EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: When you get a new Body (Camera) and Lenses, what do you do to check it out« on: April 03, 2013, 01:22:58 AM »
Well, nothing like a test run going out shooting.
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Don't overlook the 30D either, there were probably more of those made and it's not that much less of a camera than the 40D. I've still got one of each, don't see a point in selling them as they just won't get me enough money to make it worth selling. I use them when I can, just to keep them operational, and they will serve as emergency or beater cameras when needed. Whenever I do use them, I marvel at just how good they were for the time, and still quite good unless you need high ISO performance (higher than 800 at least).
Very much agree. 40D is a brilliant camera. Had two of them myself both running in over 150k clicks and still have one.
If you compare the 7D and 40D on DXO there is not much between them at all. Put a 17-55mm on it and it creates razor sharp images.
I used mine for weddings, landscape, motor sport and editorial work never missed a beat.
But lets not delude too far, it is a great camera but certainly showing its age. Screen res (you cant really tell if the image is sharp), no AFMA, one F2.8 cross type and 8 F5.6 cross type outers which aren't that useful or accurate, ISO 1600 is about as far as you can shoot and not that it bothers me as I dont shoot video but no video.
If you want a cheap fast camera with brilliant IQ then the 40D was probably the best of its era.
Its only when you get cameras like the 5DMKIII that you realise. If your not spoiled in tech like that the 40D still impresses. I upgraded to the 7D and apart from obvious body upgrades the IQ difference was not that great and they are very similar infact I found the 40D to create images less noisy where it counts 100-400. So sold the 7D for a 5DMKIII and kept the 40D.
The 50D didnt appeal to me. 50% more pixels on similar tech made the images rather noisy.
The 40D is a very nice camera, I've had five of them. I'd consider buying another if the price was right. $200 - $250 is a good deal if its a nice low usage body. The problem is that on our local Craigslist, prices are silly.
OK, now I remember ... so it was said by both. ThanksI went with a dual boot XP/Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit system. XP will allow me to still use some hardware and software that I have that is only comptatable with XP and 7 will allow me to go forward.Congratulations ... Good choice. I like your tag line from Matrix "There is no spoon" ... I wish it was true for some of our problems in life ... BTW, if I remember correctly that line was said by the kid who was bending the spoon in part 1?
Spoon boy: Do not try and bend the spoon. That's impossible. Instead... only try to realize the truth.
Neo: What truth?
Spoon boy: There is no spoon.
Neo: There is no spoon?
Spoon boy: Then you'll see, that it is not the spoon that bends, it is only yourself.
If you are upgrading the OS on an existing machine - Win 7 64-bit.
If that machine is older than 2 years, buy a new machine with Win 8 and Start8.
Or, buy a Mac. I have Macs and PCs. Versus Win 7, I find the Mac UI different, not necessarily vastly superior (snow leppard). However, the overall experience is better - things just work. It takes a while to get used to doing things on the Mac if you are a life-long PC user. But once you do, most people don't go back to PC.
I agree Win8 is a failed attempt by microsoft to catch up to the well designed OS X/iOS multi-device user experience. If you have to go up the learning curve for Win8, why not spend that time transitioning to a Mac?
I ended up building my own system dedicated to my photo & video processing, and went with Win7 64-bit because I could do so for far less money than purchasing a Mac. But if I were buying a new machine for general purpose use, I would not bother with a win8 machine. I would go with a mac.
I got my clone via eBay and I love it. Cost me about 40 bucks and it works perfectly! It came with a soft case and everything!
I have 4 of these with the yongnuo brand each take 8 eneloops they work really well
never tried the genuine ones though
Ugh, I just bought Lightroom 4 and to my horror, it is not comptatible with XP!!!Do not assume that your new computer is fully Windows 8 compatible. They do not sell full versions of Windows 8, just upgrades. OK, there is a system builder edition, but its renamed because it assumes you are a professional system builder and test/debug your hardware with Windows 8 before going into production.
After the release of Vista, I swore to myself that I would stick with XP (which I really like) for as long as I can. Well after 12 years of faithful XP use, it looks like my travels have come to an end.
Now, mind you I am running a new system (AMD Phenom II X4 965, OC'ed to 3.8Ghz) DDR 3 memory, etc... but I have just resisted upgrading to Windows Vista (Gag! Yuck!), 7 or now even 8 for YEARS. (Call me a rebel...)
Well, that has come to a quick end with the purchase of Lightroom 4. Now, my question is, which is better? Windows 7 or 8? Any thoughts?
This is one time where just buying a new Dell XPS for $700 is a good idea if you want Windows 8.
Assuming your hardware will fully support it, get Windows 8. It is faster and has some features like support for larger hard drives, and GPT format. This is not trivial, you may have a tough time trying to make copies of a Windows 8 hard drive unless you upgrade other software. Readup on GPT format, you might not want to go there yet, but its coming sooner or later.
The good news is that you will be good for several more years.
As to the interface, just purchase Start 8 for $4.99 and get the old start menu back. A relative is a Microsoft Manager, and he uses it on all his pc's. If you do not have a touch monitor, you need the start menu.
Windows 7 is going to be easier to learn, because the interface is familiar. I have both. It took me 2-3 hours to become fairly proficient with Windows 8, but there are just some things that do not seem to make sense without a touch screen. You will find some software and some drivers that are not updated, and never will be.
Windows 7 is safe, lots of drivers now, but there will be older scanners, etc that are not supported, particularly with 64 bit. You do want 64 bit!!
i chucked it all in and finally crossed over to the mac side.