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Review: Canon EOS 40D DSLR Camera

This was my father’s day gift this year from my wife and kids. I have been using it for only the last day or so, and here are some quick impressions.

The kit is EF 28-135 IS USM, and contains:

  • The EOS 40D body, with eyecup, body cup and installed battery for the data/time clock.
  • Lens: EF 28-135mm 1:3.5-5.6 IS
  • Battery pack: BP-511A and charger
  • Interface and Video cables, and strap

The kit does not come with a CompactFlash Card, and so I got the SanDisk Extreme-III 4GB card from BestBuy for about $52 (sale price).

This is my first DSLR, and so it will be a while before I discover and try all the features (which I will be writing about). I have been using the EOS Rebel K2 Film SLR for a couple of years and have been quite happy with it. So, it did not take me very long to start taking pictures with the 40D using the basic modes. I have so far tried a few indoor and outdoor shoots, with and without flash and the results have been amazing. I wasn’t quite sure if my Sigma Quantaray 70-300mm telephoto lens that I was using with the Rebel K2 would work with the 40D, and to my delight it works perfectly. Today was a bright and sunny day, and I went to the Shoreline park and took some pictures with the Sigma telephoto lens on the 40D, and the results are as good as I got with the Rebel K2. The sports mode in 40D also works quite impressively. I tested it while taking pictures of kids playing “catch” with a tennis ball.

The preview mode is a new feature introduced by Canon last year and it works nicely on the 40D, although I prefer to use the viewfinder when I take pictures with an SLR.

(to be continued)

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