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My old canon10D has served me well but its about time I thought of replacing it. I have been looking at the available options and was quite taken with the spec of the cannon 450D. The other option being the 40D. From what I've read the 450D seems a little on the flimsey construction side, and very small in the hand, the 40D appears to be more in the 10D mould I.E. built like the proverbial brick out house and capable of more robust use in a pair of fairly large hands. I dont think that the extra 2 MP which the 450D offers over the 40Ds MP would be a great issue as I dont print beyond A3. The more I look the more confused one gets. The main function of the camera would be for street photography, travel photography, and general family functions. I have a 12MP canon G9 and the increase in MP over the 10Ds 6MP has convinced me its time to upgrade. Opinions from 450D and 40D users would be appreciated.
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If you get the 40D you can use the batteries from your 10D.....
I'm still waiting to receive my 450D from 7Dayshop.
I've also been told the same things about the 450D. But so what? The 450D will be my first digi camera, so I'm very much looking forward to it.
I'd say, for the purposes you'll be using the camera for, why spend more?
So the 450D is supposed to be flimsy and small in the hand! Does that really matter? Not in my opinion! Is this camera for taking pictures with or for playing rugby? Yes, I may be sarcastic, but I feel it's more important for the photographer to use the camera as best as he or she possibly can.
Don't forget, I doubt very much that a company with Canon's stature, would be prepared to release a camera that is bullshit.
As long as the 450D gives me images equal to the images I get from my EOS 3, I shall be extremely happy.
I use a 40D and it’s a great camera, image quality with good lenses is excellent, also uses Compact flash memory where the 450D uses SD I think, so going the 450D route would also require new memory.
The 40D as you suspect is more like the 10D in terms of build quality and durability, the 10.1 MP is more than sufficient for most people/uses.
Not used a 450D or 400D for that matter, so cant make any like for like comparison, the 10D and 40D are however worlds apart in terms of performance and resolution, the 40D has an upgraded AF, especially useful for f2.8 lenses, not sure if the 450D has the same AF system.
Is it worth the extra £150? The big question. In my opinion yes, especially if you have bigger hands and want a camera similar in build to your 10D
I've got the 40D & had the 30D. Previously had the 350D. I love the handling of the 30D & 40D, no comparison. I found that the 350D irritated me, especially over longer photo sessions and it made my fingers ache! (I'm an average size female). So for comfort and build quality as well as performance, I believe it's worth the extra.
PS. I use a 28mm canon prime mostly, great for street photography.
Thanks one and all for your input. The main theme appears to be leaning toward the 40D for build quality, and comfort in use. I do not upgrade often as you will have detected by my current leap from a 10D, which ever I buy I will expect it to be in use for a number of years hence the long look at build quality.I have spent some time building up a collection of good lenses, and I feel that the 10D is not capable of using to their full potential.
My vote is for the 40d
Bought a 40D as backup and they are superb for the cash.
My advice is if you've set out your stall on that area is get a used 30D, and buy some glass. Just a thought.
I own a 40D, not tried the 450D (is it out yet?) but I would suspect there is little to choose in image quality, except that by design the 40D may have a bit better high ISO performance (bigger micro lenses).
The big difference will be in handling. I moved up from a 300D and found the 400D to be too small. Also the 40D will feel very fast responding after the 10D.
On the what you get, the 40D has a lot longer shutter life as well as the different construction of the body. as someone who is not upgrading every couple of years that could be important.
No doubt the 450D will be good, but I would still pick the 40D for the handling and life issues alone.
Strawman tipped the scales for me with the handling and longevity of shutter life comment.
My order is winging its way at this ungodly hour.
Thought you might find THIS of interest.
40D is definitely a wiser choice for shutter life, body build quality, and cost-efficiency. The 40D is not that much more expensive than a 450D.
One other thing you'll have to weigh as well is its use. If you'll be using it as a walk-around SLR, just save yourself a few quid and get a 450D. If you want a semi-pro SLR, you have to follow your ehart and get a 40D!
Quote: My order is winging its way at this ungodly hour...
Hong Kong? ;D
p.s. think you'll have a great time with the 40d
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