40d, first opinion. not good.


cambirder 17 7.2k England
17 Nov 2007 8:12PM
Well I've had a look at both of them, and would say they are just plain out of focus.

Looking at the women in the red coat, the focal point seems to be several yards in front of her.

Tis possible you have a focus problem. Try a couple of daylight test shots comparing one using AF and one MF.
jondf 15 2.8k
17 Nov 2007 8:56PM
Isn't controversy wonderful?
And here's my two penn'orth -
Not sure about the 10-20 lens but Canon's 17-85 is softer than an Andrex bog roll. I dicovered this shortly after obtaining a Canon 50mm f1.4. The difference in image quality was alarming, not least of all 'cos the Jessop's guy told me at point of 17-85 sale that it would be 'all the lens' I'd ever need.
So overcome was I by this statement at the time that an Andrex bog role was needed to stem my tears of gratitude - titter
lobsterboy Plus
17 15.0k 13 United Kingdom
17 Nov 2007 9:16PM

Quote:Canon's 17-85 is softer than an Andrex bog roll.

Mine works fine - have you tried dropping it onto a concrete floor from about 6 feet? That's what I did to mine and it seems pretty sharp to me Wink
jondf 15 2.8k
17 Nov 2007 10:14PM
Your comment infers that a softness issue was evident prior to the invocation of evasive action. I therefore rest my case......on a concrete floor Wink
lobsterboy Plus
17 15.0k 13 United Kingdom
17 Nov 2007 10:29PM
I just figured that yours might not have received the necessary dropping before it left the factory Smile
Draig37 14 252 United Kingdom
17 Nov 2007 10:36PM

Quote:I just figured that yours might not have received the necessary dropping before it left the factory


So, paclefarce need to deliver lenses then - sorted Smile
mini670 17 176 United Kingdom
17 Nov 2007 10:48PM
thanks,

will have to test it real well now i guess.

the photos were AF at centre
jondf 15 2.8k
18 Nov 2007 6:16PM

Quote:lobsterboy wrote: I just figured that yours might not have received the necessary dropping before it left the factory


I mentioned the softness issue when the camera went to Canon for service so I s'pose they'll have organised a 'drop' then....or maybe they d-i-d-n'-t! Maybe they forgot....the sods! Grin
mini670 17 176 United Kingdom
18 Nov 2007 9:52PM
well

i tested it abit today. with the siggy70-300mm apo it managed AF super well. spot on.

tried the 10-20 and i found it just simply to hard to manual focus through that little viewfinder. I tried AF for close shots and did not find much problem. But i have to try it yet at distance.

imo its the lenses AF that is to blame.

tom
strawman 18 22.2k 16 United Kingdom
18 Nov 2007 11:09PM

Quote:tried the 10-20 and i found it just simply to hard to manual focus through that little viewfinder
You should try the earlier Canon crop dSLR's, the viewfinder was smaller.

But the 10-20 is easy to focus, in fact its hard not to focus it because it is such a wide angle.
mini670 17 176 United Kingdom
19 Nov 2007 10:49PM

Quote:

But the 10-20 is easy to focus, in fact its hard not to focus it because it is such a wide angle.




yea this is what is confusing me, i imagined the 10-20 to have enough DOF to account for any slight focus errors.

tried testing the 40d as much as i could at the weekend. Using the siggy 70-300mm at its lowest aperature i took photos of dvd cases stood up against each other. They must be like 12mm thick. AF worked a treat and did not seems to have front or back focus.

testing the 10-20mm was a different story, i simply did not know how to test it accurately.

Looking through some photos taken with the 10-20mm, some have the foreground well in focus and the centre (AF point) slightly out of focus.
Might have to take the 10-20mm back. Will i be able to get another over the counter or will they make me send it back for calibration do you think??
p3asa 15 676 Scotland
21 Nov 2007 5:43AM
Anyone tried the new firmware 1.0.5 that has been released for the 40D?

Steven.
Graywolf 14 1.0k United Kingdom
21 Nov 2007 7:41AM
I have looked on the Canon site and can't find any reference to the 1.0.5 firmware update.

Where is it?
p3asa 15 676 Scotland
21 Nov 2007 8:26AM
Just follow the links from the home page

Steven.
strawman 18 22.2k 16 United Kingdom
21 Nov 2007 10:00AM
I will give it a go after a month. The list of updates looks small, and only the file numbering one would be good to have.

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