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February 22, 2006

Curse you, 20D.

Today while at Best Buy looking for something completely unrelated, I took the opportunity to pick up their display model Canon 20D DSLR.

I've had my Digital Rebel since late 2004, and never been of the opinion that it felt cheap and plastic. It's not indestructible, but it's always felt sufficiently sturdy and massive in my hands.

Or at least, it had until today. Once you pick up that big beefy magnesium alloy body... Oh holy mother of camera gear. How am I surviving with my undeniably plastic 300D? That's just... yum. Impressive camera. I picked one up at CompUSA this weekend too, but didn't get any impression of its sturdiness as I put it right back down: like everything else that's on display at CompUSA's PDA and camera kiosk, it didn't have power so there was no toying with the interface.

There are only three things keeping me from trading up to buy a 20D: the 30D was just announced, the rear command dial seems to be way too stiff when new, and the mirror slap could wake the dead.

Poor Digital Rebel. I feel like I'm cheating on you with a cheap whore.

Posted by Colin at February 22, 2006 9:45 PM

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:) I've got a 300D too (Rebel), my g.f. has the 20D.
What can I say? I use both, but truly, for a professional, slow paced work like a wedding ceremony, a theatre play, I prefer...
I know it's stupid, but I like it QUIET.
And I DO love the fact I can hand-hold almost one stop slower shutter speed on 300D due to mirror slap alone.
I don't see that much of improvement from 300D to 20D noise level to really consider upgrade. My next camera will be the 5D - 35mm Film frame size being the reason...

Posted by: Marek Lewandowski at February 23, 2006 2:33 AM

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