I were you. Just my $0.02.
10/17/2007 01:58:21 PM · #11
Originally posted by NstiG8tr:

The 30D was a Canon sucker camera. Something thrown out to appease the masses for an upgrade. Now most of those 30D owners are running to get a 40D. If you can swing the xtra $300 get the 40D.


The 30D features a larger LCD with a much higher resolution than the 20D. It also relaced the 20D's partial meter with a true spot meter, which, to some of us, is the one critical difference.
10/17/2007 02:32:37 PM · #12
Save your money and get a few nice lenses. Bodies come and go, good lenses stay with you...
10/17/2007 03:15:37 PM · #13
Even though I upgraded from the 30D to the 40D, there's no real benefit in terms of image quality or noise reduction in real life, unless your a pixel peeper, and even then I'd doubt you could see any major improvement. The 30D is an exeptional piece of kit which will likely serve you very well for certainly the next couple of years.

The benefits that I see with regards the 40D in real life, are; 3" LCD, 6.5 frames per sec, and live view. If you need these things, then the 40D is your camera, if you don't, then go for the 30D. Like I said, its a fantastic camera and a major upgrade from the 350.

Hope that helps.

Paulo.
10/17/2007 03:20:20 PM · #14
Originally posted by doctornick:

Save your money and get a few nice lenses. Bodies come and go, good lenses stay with you...

I totally agree. The incremental benefit of using something like the 200mm 2.8 L over the OP's Sigma 70-300mm will far outweigh the higher-end camera body.
10/17/2007 03:41:52 PM · #15
Originally posted by bledford:

Originally posted by doctornick:

Save your money and get a few nice lenses. Bodies come and go, good lenses stay with you...

I totally agree. The incremental benefit of using something like the 200mm 2.8 L over the OP's Sigma 70-300mm will far outweigh the higher-end camera body.


In my experience, not totally true at all. Though often vaunted. No one above even mentioned the sensor and that is what counts greatly. The sensor in the 350XT is pretty good but does not compare to the sensor that, say, the 5D is built around. I am not sure how the sensor in the 30D compares to the 350XT - but I would think it is better in terms of noise at least. The 350XT has a shutter life of about 100,000. You get a few more clicks out of the 30D. (Speaking from experience herein).
10/17/2007 11:10:57 PM · #16
Originally posted by pineapple:

Originally posted by bledford:

Originally posted by doctornick:

Save your money and get a few nice lenses. Bodies come and go, good lenses stay with you...

I totally agree. The incremental benefit of using something like the 200mm 2.8 L over the OP's Sigma 70-300mm will far outweigh the higher-end camera body.


In my experience, not totally true at all. Though often vaunted. No one above even mentioned the sensor and that is what counts greatly. The sensor in the 350XT is pretty good but does not compare to the sensor that, say, the 5D is built around. I am not sure how the sensor in the 30D compares to the 350XT - but I would think it is better in terms of noise at least. The 350XT has a shutter life of about 100,000. You get a few more clicks out of the 30D. (Speaking from experience herein).

I see that from your profile. My goodness, 100,000 clicks is a lot of shooting.
10/17/2007 11:35:42 PM · #17
Originally posted by bledford:

Originally posted by doctornick:

Save your money and get a few nice lenses. Bodies come and go, good lenses stay with you...

I totally agree. The incremental benefit of using something like the 200mm 2.8 L over the OP's Sigma 70-300mm will far outweigh the higher-end camera body.


I'll third this. Buy a good lens, when your 350 dies or you find it doesn't do what you need it to do, then upgrade and you still have the good lens. Better camera bodies come out every year. Upgrade your glass, replace your body when needed.

And as bledford said, photos with your 350 and a good lens will be better then photos with a 30 or 40D and a lesser lens.
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