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350D to 30D. Is it worth upgrading ?

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    steve_p  91098 forum posts England
    17 Jun 2006 - 7:27 AM

    Afternoon all,
    I currently have a Canon 350d, which I am quite happy with. However I feel that I could do with a larger camera which would be more comfortable to hold.
    Would it be a worthwhile improvement specification wise to go for a 30D or just buy a battery grip for my 350d.
    Any opinions welcome- I dont want to go down the Nikon route !!- I have a couple of lenses for my Canon, and I don't wear sandals !!! I had better duck we don't want two wars on this subject.


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    17 Jun 2006 - 7:41 AM

    If your happy with the camera and it does what you want it to do... then buy the battery grip for the 350D... don't fix what aint broke!

    17 Jun 2006 - 10:36 AM

    There is a popular fallacy that the more expensive the camera to better the results. Yes the more expensive camera if properly handled probably will result in better results when the process is pushed towards the extremes.
    But when working within moderate requirements the entry level camera will give you good results.

    The question[s] is ... does the 30D have features that the 350D doesn't have ... and then ... do I really need them for the kind of photography I do, or want to do.

    bmh1 e2 Member 8571 forum postsbmh1 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
    17 Jun 2006 - 11:53 AM

    Unfortunatly most of us have a limited supply of money, you'll need to weigh up the costs of upgrading to the 30D against your other options for photographic improvement (or what you can't now buy because you spent your money on the 30D) such as:
    * More lenses (eg. macro, telephoto, stabilised)
    * Other equipement (tripods, lights, studio, battery grips etc.)
    * Going on a photographic course.
    * Going away for a weekend somewhere scenic to take photos.
    * Buying ~40 bottles of wine and forgetting about photography!

    When I was looking for a DLSR I had trouble deciding whether the 20D was worth the extra money over the 350D, but in the end, with my budget, the choice boiled down to 350D+nice lens or 20D+cheap lens, I think the 350D was the better choice for me.


    Tony_M  10342 forum posts England
    17 Jun 2006 - 12:52 PM

    I have a 350D, and almost always have the grip on it. The increased size does make it easier and more comfortable to hold, especially with larger lenses, and the vertical shutter release is very helpful too. You can also use two batteries rather than one, so you can keep going longer as well.

    If the rest of the camera does what you want it to, then there's no need to buy the bigger camera just yet.

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