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    Canon eos 40 d 10.1mp digital slr camera with ef 28 135mm f 3.5-5.6 is usm standard zoom lens Canon eos 40 d 10.1mp digital slr camera with ef 28 135mm f 3.5-5.6 is usm standard zoom lens Document Transcript

    • My Associates StoreShopping CartProduct DetailsCanon EOS 40D 10.1MP Digital SLRCamera with EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 ISUSM Standard Zoom LensFrom CanonThis item is not available for purchase from this store.30 new or used available from $434.88Average customer review:(422 customer reviews)Product DescriptionPower and versatility in one supremely equipped tool for the discerning photographer. Step up tothe challenge of 6.5fps, 10.1 Megapixels and a host of features designed to help you raise yourgame.Product Details Amazon Sales Rank: #4737 in Camera & Photo Brand: Canon Model: 40D Kit Released on: 2007-08-30 Dimensions: .83" h x 1.50" w x 2.17" l, 1.63 pounds Display size: 3Features 10.1-megapixel CMOS sensor captures enough detail for photo-quality poster-size prints Kit includes body and EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Standard Zoom Lens Large 3.0-inch LCD display with enhanced Live View and broadened color gamut
    •  6.5 frame-per-second continuous shooting; sRAW mode; 35-zone metering system;integrated Self-Cleaning Sensor Unit Powered by BP-511A, BP-511, or BP-512 lithium-ion battery pack; stores images on CFcardsEditorial ReviewsFrom the ManufacturerBuilding on the success of Canons perennially popular "prosumer" EOS 20D and 30D models,the EOS 40D advances the state-of-the-art for mid-range digital SLR cameras, making it anatural first choice for advanced amateur photographers and entry-level professionals, and anideal second body for more established photo pros. Indeed, given the level of feature upgradesand improvements, technological wizardry, and user-requested creative controls, the Canon EOS40D SLRs "prosumer" appellation may refer more to its accessible price point than to theexceptional quality, clarity, and resolution of the images it creates.From the cameras newly enhanced, 10.1-megapixel CMOS imaging sensor (designed andmanufactured by Canon) and its proprietary and super-efficient DIGIC III image processor, to itscompletely redesigned autofocus sensor and fast, 6.5 frame-per-second (fps) continuous shootingcapability (for bursts of up to 75 Large/Fine JPEGs or 17 RAW images), the EOS 40D SLR putsthe fun in functionality and makes serious photo business a positive pleasure.Indeed, at 6.5 fps, no digital SLR in the EOS 40D mid-range class and price category has so higha continuous shooting capability, making it ideal for shooting--and actually capturing--speed-sensitive outdoor and wild-nature shots as well as a wide variety of action and sports scenes. Thespeed of the EOS 40D SLR comes from Canons balanced combination of its latest processor,DIGIC IIII, DDR SDRAM high-speed memory, four-channel-per-line sensor readout, and twoseparate motors for shutter and mirror operation.Canon EOS 40D Highlights
    • Displays the Thing The most easily visible upgrade on the EOS 40D Digital SLR is thecameras larger 3.0-inch LCD screen (compared with the EOS 30Ds 2.5-inch monitor). Still, sizeis only the beginning of the difference between these two cameras displays. In order to increaseviewing ease in outdoor conditions such as bright sunlight, Canon raised the brightness level ofthe EOS 40D cameras 230,000-pixel LCD screen, broadened the color gamut, and narrowed theviewing angle from 170 degrees to a still wide 140-degree perspective in all directions. An addedadvantage of the larger-sized display is the ability to use a larger font size for text, making iteasier to read setting and menu options on the screen. The cameras menu is organized in thesame tabbed format as the EOS-1D Mark III Digital SLR.Canon extends its "ease-of-reading" policy to the EOS 40D SLRs viewfinder as well. Theupgraded viewfinder increases optical magnification from 0.90x to 0.95x, expands the viewingangle from 251 degrees to 264 degrees and raises the eye point from 20mm to 22mm.Enhanced Durability Recognizing the often rigorous shooting conditions encountered byprofessional and advanced amateur photographers, Canon design engineers made the EOS 40DSLRs magnesium alloy exterior even more ruggedly dependable than its predecessors withupgraded dust- and weather-resistant construction, particularly around the cameras connectionports, battery compartment, and single-slot compact flash (CF) memory card door. Should theuser inadvertently open the compact flash card door while the camera is writing to the card, awarning will pop up on the LCD screen and an open door "alarm" will sound, but the image(s)will continue writing to the memory card without interruption. The EOS 40D SLR also retainsmany of the outstanding features of the EOS 30D model, such as its fast 0.15-second initial start-up, its extremely durable shutter (rated up to 100,000 cycles), its top shutter speed of 1/8000second, and 1/250 maximum X-sync flash shutter speed setting.Improved Image Quality Although it is based on the image sensor used in the EOS DigitalRebel XTi, the EOS 40D Digital SLRs 10.1-megapixel CMOS APS-C size image sensor has
    • been significantly improved thanks to the use of larger microlenses over each pixel to reducenoise and expand sensitivity up to ISO 3200. The EOS 40D retains the model 30D cameras 1.6xfocal length conversion factor (compared to full-frame digital image sensors or 35mm film) andis compatible with the full line-up of Canon EF lenses as well as the Companys expandingselection of high-quality, affordable EF-S lenses created specifically for Canon digital SLRs withAPS-C size image sensors.Adding to the improved virtuosity of the images captured by the EOS 40D SLR is the cameras14-bit Analog-to-Digital (A/D) conversion process. Able to recognize 16,384 colors per channel(four times the number of colors recognized by the EOS 30D SLRs 12-bit conversioncapability), the EOS 40D camera is able to produce images with finer and more accurategradations of tones and colors. The EOS 40D also incorporates the optional Highlight TonePriority and High-ISO Noise Reduction functions first introduced earlier this year with the EOS-1D Mark III Professional Digital SLR.DIGIC III DIGIC III is the latest generation of Canons proprietary image processing engine.DIGIC III technology ensures that the fine details and natural colors of the images are optimallyrecorded and, as an added bonus, is also responsible for the EOS 40D SLRs high-speedperformance, faster signal processing, and even its efficient energy consumption.sRAW In addition to retaining the RAW image capture capabilities of its predecessors, the EOS40D SLR now offers a more manageable "sRAW" recording format. In sRAW mode, the numberof pixels is reduced to one-fourth that of a standard RAW image and the file size is cut in half,while retaining all of the flexibility and creative possibilities associated with full-size,conventional RAW images.Improved Autofocus and Exposure Control While the EOS 40D SLR maintains the nine-pointwide area AF coverage first introduced on the EOS 20D camera, Canon has made significantimprovements to its speed, precision, and functionality, minimizing subject recognition problemsin the process. The EOS 40D cameras completely redesigned nine-point AF sensor providescross-type AF measurement at all nine focusing points for maximum apertures up to f5.6, and forthe first time in any EOS camera, the central AF point offers enhanced precision for both verticaland horizontal subject contrast when using EF or EF-S lenses featuring maximum apertures off2.8 or faster. AF calculation speed with the EOS 40D camera is 30 percent faster than the EOS30D model.The Canon EOS 40D Digital SLR retains the same 35-zone metering sensor as its predecessor.
    • Available patterns include Evaluative metering, which is linked to all AF points and is setautomatically in the Basic Zone modes, Centerweighted average metering, Partial metering, andSpot metering, covering approximately 9 percent or 3.8 percent of the viewfinder at center,respectively. The cameras E-TTL II autoflash and 12 exposure control modes (11 AE modesplus manual) are also unchanged from the EOS 30D SLR model. However, as a result ofconsumer input, Canon has added three Custom exposure modes. As an added convenience,particularly for wireless flash operations, users can adjust the flash settings of the CanonSpeedlite 580EX II directly from the camera.The Canon EOS 40D camera offers ISO speeds from ISO 100 to ISO 1600 in 1/3-stopincrements. Users can also opt for a high-speed setting of ISO 3200. For the first time in anyEOS camera, the 40D model offers Auto ISO capability in Creative Zone exposure modes. Thisvaluable new feature adjusts the ISO speed to the optimal setting based on low light or shakyshooting conditions. Additionally, the EOS 40D provides full-time display of the active ISOspeed setting, both in the viewfinder as well as on the top LCD data panel.The Canon EOS 40D Digital SLR is also the first camera in its class to offer two interchangeablefocusing screens in addition to the standard precision matte screen. Users can opt for a grid-typefocus screen that makes it easier to verify horizontal or vertical alignment while determiningimage composition, as well as the Super-Precision Matte focusing screen that makes it easier tograsp the "sweet spot" of manual focusing when using a lens with a maximum aperture of f2.8 orfaster.Enhanced Live View Previously the province of the EOS-1D Mark III DSLR (one of Canonstop-tier professional cameras), the Live View function now gives EOS 40D camera users anexpanded and exceedingly convenient and comfortable set of shooting options. By permitting theframing and capturing of subjects using the cameras LCD screen instead of the viewfinder, theshooter gains a 100 percent field view to more easily achieve the desired composition. A newCustom Function on the EOS 40D allows autofocus during Live View by pressing the camerasAF-ON button. At that point, the reflex mirror goes down and AF is carried out in the normalway. Letting go of the AF-ON button resumes Live View functions. Also, in the Live Viewshooting mode the user can magnify the image by five or ten times in order to ensure that theshot is optimally focused. Live View is at its best during tripod shooting--particularly for close-up photography where precise focusing is imperative. As a side benefit, the Live View shootingmode helps to reduce vibration by lifting the reflex mirror out of the optical path well in advanceof the exposure, improving image quality at slow shutter speeds. A new electronic 1st-curtainshutter function in Live View mode reduces release time lag and operational noise even furtherto avoid spooking wildlife or disturbing people nearby with unwanted camera sounds.Additionally, as the release time lag is miniscule, even instantaneous movements like a bird
    • taking flight can be readily captured.EOS Integrated Cleaning System First introduced on the EOS Digital Rebel XTi camera, theEOS Integrated Cleaning System is a prime example of trickle-up technology and is nowbecoming a standard feature on all new EOS Digital SLRs. The cameras Self-Cleaning SensorUnit uses ultrasonic vibrations to literally shake dust particles off of the low-pass filter in front ofthe sensor each time the camera is powered up or shut down. Users also have the option ofengaging the "clean now" function at will or bypassing it altogether. Additionally, the EOS 40DSLRs manual sensor cleaning function raises the mirror and allows users to clean dust that hasstuck to the low-pass filter. Dust that has been shaken or blown loose is then trapped by adhesiveat the base of the sensor unit housing, preventing the problematic particles from reattachingthemselves to the filter when the camera moves. The second part of the cleaning system is asoftware solution that maps the location of any spots that may remain on the sensor. The mappedinformation is saved as Dust Delete Data and attached to the image file. Subsequently, theoffending dust information is subtracted from the final image during post processing with acompatible personal computer, using the supplied Digital Photo Professional software.Improved Software Among the most valuable features of the Canon EOS 40D Digital SLR isits compatibility with Canons Picture Style Editor (PSE) 1.0 software. With PSE, shooters canactually design the look of their photographs by inputting their own preferred style, color, andtone curves. The EOS 40D Digital SLR also ships with the latest versions of Canons powerfulsoftware applications, including Digital Photo Professional 3.1 and EOS Utility 2.1, which nowsupport the cameras Remote Live View and Dust Delete Data functions, as well as incorporatinga broad range of additional improvements designed to improve image quality and speed upworkflow. Also included are ZoomBrowser EX 5.8 and ImageBrowser 5.8 for easy browsing,viewing, printing, and archiving with compatible computer operating systems, includingMicrosoft Windows Vista and Windows XP, as well as Mac OS X.Accessories (Not Included--Must be Purchased Separately) New system accessories for theEOS 40D SLR include the redesigned high-capacity Battery Grip BG-E2N, which facilitateshigh-volume shooting and easier vertical shooting. Compatible with up to two BP-511A batterypacks or a set of six AA-size batteries, the battery grip approximately doubles the number ofshots that can be taken, compared with the battery power of the EOS 40D SLR alone. The BG-E2N grip features new sealing material around the battery compartment to better resist water anddust. The new model replaces the original BG-E2 grip and is compatible with the EOS 20D,30D, and 40D models.Designed exclusively for the EOS 40D SLR, the new Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E3Apermits wireless transfer and back-up, as well as remote control of the camera in Live Viewmode. It can also be connected to various GPS receivers or Hi-Speed USB 2.0 external storagedevices such as convenient flash drives or high-capacity hard drives with much larger storagecapacity than the memory cards in the camera for instant back-up as images are captured.Compact and affordable, the WFT-E3A wireless transmitter also doubles as a vertical grip andrequires its own BP-511A battery pack in addition to the battery installed in the camera body.EF 28-135mm f3.5-5.6 IS USM Standard Zoom Lens The EF 28-135mm f3.5-5.6 IS USM
    • standard zoom lens features an Image Stabilizer and high zoom ratio. With the image stabilizerturned on, you can obtain sharp, natural-looking pictures in dim lighting without using flash or atripod--very handy for places where flash is prohibited. The lens uses a ring-type USM for swift,silent autofocus and full-time manual focus. Its closest focusing distance is 20 inches (50centimeters).Whats in the box: EOS 40D digital SLR body, eyecup Eb, EF 28-135mm f3.5-5.6 IS USMstandard zoom lens, wide neck strap EW-100DGR, video cable VC-100, USB interface cableIFC-200U, battery pack BP-511A, battery charger CG-580, "Great Photography is Easy" bookletand "Do More with Macro" booklet, EOS Digital Solution Disc, software instruction manualCustomer ReviewsMost helpful customer reviews1831 of 1900 people found the following review helpful.Detailed Review of the 40D - I Love My Canon 40D!!!!!!!!!!!!!By Jodi-Ann RichardsI have divided this review into two sections. The first is a brief summary of how I feel about thecamera. The second is a detailed comparison of the 30D and 40D based on my experiences withboth cameras. After reading this section you will see why I gave this camera a 5 star rating. Iloved my 30D but the 40D simply blows it away.Update: 1/6/2008I have added a third section to discuss general guidelines for determining if this is the rightcamera for you.Update: 2/2/2008In this section I discuss my thoughts about how the new Canon Rebel XSi might impact yourbuy/upgrade decision.SUMMARY:In less than a couple of months I have gone from a S3 to a S5 to a 30D and I just got my 40Dearlier on today. Wow! What a fantastic camera! The pictures that this camera takes are justamazing. I thought it could not get any better than the 30D but Canon has really taken it a notchor two up with the 40D. I want anyone considering buying this camera to know to get it rightaway. Trust me. It is worth every penny.DETAILED REVIEW OF THE CANON EOS 40D:-The OutsideThe first thing that stood out is the larger, 3 inch, LCD screen. This makes reading the menusand changing settings a lot easier. Canon did not stop there. When I used the 30D I really wishedreading the LCD screen was a lot easier when I was shooting outdoors in bright sunlight. When Idid a shot I would sometimes have to quickly find a shaded area to view the screen. I am happyto say that Canon did address this issue as well. It is now a lot easier to read the screen in bright
    • sunlight.There are 2 new buttons on the outside that you can use to quickly access settings rather thanwasting time going through the menu.- InfoThis allows you to quickly review your shooting information for an image - ISO speed, PictureStyle and Metering Mode etc. There are two things that I really like here:1. Highlight AlertsWhen this feature is enabled, if there any overexposed areas in the image they will blink whenthe shooting information is displayed.2. AF Point DisplayWhen this feature is enabled, you will see the AF point(s) that achieved focus displayed in red.There is another use of the Info button that I really like. It can be used to set the shootinginformation right there on the LCD screen. I prefer this option of setting shooting information asthe names of the various icons are also displayed along with the icons. I remember when I juststarted using my 30D that I would sometimes forget which icon was for Tungsten Light vs.White Fluorescent Light when I was setting the White Balance using the control panel. Now thename of each icon is clearly displayed as I scroll through them on the LCD screen.- Picture StyleI really love this feature. There are times when I make a standard shot and then need to make alandscape shot. Then I would need to switch back to a standard shot. I can now do this reallyquickly without having to wade through the menu.There is a new Auto Focus (AF-ON) button. Assuming that you hold the camera in aconventional way, this new button will be just below your thumb. It allows you to auto focusindependently of pressing the shutter button. I found this feature really useful when makingcontinuous shots of a trainer riding on the belly of Lolita the killer whale at Miami Seaquarium. Iwas able to maintain continuous focus right throughout the shots.There are 3 new positions on the mode dial - C1, C2 and C3. You can register most of the currentcamera settings under them. Believe it or not but this includes not just the current shooting modebut even the menus and custom function settings. I cannot express enough what a time saverthese new positions are to me. I find that I have to do different types of shots frequently so withmy 30D I had to really change settings frequently. I can now save 3 of the settings that I usemost often and have instant access to them. I also like the fact that I still have the option ofmaking changes even after selecting one of these positions. For example, if my C1 was savedwith an ISO speed of 400 I am not restricted to that ISO when I select C1. If I find that I onlyneed an ISO speed of 320 I can make that change just as normal.One feature that has been removed is the ability to use the Delete button to delete all images. Ireally liked this feature as there were times I wanted to delete all the images and it was moreconvenient to use the Delete button rather than having to go through the menu. However, I think
    • it might have been removed because it was rather easy for someone to inadvertently erase all theimages when they really wanted to erase the currently selected image.- Start Up and Power OffWhen you turn the camera on or off you cant help noticing the "Sensor Cleaning" message. Thiswas one feature that I really eagerly anticipated. Buying a camera at this price plus quality lensrepresents a substantial investment. It is really reassuring to know that the camera has dustreduction built into it. What I like further is the fact that if I need to do a quick shot at start up, assoon as I press the shutter button half way to focus, the self cleaning operation is suspended. Ialso have the ability to turn this option off for start up and power off and run it manuallywhenever I feel like. I also have the added comfort of knowing that if the self cleaning sensorunit does not get rid of all the dust, I can always append the Dust Delete Data to images and thenuse Digital Photo Professional (one of the provided software) to remove the dust spots. At first Iwas a little concerned about the impact on file sizes as a result of appending the dust delete data.It is important to understand that once the dust delete data is obtained it is attached to everyimage that is captured after that so I was really concerned about the impact of increased filesizes. However, it turns out that this data is so small that its impact on file sizes is reallynegligible.- ShootingWhen I first put my eye to the optical viewfinder I could immediately see the benefit of Canonincreasing the magnification from 0.90x to 0.95x - images are much clearer and brighter and ofcourse, it is also easier to read the various settings. Another welcome change is the displaying ofISO right there in the viewfinder. I really love this. I never liked having to move from theviewfinder to the control panel just to see what the ISO was. Another small change in theviewfinder is the displaying of a warning (B/W icon) when you are shooting in black and white.This camera focuses really fast and accurately. At the Miami Seaquarium I had to do severalquick shots of dolphins doing jumps. The problem here is that you never quite know from whichdirection they will be starting. Despite this I never missed a shot. The 40D has the same ninefocus points as the 30D. The increase in speed and accuracy is as a result of the points on the40D being cross-type. This means that they are sensitive to both horizontal and vertical detailwhen shooting with lenses of F5.6 or faster. In addition, if you are using a lens of F2.8 or fasterthe center point is twice as sensitive as any other point.If you want to increase the focusing speed and accuracy even more you can take advantage of thetwo optional interchangeable focusing screens for the 40D - the Precision Matte with Grid (Ef-D)and Super Precision Matte (Ef-S). The first optional screen is pretty much the standard includedscreen, with a grid that makes it easier to align vertical or horizontal lines when you arecomposing the image. The second screen is optimized for f/2.8 and faster lenses and makes iteasier to focus manually with these lenses. However, if you are using a lens that is not f/2.8 orfaster the viewfinder will look darker than with the standard screen.Something that really stood out with the very first shot from this camera was the shorter blackouttime and the quieter, more professional, shutter release sound. The 30D used a spring to lift themirror while the 40D uses a motor in both directions which means that the mirror mechanism is
    • both quicker and quieter.At first I did not think much of the increase from 5 to 6.5fps for continuous shooting. However,when you couple this with the fact that the buffer can now hold twice the images that the 30Ddid you get some amazing results when doing continuous shooting. I have several action shotsfrom the Miami Seaquarium with trainers riding dolphins and the killer whale and with thedolphins and whale pushing up trainers in the air. Trust me - they are awesome. It is fantastic thata non-professional can find a reasonable priced camera that takes such awesome action shots.I am really happy that Canon decided to add Live View Mode shooting. I really liked that modeon the S5 point-and-shoot camera. I never used the optical viewfinder on that camera. I definitelywill use the viewfinder most of the times on my 40D but I know there will be situations where itis more convenient to use Live View. Also, sometimes I just dont feel like putting my eye to theviewfinder. Well, I thoroughly tested Live View Mode shooting and, no surprise here, it worksjust as well as it did on my S5. You can even use auto focus while in Live View Mode. The newAF-ON button can be used for this. You can set just about every shooting function, such as ISOspeed and drive mode, while in live view mode. The only thing you cannot change is themetering mode. There are two silent (quiet) modes to go along with Live View. Pay attention tothe high temperature warning when shooting in this mode.I have to mention sRaw here. I stayed away from shooting RAW with my 30D because of thefile sizes. However, I am now using the new sRAW (small RAW) format and I really like it. AsRAW file is about a quarter the size of a regular RAW file. After applying all the usual post-processing RAW adjustments the resulting image is smaller in size than a regular image.However, this is not a problem for me for the images that I do decide to shoot in sRAW.There are times when I want to take a shot in dim household light and I dont want to use theflash because I want to capture the moment just the way it was. Of course, there are othersituations where you are not allowed to use a flash so this issue is also applicable there. The firstthing to do is increase the ISO speed. However, in addition you also need to manually set thecolor temperature for the white balance. The problem with the 30D, however, was that it onlyallowed a range starting at 2,800K. With this minimum setting you could capture the momentwithout using the flash but the image would have an annoying orange look. The 40D allows youto set a minimum color temperature of 2,500K. With this new minimum the orange look is gonecompletely.One of the things that I really disliked about my 30D was that it would instantly power down if Isomehow opened the card door while it was still recording images. I am happy to report thatCanon has now fixed this problem. Rather than powering down, the 40D displays a warningmessage that the CF door is opened on the LCD screen. More importantly, it continues to writethe images to the CF card without any interruption.- ErgonomicsThis camera feels just right. All the buttons are in the right place. It is not too heavy. It isamazing that despite all the new features Canon has added, the overall dimensions and weight ofthe camera have not changed significantly.
    • - Transferring Images to a PCI must say that this seems to be a lot quicker than with the 30D. With the 30D it took a while forthe transfer utility to launch after I had connected the camera to my PC. However, this part of theprocess is a lot quicker with the 40D and the actual transfer process itself seems to be somewhatquicker as well.- Custom FunctionsThe new custom function, Highlight Tone Priority, can provide better highlights. However,depending on the ISO speed you are using you might notice more noise than usual in the shadowareas. There is definitely a trade-off involved and Canon has correctly chosen to disable thisfunction by default. So far I have only done shots up to ISO speeds of 800. I did not notice anynoise in the shots that I took with this option enabled but I suspect that it will show up at veryhigh ISO speeds.I absolutely love the new My Menu tab. It allows for the registering of up to 6 menus and customfunctions that you find that you have to change often. This is another huge time saver eventhough you have to use the menu. Some of the items that I have to change frequently are theImage Quality, Review Time, White Balance, Auto Play and Live View Function Settings. I nowstore all of these under the My Menu tab. In addition I have also set this tab to be my default tabso it is shown first whenever the menu is displayed. Something else that I did to save even moretime was to sort the items registered under this tab so I can quickly locate them.- Tabbed Menu SystemThe 30D had one long scrolling menu system. The menu was divided into categories with adifferent color for each category. You could jump from one category to the next. In contrast, the40D has a tabbed menu system so it is much easier to get to an item when you do need to use themenu. The tabs and their colors generally correspond to the existing categories from the 30D.The shooting and image playback categories each has two tabs. The set-up category actually hasthree tabs. The custom function category has one tab. The My Menu tab, discussed earlier on,does not have a corresponding category from the 30D. Having multiple tabs for most categoriesfurther allow you to save time when searching for an item in a category.- Weatherproof Battery and Storage Compartment DoorsOnce the battery and storage compartment doors are closed, dust and water wont be able to getinto the respective compartments. This is a welcome improvement. I wish the entire body wasweatherproof but I understand that that would have bumped the price up further.- Direct PrintingI do direct printing using a Canon Selphy Photo Printer. One of the less talked about new featureof the Canon 40D is the ability to trim (crop) an image right there in play back mode when doingdirect printing. This is a really convenient feature but it does not end there. When you set thecrop rectangle you can also tilt it by +10 or -10 degrees in 0.5 degrees increments. This allowsyou to correct a slightly tilted image before direct print.- External Flash Management
    • The built-in flash on both the 30D and 40D are good walk-around performers just like the 28-135mm kit lens. However, there are situations where I definitely need a high performance flashso I bought the Canon Speedlite 580EX II Flash to go with my 30D. I could not have beenhappier with this flash. The only small disappointment that I had was the fact that I could notconfigure the flash from my 30D. Canon has resolved this issue on the 40D so now I canconfigure my external flash right there from my camera. Please note that this in-cameraconfiguration of the external flash currently only works with the 580EX II Flash.- MeteringThe metering mode is the way in which the camera determines the correct exposure. The fourmetering modes from the 30D were carried over to the 40D with one significant change. Themodes are as follows:-- EvaluativeThe camera measures the light intensity in several points in the scene. The results are thencombined to find the settings for the best exposure. This is the default mode on both the 30D and40D.-- PartialIn this case the light intensity is taken from an area that represents about 9% of the viewfinderarea at the center. I use this when backlighting causes the background to be much brighter thanthe subject. If evaluative mode was used in this scenario the camera would be fooled by theintensity of the light in the background and the subject would be underexposed. This is remainsunchanged from the 30D.-- SpotThe light intensity is taken from an area that represents about 3.8% of the viewfinder area at thecenter. This has increased from 3.5% on the 30D. I use this when I want the metering to be basedon a specific part of a subject or scene such as a face, the eyes or a smile.-- Center-weighted AverageWith this metering mode, the light intensity is weighted at the center and then sort of "feathered"out towards the edges. I use this when there are many subjects in the central part of theviewfinder but there are small areas that vary greatly in brightness at the edges of the viewfinder.This is the same on both the 30D and 40D.- Image QualityAt the end of the day I am really interested in the quality of the images that my camera produces.The people viewing my images are really not concerned about the fact that my camera has dustreduction and all the other high tech features. What they are interested in is the final result thatthey see.I know some people equate more mega pixels with better quality images. However, simplyadding more pixels without modifying the sensor to handle the increase properly only degradesnoise performance. This time around Canon not only increased the megapixel but also improvedthe sensor design. These changes, along with the DIGIC III image processor and a 14-bitAnalog-to-Digital (A/D) converter instead of the 12-bit in the 30D have definitely improvedimage quality. This was obvious from the very first shot I took with the 40D. However, that wasin a well lit area. At the Miami Seaquarium I had to shoot at various ISO levels due to theunstable weather at this time of year. I did shots up to ISO 800 and there was absolutely no
    • noise. Canon must be commended for this. Other companies got caught up in the megapixel warand lost sight of the goal of producing quality images. Something else relating to ISO that Ireally love is the fact that I can now use auto ISO in the creative modes. I considered it a wasteof time having to set this on my 30D.UPDATE: IS THIS THE RIGHT CAMERA FOR YOU? (1/6/2008)This section is really for first time buyers. If you already own a DSLR I am assuming that youknow enough to use the specifications of the 40D along with reviews here on Amazon to makeyour decision.After reading my glowing review of the 40D you might think that I would recommend thiscamera for everyone - absolutely not. The right camera for you depends on three main factors:- Your Functional Requirements for the CameraYou need to identify the main requirements for the camera. For example, if you will be primarilyshooting sports then obviously a camera that only shoots 3fps will generally not be a very goodcandidate unless you are shooting something like child soccer games. If you intend to shoot morefast paced sports then you will probably want at least 5 fps. If you are more into wildlifephotography and will be shooting very fast moving animals in low light then ideally you willneed a camera with very good high ISO performance and probably something like 10 fps.Another important consideration is the maximum print size that you expect for your photos. Hereis a summary of the maximum print sizes for different megapixels (resolution):6 megapixels 8" * 10"8 megapixels 11" * 14"10 megapixels 13" * 19"As you can see if your maximum print size is 8" * 10" then you are covered with even a 6megapixels camera.Once you have identified the primary use of the camera you can go look at the specifications ofthe main cameras on the market. Dont get caught up in the Canon vs. Nikon debate. Bothcompanies produce great camera and lenses. Make sure you take the time to first read the specsand then the reviews about each camera. If you come across terms that you dont understanddont be afraid to ask your question right here on Amazon.Lets apply what we have learn here so far. Assume that you are just interested in shootingpictures of your family and you have decided that 8" * 10" prints are the maximum that you areconcerned about. Based on just functional requirements I would NOT recommend the 40D foryou. I would recommend something like the Nikon D40 with 6.1 megapixels for a cost of just$470 which even includes the 18-55mm kit lens. You can even shoot 2.5 fps so you could use itto shoot the kids soccer games. The next two cameras on your list would be the Nikon D40x andthe Canon Rebel XTi. Both cameras are 10 megapixels and allow you to shoot 3 fps.- Your BudgetAfter you have identified the ideal camera(s) based on functional requirements you have to takeyour budget into consideration. For example, based on functional requirements you might decide
    • that the ideal camera would be a ID Mark III. However, if you dont have the $4K+ to buy it youmight have to settle for the 40D which is its smaller sibling. You might even decide to go for theNikon D300 instead. On the other hand, you might have a very generous budget and can affordto buy a more advance camera than just what is needed based on your functional requirements.Based on function requirements you might only need a Nikon D40 but can afford to spend$2000. In that case I would definitely recommend the Canon 40D or the Nikon D300.- Your Personal PreferencesYou have to live with your camera. When you pick it up it should feel comfortable and inspireconfidence. Before you buy any camera make sure you go to a store and actually try the cameraso you see how it feels. This is totally up to you. What is comfortable and inspiring for oneperson might not work for another person.As you can see the right camera for you really depend on things that only you can really decide.One of the main questions people ask me is about the Nikon D300. I do not own one so I cannotoffer a review here but I have read the reviews here on Amazon and they are all very good. Youcan use the guidelines above to decide if that is a better camera for you. It offers a lot morefeatures but is also more expensive. Do you need these additional features and can you afford thedifference in price? Dont forget that you will need quality lens to get the most out of theseexpensive cameras. How do you feel about the difference in image quality and high ISOperformance between Canon and Nikon? Is this even a concern for you as there are people onboth sides that swear that the other one is better? Once again, only you can really answer thesequestions.Here is my personal account of how I ended up going with Canon and the 40D. I wanted acamera that could shoot fast paced action, portraits and weddings. The wedding requirementmeant that I needed a camera that had very good high ISO performance since I would need tomake many low light romantic shots without using the flash. There is nothing to spoil a romanticpicture like using the flash. I started out looking at the Nikon D80 and the Canon Rebel XTi. Ihated the small size of the Rebel XTi. It just never felt good in my hands. I really preferred theNikon D80. It even had more features such as spot metering that is important in weddingphotography. However, when I tested the ISO performance of both cameras it was clear to methat the Canon definitely had superior performance when it came to high ISO. This does notmean that the Nikon was bad - just that the Canon was noticeably better. The official reviews bya prominent testing site had the same conclusions. I also felt that the Rebel XTi had better imagequality than the D80, something else that was also confirmed on the testing site.At this point I decided to look at the Canon 30D and the Nikon D200. The D200 cost more but italso offered more features. Both cameras were large enough where I would be comfortable witheither one. I went to the closest camera store and tried out the 30D. They did not carry the D200so I was not able to test it. I was really impressed with 30D but it had a problem since it was only8 megapixels and I might need to blow up wedding pictures to 13" * 19". I went to a prominentsite to see the official tests on both cameras. I was really surprised to find that when it came toimage quality and high ISO performance the Canon once again received better scores eventhough the Nikon had more features. However, since I needed the 10 megapixels I decided to gowith the D200. Hey, life is always about some trade-off and I have no problem with a Nikon or a
    • Canon. I almost ordered the D200 when I found out that Canon would be releasing the 40D in afew months so I instead decided to go with the 30D and then upgrade to the 40D when it cameout.After four months of using the 40D I have no regrets. I believe it represents the best combinationof features and price. However, this is based on my personal functional requirements, budget andpreferences. You need to identify your requirements, see which camera fits into your budget andthen make sure that you are comfortable with the camera. That is the best camera for you. Whatis best for me might not be the best for you. Just dont let the fanatics mislead you - both Canonand Nikon produce great camera and lenses. Pick one and stick with it. Once you have investedheavily in equipment for one there is no reason to be switching to the other. These twocompanies will always be trying to outdo each other which mean better products for us.3/6/2008: If you are new to DSLRs and would like to get up to speed quickly with the mostimportant concepts you can check out my Website at tajdigistudios for some notes. You will seea menu item titled Photographic Notes. They were added in response to several questions fromJennie. You can also see some of the photos I have taken with the 40D under the Portfolio menuitem. The galleries display photos I purchased from iStockPhoto. Over time I will expand thenotes to include photos to better demonstrate the concepts. The site is a DotNetNuke applicationso it is a bit slow when you first launch the application but it should be okay after that. 8/7/2008:I have started putting the photography notes into a free course at this website, tajdslrcourse.UPDATE: THE IMPACT OF THE NEW CANON REBEL XSi (2/2/2008)The replacement for the current Rebel XTi, the Rebel XSi, is scheduled for release on 4/15/2008.If you are in the market for a serious entry level DSLR I strongly recommend that you take alook at this camera. Here is a list of the key new features:- Larger Viewfinder- 12.2 Megapixel CMOS Sensor up from 10 Megapixel- 3.0" LCD Monitor- Live view Mode including Contrast-detect AF- Spot Metering- Improved 9-point AF System- Redesigned Menu System (including My Menu as seen in the 40D)- Highlight Tone Priority (as seen in the 40D)- Continuous Shooting at 3.5fps up from 3.0fps- 14 bit A/D converter and processing- ISO setting displays in viewfinder and ISO button- Multi-shot Self-timer Mode- Auto Lighting Optimiser (boosts shadows after shooting)- Kit lens: Image stabilized version of Canons 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 lensIt is slightly larger than the camera it replaces. At just $800 for the body and $900 for the kit thisis definitely worth serious consideration depending on your requirements, budget andpreferences. To be honest with you I think current 40D owners might be a little jealous of thefeatures on this "baby" Canon DSLR. In my opinion the competition from Nikon has forcedCanon to add more features than it would normally have done. Competition is certainly great for
    • consumers in a free-market. I cannot wait to see what the 5D replacement will be like. I havebeen waiting on that camera since I plan to use it as my main camera and my 40D as a backup.PURPOSE OF REVIEWS:My understanding was that the purpose of these reviews was for owners to share their experiencewith the product being reviewed. At the time of updating my review it is really disappointing tosee that of 13 reviews, there are actually 5 which are from people who have not purchased theproduct and are simply rehashing the specs and/or engaging in useless debates about Nikon vs.Canon. This makes it difficult for potential buyers to quickly determine if existing owners arehappy with the product and if not, why. I purchased a lot of items from Amazon, mostly books,and I find that I cannot simply rely on the overall ratings anymore. I have to wade throughnumerous negative reviews from people who do not even own the items. Another problem is thepeople who buy something that clearly could not satisfy their requirements in the first place. Forexample, I once saw a review of a book where the reviewer criticized the book for being abeginners book. The problem, however, is that the book clearly stated that it was for beginners.The title of the book "Teach Yourself ... in 24 hours" should have been enough for anyone toknow that this book was intended for beginners. Why would someone buy it then and thencriticize for being such?I think Amazon need to come up with a way of restricting reviews to people who have actuallypurchased the item in question from them. This would truly make the reviews more meaningful.In the meantime potential buyers need to carefully evaluate negative reviews. I am notsuggesting that all reviews must be 5 stars like the one I gave the 40D. However, I really wouldlike to see the reviews based on the experiences of actual owners. For example, has imagequality increased or decreased with the increase in mega pixels and what is the impact whenusing higher ISO?327 of 349 people found the following review helpful.Canon 40D -- What I like... What I dont likeBy A. ParcherI was a long time owner of the Canon 10D which I quickly outgrew. Then, I upgraded to the 20Dand have been using it for the past few years. I didnt think the 30D was a big enough stepforward to warrant the upgrade. Going from the 20D to the 40D is a big leap forward.Unboxing the 40D is about the same as the other two DSLRs Ive owned. Manuals in bothspanish and english, plus software for MAC and PC. I got the "body only" package as I alreadyown the 28-135mm lens. That lens is just **ok.** and I really didnt want a 2nd copy. Thebattery is the bp511A so I can use the already charged one from my 20D. The strap is the sameas the 20D. The compact flash memory is the same as well, so I didnt need to buy any newaccessories to upgrade.The first thing you will notice is the big display on the back. Its very nice compared to the oneon the 20D. Although, Im constantly afraid that my titanium rimmed glasses will scratch thescreen. The screen is so much closer to the viewfinder compared to the little one on my 20D. Ithink Ill look for a clear film cover that will shield it.
    • The controls are very similar to the 20D/30D. However, they are moved around a bit. The menustructure is very different and it will take some getting used to. The first thing I thought of wasmy old 10D... and how simple it was just due to the sheer lack of features. The 40D has so manythat it would be tough for a beginner to get used to them all. It might be good for beginners whoare a bit techno challenged to buy a cheaper, used DSLR to get used to using a simple model...then sell it and upgrade.The camera feels so much more solid than my 20D. The little motor that pops up the flashsounds really solid compared to the old 20D. Even the shutter sounds terrific. Very quick andquiet. The old 10D had a nice shutter sound as well. the 20D always sounded like thrashingmetal to me. To contrast, the Nikon DSLRs have a slow sounding swish to them... this one istight and quick. The camera feels about the same in my hand. Although the lines are smoothedout a bit compared to the 20D.I tried out the live preview feature and found it annoying since Im used to looking through theviewfinder. I think I would like it much more if this was my first DSLR as a conversion from apoint and shoot where you typically only use a "live view." The LCD is viewable at a strongangle so the live view may be usable for when the camera must be held at odd angles away fromthe body... like over a stream or something. This camera is heavier than a point-and-shoot andyou need your face to help you hold it steady. I found myself a bit wobbly when I was holding itout using the live-view feature. Youll need a high shutter speed to keep from getting shakylooking pictures.So, what about picture quality?? Its a 10mp camera so the pictures are big. I have a workhorseMacPro tower and it has no problem working on the 10-12MB pictures that this camera produces(.jpg processing for now). Im happy to say that the focus is spot on in all of my sample picturesfrom 4 different lenses (17-40 f/4L, 28-135 IS zoom, 50mm f/1.4, 100mm macro). The DPPsoftware can be used to edit raw files if you choose to use it. It works pretty well and it was veryspeedy on my MacPro. You also get direct access to picture styles from within the computersoftware so you dont have to worry about setting it in camera. The pictures look very nice. Thecolors are very accurate. at iso100 the pictures are so nice and smooth. My 50 and 100mm lensesmake the most buttery out of focus areas on this camera.******ALERT******as of this writing(9-2-2007), Aperture, Finder, Preview, Photoshop CS3 (ACR4.1), and iPhoto donot support raw image files from the 40D. This was the case with the 10D when I first purchasedit and it took a few months for APPLE and Adobe to deliver updates. Im sure Canon areworking hard with vendors to get their updates in the works. The good news is that there aresettings for RAW+.jpg so you can have both files when the software updates come through. Ifyou dont like being on the "bleeding" edge of technology, then wait a few months before youplunk down the cash for the 40D.***** ALERT UPDATE *****As of 9-13-07, Adobe has released Camera Raw updated 4.2 which now supports the Canon40D.As of 10-26-07, Apples Aperture and Mac OS 10.5 (Leopard) support Canon 40D raw files.
    • Picture styles are easily accessed from a dedicated button on the camera. They allow you tomake quick sets for defining different picture taking scenarios. It basically does some basic post-processing work in-camera to save time later. It worked really well. I found that pictures even upat 1600iso looked usable for every day stuff (e.g. not blown up too big.). ISO can be set in 1/3stop increments which is new for me. having iso250 just seems weird but its actually veryhandy. Gives you the ability to really tweak the settings to capture as much detail as possible in ahigh dynamic range image (like a sunset, or a backlit portrait without fill flash). I havent takenside-by-side shots yet but it seems like the images are more detailed with a wider dynamic rangethan the 20D. Maybe this is the 14bit image processing from DigicIII at work?The camera seems more responsive than the 20D. The menu scrolling seems faster, file writingseems about as fast (probably a faster rate but bigger file).One of the neatest features is the custom C1, C2, and C3 dial positions. You can set these up to"remember" camera settings for quick access later on. They act like the memory buttons onluxury car seats! Very handy if you take really different kinds of shots. I go back and forth fromMacro to Landscape all the time so I can quickly dial in my base set and go from there.The vibration dust remover might be a cool feature. I cant feel the camera vibrate or hear itworking, which is nice. Apparently it vibrates for 1 second whenever the camera is turned on oroff. I changed this setting so that its only triggered manually by me. I figured I could just use itwhen I need it rather than have it going all the time. .Another of my favorite features is the spot meter. The 10D and 20D never had this feature.Apparently the 30D does, but this one is slightly higher weight at the center point. I tried it outand it works really well in combination with the AF point selectors.So what do I hate about the 40D? I really hate the Auto White Balance setting for indoor shots.You want to be sure to set the camera manually when you are taking the 50millionth picture ofyour dog. Otherwise itll be all yellow looking. Canon, can you fix that please?? If you set itmanually it looks great.SInce I like to do available light photography I like to use mirror lock-up. I wish there was abutton for that as do many other people.Canon finally has the iso setting in the viewfinder so well give Canon props for that.My last gripe is that the display screen could have a bit higher resolution. Its nice and big butcould have a denser pixel set for really checking out your work.Overall Im sure anyone would be happy with this camera if you are willing to spend the time tolearn how to use it. If you are a beginner, dont expect to take magazine quality shots on day 1.Wait at least till day 2 :-)I must say that Nikon did come out swinging this time. The newly announced D300 is quite thecamera. It will be interesting to compare the Sony CMOS pics to those produced by Canon. HadI not had a bunch of Canon gear already I might have given up the extra dough for the Nikon.
    • Nikon (Sony) blues and reds always seem too punchy to me but thats just my personal taste. Mygood friend has a Nikon D200 and his pictures are just beautiful out of that camera. The NikonD300 has some wiz-bang features but Im not sure I would take advantage of them... nor do Ithink they will directly result in better pictures. Spend the $500 bucks youll save on aphotography class and youll have more fun, meet more people, and be taking better pictures at 3months than if you start with a really fancy camera that you cant figure out how to use.Im hoping Canon has been spending some time re-inventing as Nikon have over the last coupleof years. The good news is that all of these cameras take good pictures; however, you have toknow how to use them. When I pick up my friends Nikon is seems all foreign to me and I feelout of my element. He makes the same comments when he uses my Canon.78 of 80 people found the following review helpful.The Most Camera For Your MoneyBy The Camera EyeThe Canon 40D is the most camera for the money that Canon has ever provided. The highlights:- The new improvded Autofocus: Yes, its still 9 point, and I was skeptical about how improvedit would actually be, but having used in the field on several photo shoots, I was able to compareit directly to my Canon 5D, and the AF on the 40D was noticeably more accurate & sensitive tosubtle differences within the Depth of Field. The new system performs especially well with my135mm 2.0L, and my 70-200mm 2.8L IS. But this is what is advertised about it (i.e. betterperformance with lens w/ Maximum apertures of 2.8 and greater).- The 3.0" LCD: Once again, comparing this to my 5D, which has a 2.5" display, the colorreproduction is noticeably more accurate. Initially I thought that the colors were being captureddifferently by the camera, but when I realized they were very similar once I looked at them onthe computer, it became apparent the difference was in the display on the camera. Also, thedisplay on the 40D is brighter. I have not yet noticed as dramatic a difference as Canon has madeit seem in their product detail when viewed in sunlight, but especially in darker settings, it isnoticeable that theres a difference.- The frame rate & buffer size: The increased buffer is very apparent, in particular at the lowspeed continuous setting (3 fps), where the speed at 3fps seems faster than the 3fps on the 5Dsimply because it can continue shooting (seemingly endlessly). In the high speed continuousmode (6.5fps), the speed is mind-boggling. I have not had a chance to fully test this out yet (lookfor a future edit to this).- The viewfinder: The size and brightness are noticeably & dramatically better. The look throughthe viewfinder is so improved over my old 20D, they almost cant be compared. Its not quite asbig as the 5D, but not far off either. And its just about as bright as the 5D, if not as bright.- The AF button on the back: Although I still use the regular half push on the shutter button themajority of the time, I have found the rear AF button to be very handy at times. At certain times,the way in which I hold the camera makes using the traditional half push much easier. However,as a tip, I have found that in focus-recompose situations, the rear AF button is invaluable, as it is
    • MUCH easier to continue holding down the rear AF Button while recomposing and then snap theshot, whereas with the traditional system, it is more difficult to recompose without accidentallyreleasing pressure slightly on the shutter and having to try again (or accidentally taking the shotafter it refocuses to an area you didnt want).The menu system: The new tab based menu system is much more intuitive & much better thanscrolling through one big list. If youve ever seen the menus on some of the more recentPowershot mini point and shoots, its like that (similar specifically to my knowledge to theSD630, as that is the one I own).Battery management: I used this camera at the Redskins/Dolphins home game last week, and Ihave a routine of where and how much I take pictures, and how often the camera is on. Mycamera came in the day I had a photo shoot with a model later, so I put in a battery I had alreadycharged to use with my 5D, and left the brand new battery to charge at home. So, I was using oneof my old batteries, in other words. This was not a long photo shoot with this model, I shotmaybe 50 pictures of the shoot with the 40D. I never changed the battery before the game &what was noticeable was that the indicator did not drop off of "full" until the end of the fourthquarter, right before they went into OT. Since I was shooting with a new 40D as opposed to myold 20D I was shooting more, also - probably 33% more than normal. And with the 20D, if thebattery had just been charged and no other use, it would have been down from "full" by halftime,slightly beforehand. The camera is clearly managing the power consumption better. (NOTE: Theone improvement that did not make the 40D, disappointingly, is a better battery indicator - itsstill the same annoying little 3 bars, of which 2 always go away when it drops from full, so reallya two bar indicator).- The speed of scrolling through pictures: I know this has to be a result of the DIGIC IIIprocessor. Its absurdly better than the 20D or the 5D. If you scroll the knob real quick to zipthrough a bunch of pcitures, its there in a second or less. The best way I can describe it is thedifference in a computer that youd been running 256MB RAM on & you just upped it to 1GB. Itmakes the "Jump" button seem almost unneccesary, however, Im glad that its still there!- Picture Style Button: This is very convenient. I hated looking for that through the long menu.- Flash management: I dont have the new 580EX II yet, but with the 580EX, its still noticeablethat when using the E-TTL automatic mode, it does a better job of managing the output, using alower output at times when I know it would have overfired or drawn more power on the 20D,and the end result is you can get more good shots quicker. NOTE: I was using the external powerpack also. But Im making my assessment based on use of the power pack with the flash whenusing the old camera as well.- Visible ISO on the display on top. And better, although still familiar, layout on the top display.Assessment: In terms of specs, this camera is amazingly close to its new big brother the 1DMark III, more than past models have been. This is a big plus to those of us who dont have afortune to spend on the top of the line Canon cameras. The image quality of this camera is notnoticeably different than that in the 5D, although there is a slight difference when you look
    • carefully. And of course it isnt full frame, which is a minus in certain applications, and a plus inothers. The improvements between the 20D and the 30D were negligible, to say the least - it wasclear Canon was just extending the lifecycle of the 20D, and the 30D should have been called the20D Mark II. However, the 40D has many dramatic improvements over both of these previousmodels, and scrapes at the heels of the 5D in all of the areas where the 5D once had a clearadvantage - lets hope for a 5D Mark II (or 7D, or whatever it will be called) soon. Ive beenreading rumors that it will be the 1st quarter of next year. I will admit that when this camera wasfirst announced, and the Nikon D300 announcement came a few days later, Nikon caught myattention big time. But obviously, with all my investment in so much Canon equipment, it was ano-brainer to continue with Canon. Even to own both brands would be a considerable additionalinvestment for that one body, as I have no Nikon lenses. At this point I will preach the gospel of"L." To truly appreciate how good Canon photography can be, you need to own at least one "L"lens (although it will become more than one once you do, LOL). I own the highest rated (and stillsomewhat "affordable") L lenses, the Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM Lens for Canon SLRCameras, the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS Image Stabilizer USM AF Telephoto Lens &Filters & 5 Year Warranty & Accessory Kit(both previously mentioned here), the Canon EF 100-400mm f4.5-5.6L IS USM Telephoto Zoom Lens for Canon SLR Cameras and the Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM Standard Zoom Lens for Canon SLR Cameras, which I havent used on the40D yet, as I prefer the idea of using it on the full frame 5D for the wider angles it provides. Ihavent used the 100-400 on it yet just because I havent had a chance or the right opportunity.Theyre all worth every penny, and I would note that the 135mm 2.0L might be the best lens,period. Its defintely my best one, although the 70-200 2.8L IS comes close.Once again, the 40D is the best body for the money that Canon makes.See all 422 customer reviews...My Associates Store | Shopping Cart Browse by CategoryPatio Furniture SetsCamera & Photo Similar ItemsFotodiox Dedicated (Bayonet) Len...$5.31
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