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Is there that big of a difference in the Canon 30d & 40d?

by elovell / December 16, 2007 4:54 AM PST

I'm trying to decide between the 30d & 40d. I know that there is a MP difference & the vibrating cleaner, but I'm wondering if that will make much of a difference to an amateur like me. There is a $370 difference & I'm wondering if that would be better spent in lenses or the camera. I will probably just put on one long zoom lens & use it as a point & shoot camera. I will be photographing car races & basketball & baseball games. Also, I currently have a 75-300mm lens on my 35mm & would like some recommendations on something similar for this camera.

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Yes, there is a big difference.
by Kiddpeat / December 16, 2007 7:23 AM PST

However, if you will be using the camera as a P&S, you are unlikely to see the differences.

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by snapshot2 Forum moderator / December 16, 2007 7:39 AM PST
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Yes.. there's a bit difference between the 2 camera.
by jump1127 / December 16, 2007 2:01 PM PST

The most significant difference is te 14bit color depth. I'd say that the color look much nicer than its predecessors though not noticable on the 4"x6" printout scale. The noise level when shooting at dim light also somewhat has been improved. So is the camera's color tone. The other features, such as 3" screen, integrate cleaning system, live view, larger viewfinders, and faster continuous shooting, are good to have, but not necessary. So far, I really compare the camera against my old 5D; my 40D served my application nicely in many aspects. Only the wide angle aspect, the camera doesn't satisfy me.

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by hjfok / December 17, 2007 12:41 PM PST

If you are planning on using a low quality ultra zoom lens with 18-250mm and do not plan to change lens most of the time, then there is no real reason to get the 40D. For one, you won't really need the anti-dust feature. And using a slow lens on a fast camera body does not match the performance either. The distortions of these ultra zooms will negate the increased bit depth advantage of the 40D. With a small aperture lens, there is not much details you can see in shadows in low light anyways.
But if you want to maximize performance with a 1.6x crop factor D-SLR, then Canon 40D will match very well with the EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS (fastest mid range tele zoom) and the EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS (general purpose lens). The EF 70-200mm f/4L is a good solid mid range tele lens (better than the 70-300mm lens, but still not a real low light lens).
If you want to stick with the PS plan, Sigma and Tamron both have ultra zoom lens with image stabilization.

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