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Just picked up a ligtly used 40D as a back up for my 7D!
« on: April 01, 2013, 10:52:10 PM »
I find it amazing how many people dump their equipment when new stuff comes out, believing that the new stuff is just miles ahead of what they had been using, (and had been getting great results with to boot!)

I have been looking for a nice 40D w/ grip as a backup/second body to my current 7D. For the money you cannot beat the 40D. The image quality is fantastic (for 10.1mp) and it is as fast as ever. I truly believe this was one of Canon's most overlooked cameras. It's run only lasted a year and many people passed it over when the 50D came out. I have used/owned the 40D and 50D and I love the 40D for the price and image quality. My first 40D I bought used (for $500 bucks) and I replaced it with the 7D when it was stolen about 2 years ago.

I found a really nice 40D with a Canon bg-e2n grip for about $350 bucks. I can't complain. The older cameras may be scoffed at, but they are far from done.

If you have an older body and think you need to "upgrade", take a look at your glass. Good glass will take you farther than any camera body can.

Like a good friend of mine says, "Learn your equipment and learn it well, you will be miles ahead of someone who solely thinks newer is better but does not know how to use it."

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Just picked up a ligtly used 40D as a back up for my 7D!
« on: April 01, 2013, 10:52:10 PM »

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Re: Just picked up a ligtly used 40D as a back up for my 7D!
« Reply #1 on: April 01, 2013, 11:04:27 PM »
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.

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Re: Just picked up a ligtly used 40D as a back up for my 7D!
« Reply #2 on: April 01, 2013, 11:18:32 PM »
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.

I have seen 40D bodies on Adorama for $250-$275 bucks and believe me they sell as quickly as they are posted. Local prices range from $300-$350 for a body only. Once the rumored 70D hits the market I bet you will start seeing a lot more 40D's in the range of $200-$250. I still think $300 for a good used 40D body is very reasonable, esp for what you get for that price.

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Re: Just picked up a ligtly used 40D as a back up for my 7D!
« Reply #3 on: April 02, 2013, 01:11:20 AM »
Also i have a 40D as a Canon 7D backup camera. I bought it new in 2008 and used as primary camera for 3 years.

The camera have around 50k click's and still running perfectly. I abused my 40D very hard... from -25 degree Celsius ( on top of the mountains) to very hot desert conditions where the sand is like flour. Never, not even once let me down.


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Re: Just picked up a ligtly used 40D as a back up for my 7D!
« Reply #4 on: April 02, 2013, 01:13:33 AM »
I loved my 40d as well that camera was great if it had AFma I would have kept it. Thank you 50d!
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Re: Just picked up a ligtly used 40D as a back up for my 7D!
« Reply #5 on: April 02, 2013, 02:01:56 AM »
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).

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Re: Just picked up a ligtly used 40D as a back up for my 7D!
« Reply #6 on: April 02, 2013, 02:44:11 AM »
40D, my first DSLR and still my favorite Canon body.
not worth selling, will keep, shoot, and cherish. It's my benchmark crop camera.

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Re: Just picked up a ligtly used 40D as a back up for my 7D!
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Re: Just picked up a ligtly used 40D as a back up for my 7D!
« Reply #7 on: April 02, 2013, 04:19:01 AM »
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.

http://www.dxomark.com/index.php/Cameras/Compare-Camera-Sensors/Compare-cameras-side-by-side/(appareil1)/619|0/(brand)/Canon/(appareil2)/180|0/(brand2)/Canon

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.

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Re: Just picked up a ligtly used 40D as a back up for my 7D!
« Reply #8 on: April 02, 2013, 11:41:11 PM »
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.

http://www.dxomark.com/index.php/Cameras/Compare-Camera-Sensors/Compare-cameras-side-by-side/(appareil1)/619|0/(brand)/Canon/(appareil2)/180|0/(brand2)/Canon

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.


Well said, the 50D did not appeal to me either. I chose the 40D when I upgraded from my XTi over the 50D because the money spent on the 50D did not seem worth it. To this day I believe I made the right choice. I have used the 50D and as far as features goes, it is a very nice camera. But image quality and resolution? I have VERY hard time telling images apart taken with the two cameras.

The 40D takes very low noise photos and are silky smooth. I look forward to taking my new 40D out for a spin. I can't wait to try my new EF 70-300L on it!

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Re: Just picked up a ligtly used 40D as a back up for my 7D!
« Reply #9 on: April 03, 2013, 12:10:02 AM »
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).

I agree that the 30D is a really good camera, but Canon added a ton of new features to the 40D that makes it "pop" over the 30D. The live view is nice and well as the sensor cleaning. The larger screen is always a plus and the 1.5 fps addition is always welcome. But I would have to agree, the 30D for the price right now is a very good camera.

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Re: Just picked up a ligtly used 40D as a back up for my 7D!
« Reply #10 on: April 09, 2013, 10:33:32 PM »
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.

I have seen 40D bodies on Adorama for $250-$275 bucks and believe me they sell as quickly as they are posted. Local prices range from $300-$350 for a body only. Once the rumored 70D hits the market I bet you will start seeing a lot more 40D's in the range of $200-$250. I still think $300 for a good used 40D body is very reasonable, esp for what you get for that price.

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The subject got me thinking of how I loved my 40D's.  I sold my old backup 10D with a few old EF lenses last weekend, and picked up a nice relatively low usage (13,000) 40D for $250 this evening.  Original box, manuals, looking like new.
I'll give it a good trial tomorrow.  If I don't like it, I can quickly resell it without losing money.  I have a 15-85mm EF-S which I'd saved when I sold my 7D.

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« Reply #11 on: April 10, 2013, 12:21:15 AM »
I'm still a faithful 40D user.  Well, I should say my assistant is, as it serves as a backup body for me and he shoots with it when I don't have it on me.  I'll put an L lens or a 50 1.4 on it and it still pumps out beautiful images.

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« Reply #12 on: April 10, 2013, 11:29:07 AM »
I'm still a faithful 40D user.  Well, I should say my assistant is, as it serves as a backup body for me and he shoots with it when I don't have it on me.  I'll put an L lens or a 50 1.4 on it and it still pumps out beautiful images.

I took a few test shots last night indoors at up to ISO 3200.  It handled the exposure nicely, and with modern raw processing, the high iso image turned out much better than expected.

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« Reply #13 on: April 10, 2013, 01:58:05 PM »
I've had a 40D that has literally gone unused since I bought it shortly after the 40D was made available. 

I can already hear all the WHY's?

Well, I've been shooting film up until January of this year.  I had several film cameras including a 4 x 5 so the 40D wasn't being used.  I've been slowly selling off my film camera gear.  Before coming across this post, I was considering selling the 40D. 

Maybe I should hold onto it.   :)
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Re: Just picked up a ligtly used 40D as a back up for my 7D!
« Reply #14 on: April 10, 2013, 02:19:40 PM »
I've had a 40D that has literally gone unused since I bought it shortly after the 40D was made available. 

I can already hear all the WHY's?

Well, I've been shooting film up until January of this year.  I had several film cameras including a 4 x 5 so the 40D wasn't being used.  I've been slowly selling off my film camera gear.  Before coming across this post, I was considering selling the 40D. 

Maybe I should hold onto it.   :)

I bought mine from a seller who wanted video.  The price will keep dropping, so, if you don't use it, sell it.  You can always buy one later for less.
I likely got a deal, $300-$350 is the top price.

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« Reply #14 on: April 10, 2013, 02:19:40 PM »