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Re: 40D with grip for $300, or something else?
« Reply #15 on: February 06, 2014, 04:57:48 AM »

Hi Mr Canuck.
I still have my 40D as a backup to my 7D, still a great camera main thing lacking as far as I'm concerned is AFMA, if your lenses are good on the body it does great, if like me the kit lens was OOF (took me way too long to realise the problem) the pics won't stand pixel peeking! Have a good copy of the kit lens now and it takes great pics, still fire off a few frames with it due to the certain something it seems to give the images, they look good. Incidentally there is someone in Manchester UK selling a very rare new one £399! eBay!

Cheers Graham.

Excuse me... what is AFMA (Auto Focus ... ??) ? What is OOF (out-of-focus?)  ???

Thanks in advance for the explanations :-)
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Re: 40D with grip for $300, or something else?
« Reply #15 on: February 06, 2014, 04:57:48 AM »

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Re: 40D with grip for $300, or something else?
« Reply #16 on: February 06, 2014, 07:39:36 AM »
I still use my 40D as the go to camera if I'm on a stroll with my dog.  If the light is good, it's great and has higher fps than my 60D. 

It has also been on safari twice, dropped, bounced, shaken, beaten and abused and still runs like clockwork.  It's a solid piece of kit, and for $300 including grip, I'd go for it (about the same price as in the UK).

If you want higher ISO, ten go for a 50D (apparantly better ISO handling than the 60D), but if it's daylight or tripod mounted in low light then I'd stick with the 40D.

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Re: 40D with grip for $300, or something else?
« Reply #17 on: February 06, 2014, 08:50:24 AM »
Excuse me... what is AFMA (Auto Focus ... ??) ? What is OOF (out-of-focus?)  ???

nlt (nearly there) - "af micro adjustment", btw oof is ok though ymmv w/ abbreviations :-)

If you want higher ISO, ten go for a 50D (apparantly better ISO handling than the 60D)

I'd doubt that's significant - the 60d just has more resolution, if you downsize that to 50d level it should be about the same. The 50d is great for video though, as the only crop body except the 7d it's able to shoot full res raw video with Magic Lantern since it's got cf cards.

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Re: 40D with grip for $300, or something else?
« Reply #18 on: February 06, 2014, 09:31:33 AM »
Have you considered a 5D Classic?

Its full frame like the 6D solid build. I had the 40D, best camera I have had, I traded to a 5Dc as the  images off it are excellent and you can pick those up for a low price as well.



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Re: 40D with grip for $300, or something else?
« Reply #19 on: February 06, 2014, 09:43:26 AM »
I brought a 40D like 2 days before I got my 6D. I also have a t2i and 1D. I really like the 6D and 40D but I pretty only use my 40D for action pictures during the day. It is my camera i take to the beach and snowboarding.  If your not going to use it for sports, I would probably get a t2i or t3i.

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I can get it for $200 without grip/L-plate
« Reply #20 on: February 06, 2014, 10:18:27 AM »
Lots of good info, thanks.

I've confirmed I can get it for $200 with everything original and an extra battery, which suits me fine. Don't feel the need for the grip and Lplate, which will be taken out of the deal.

The appeal is that it's only $200. It's not been used much (was a backup cam) and it'll probably sit around a fair bit in my drawer and bag. And I can get it locally with no tax, easy, etc. I was prompted to get it because I have a ski resort shoot coming up (I don't do a lot of paid photo gigs) and I just don't want to risk standing there looking stupid if the 6D does something unexpected. And my backup to the 40D in a pinch will be the Sony RX100 which isn't a bad third-string fallback if desperate.

I will test it with my lenses to make sure there isn't any focus adjust required. That sounds like the main limiting factor on the camera. I'm used to a brick camera with good low iso, having used Sony a700 and a850. Feel like I know what I'm getting into. Heck the 40D might be preferable to the 6D for some outdoor action shooting...
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Re: 40D with grip for $300, or something else?
« Reply #21 on: February 06, 2014, 10:48:19 AM »
I have a 40D then bought a 7D thought the 40Ds images were better (was pretty disappointed tbh) so sold the 7D and bought a 5DMKIII that is like a true full frame upgrade to the 40D IMO. Also what I was waiting for from FF.

The 40D is still a great camera but if your used to a full frame sensor then I think you will be underwhelled. Its a brilliant camera for what it does and the files are brilliant up to 800ISO. Still use it as a backup, but now only as a last resort compared to the 5DMKIII.

I have mine coupled with a 17-55mm and its a brilliant combo the images are so sharp. Held onto the 17-55mm specifically for that reason and also if Canon get their act together and produce a high performing APC sensor like the old days with the 40D.

The two main downfalls I would say are the screen res it really is very difficult to see if the images are sharp when used to the newer screens and as said no AFMA but its not deal breaker you just have to test lenses before you buy them to make sure they are suited.

People always say go for the 50D but its the same tech but the sensor is bumped up in resolution by a 1/3!! Which makes very noisy images compared to the 40 and high ISO is worse. But it has AFMA and a higher res screen.

The 5DC would be a good choice but it is an archaic camera now, so so slow, awful screen no AFMA. But the images are stunning.
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Re: 40D with grip for $300, or something else?
« Reply #21 on: February 06, 2014, 10:48:19 AM »

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Re: I can get it for $200 without grip/L-plate
« Reply #22 on: February 06, 2014, 11:03:14 AM »
I just don't want to risk standing there looking stupid if the 6D does something unexpected.

The 6d doesn't use the same cards or batteries (afaik) as the 40d, but still, I'm definitely keeping my 60d around for backup because electronics simply tend to fails and ... well ... things break. Using a crop camera is also fine for macro (longer working distance). For that price, it sounds like a solid deal, I guess the 50d and esp. 60d bodies are still much more expensive if in good condition.

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Re: 40D with grip for $300, or something else?
« Reply #23 on: February 06, 2014, 01:31:20 PM »
Yeah, I'm really needing nothing other than "backup in crisis" or "here kids, learn to take photos and if you drop it, probably ok with it"... Sounds like the 40D is perfect. I'm thinking... I'm going back to my Sony a700 sort of, so no worries about being overshadowed by 6D.
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Re: 40D with grip for $300, or something else?
« Reply #24 on: February 06, 2014, 02:46:57 PM »
Upon buying my 6D and 300 2.8 I got all worked up about the IQ and sent it to Canon.  Then I bought a 40D for $200 and used my 24-70 4 for a couple months.  Very glad I did, and then I gave it and the 70-300 non-L to my daughter and it's serving her very well (she had an EOS film and a 17-40 already).  I liked the 40D and if I wasn't looking at a 6D 2nd camera upgrade soon, I'd grab another 40D in a blink.

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Re: 40D with grip for $300, or something else?
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