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Anyone still using a 20D?
« on: January 03, 2013, 08:19:55 PM »
I have a 20D, and am waiting to buy a 5DMkIII this year if I can save up a bit.  Should I simply assume the 20D is obsolete? I still really like it, and 8mp seems nice enough for some things that won't be blown up over 5x7 or so. Is anyone still shooting with this older camera, or is the tendency to simply let it go? It's such a dear friend....

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Anyone still using a 20D?
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Re: Anyone still using a 20D?
« Reply #1 on: January 03, 2013, 08:26:49 PM »
Was good enough for photo a4, or a3 at a pace back in its day, should still be today.

Not worth much used.  Ever fancied an IR camera?

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Re: Anyone still using a 20D?
« Reply #2 on: January 03, 2013, 09:02:15 PM »
There's even a website displaying how blatantly obsolete this camera is:
http://500px.com/search?utf8=%E2%9C%93&q=canon+20d

My gosh, how could you even dare to publicly admit that you own this ancient device?  :o



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Re: Anyone still using a 20D?
« Reply #3 on: January 03, 2013, 09:17:54 PM »
I recently upgraded to the 5D3 from the 40D. You will see a tremendously huge difference in your photos. I also have a 20D that served me very well for the time.
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Re: Anyone still using a 20D?
« Reply #4 on: January 03, 2013, 09:36:09 PM »
I have a Rebel XT (same sensor as the 20D, or very similar) and a 5D III.

The difference in image quality is not as great as I'd expected. At a given ISO between 100 and 1600, per pixel, the cameras perform within a stop or so of each other, which is surprising given how new the 5D III is and that they have similar pixel density. As regards sharpness, the Rebel is about as good for a 8x12 as the Mark III is for a 12X18, I would guess, and at the same print size the 5D III probably has over a stop advantage in terms of how clean the image is, nearly two stops. It has a bit more dynamic range.

For some bizarre reason the Rebel XT seems to handle JPEGs better, while the 5D seems soft per-pixel. I don't know why.

The Mark III has a beautiful finder, amazing fast autofocus, great build quality, and a nice LCD. Full frame gives a really special look with fast 35mm and 50mm lenses (and 135mm lenses, too, I think). I think you will not use your 20D much after getting the Mark III. It's a very nice camera.




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Re: Anyone still using a 20D?
« Reply #5 on: January 03, 2013, 10:00:56 PM »
I had a couple of 20D's back in the day. It was a good camera and still is. 8MP is good enough for a lot of things. It most definitely has it's limitations compared to todays cameras. Mostly being ISO performance.
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Re: Anyone still using a 20D?
« Reply #6 on: January 03, 2013, 10:16:59 PM »
I still have a 10D, its a fine camera.  I've had most of the Canon DSLR's, only missing the 1D X and a couple Rebels.
I would not worry about the camera, upgrade if there are new features or things you need.  I also have a 5D MK III, I bought it primarily for low light use, and as a tethered body for product photography.
However, for most all around photography, the 10D is fine.  I use it as a backup.  Save one of your 20D's for a backup body if you buy a new DSLR.
 

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« Reply #7 on: January 03, 2013, 11:07:42 PM »
My dear 20D + 16-35 2.8L combo recorded some of most beautiful and memorable moments in my life.

5D3, man, is much much better in every aspect. I haven't really touched my 20D since I got the 5D3. In the 20D era, my 28-70 was pretty much collecting dusts in the closet. Now it shines again and is the most used lens on my 5D3.
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« Reply #8 on: January 03, 2013, 11:10:14 PM »
Thanks folks. That site mentioned by "M" convinced me that there is plenty of life left in my camera, and I will have to get busy using my 100mm macro.... Look forward to a 5D MkIII when it gets a bit closer to 2000, maybe.  It just seems discussions tend to be about the newest cameras, but obviously, there are plenty of other ones in use...

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« Reply #9 on: January 03, 2013, 11:15:04 PM »
My teenage daughter resurrected my old 20D, pulled off the grip, bought a couple of new BP511 batteries from eBay, got a pre-owned eBay $65 kit EF-S 18-55is, grabbed my "little" 8Gb CF cards and started shooting. She loves it. It's better than her Samsung Galaxy phone camera. She prefers it to my walkabout G15. I hope her eyesight is better than mine with that thumbnail sized screen.

But still, the 20D was a cool little camera that I did a lot of professional work on as a second body to a 1Ds and 1Ds MkII. It's done over 300,000 actuations on the original shutter and still runs perfectly.

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Re: Anyone still using a 20D?
« Reply #10 on: January 04, 2013, 07:36:03 AM »
I was using it till I just got the 6D. That camera and I went through a lot! The 6D is MUCH better in low light and my new IS lens allows me to shoot at lower shutter speed...but I find myself still reaching for the old controls. I'm so used to changing focus points with the 20D, I just can't do it as fast with the 6D. And Picture Styles? What the heck is that if I'm shooting RAW?
Not going back, but kind of miss it.
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« Reply #11 on: January 04, 2013, 11:09:44 PM »
I was one of first 20D buyers and still use this camera with BG-E2 grip with various EF lenses, mostly 28-135mm and 70-200mm. I have taken thousands of photos for my grandsons various football and baseball games over the yrs, posted them all on Picassa for fellow parents to see and the camera still works flawlessly.  Would love a 5D Mark III but being retired, I'll have to wait until prices eventually come down to a more modest level. Meanwhile, I'll just keep using my trusty 20D.  You might choose to retain yours as a back up, once you have upgraded.   :)

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Re: Anyone still using a 20D?
« Reply #12 on: January 05, 2013, 12:16:36 AM »
Ditto.  Except it's the 30D for me.  Love that camera.  Haven't used it for a while but I do still pull it out sometimes.  It's not worth getting rid of and it's still a great camera.  Keep your 20D.  I suspect that you will regret selling more than keeping it.
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« Reply #13 on: January 05, 2013, 12:47:52 AM »
I was using the 20D until about 6 months ago. I have moved on to newer and better things. :)
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« Reply #14 on: January 05, 2013, 01:10:18 AM »
Not a 20D, but a 30D - and I can't see it being completely retired any time soon.  The 5d3 just arrived, but I am loathe to take it anywhere it might get damaged yet :)  Still takes good images.  Even better with proper lenses.

It's worth 2-3x as much to me as a 'backup' or "if it gets damaged, so what?" camera than anyone would pay me for it.

Meanwhile I have an awful lot to learn about the new beast!

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Re: Anyone still using a 20D?
« Reply #14 on: January 05, 2013, 01:10:18 AM »