Just to clarify this thread I created it so that 40D owners can jot down first impressions. I may for the future pull something together from my own experiences and post that in the User Reviews
forum but after Gordon's 40D Review
there isn't much to add!
Anyway, rather than stay in and read the manual I took the new baby out for a test drive this afternoon. Coming from the 400D/XTi I was unprepared for just how useful that top LCD display is together with the two control wheels. It is really quick to change ISO, shutter speed, f-number and shooting modes: something I rarely did with my 400D. Of course, this won't be news to EOS 30D or Nikon D80 owners.
Here are some early photos. Rather than provide 100% crops I have produced some thumbnails which you can click if you want to see the originals. Except for the "Lake" the originals have themselves been cropped but even so, be warned that the underlying files are between 3 and 7MB in size. The JPEGs were produced by Canon's DPP software from the RAW originals with no extra post-processing. All four shots were with my EF 24-105L IS USM lens.
The first two were shots 2 and 4 of a sequence of seven shots taken in high speed (6.5 fps) continuous shooting mode with AI Servo AF enabled. ISO 200 with Highlight Tone Priority enabled was used for all four shots: the EXIF data is intact if you need more. I am really pleased with the way the AF tracked Kestrel as he ran towards the camera. By the way, no matter how hard he flaps his ears he never quite manages to take off!
EDIT: The background hedgerow is full
of hawthorn berries and quite rosy crab apples - it ain't noise!
The third shot is of my older dog Kari - well, I couldn't leave him out could I? I'll justify his inclusion by suggesting that the out of focus background gives an opportunity to examine any picture noise.
The last shot is of one of my local lakes. I haven't cropped this one as I thought it would give the pixel peepers the best opportunity to ply their trade. I stopped down to f/20 which, looking at the colour fringing on some of the twigs at the top left might have been a stop too far (sic).
Disappointingly, I have noticed that there are already a few dust spots. Once I got home I got my puffer out so hopefully...
I have no pretensions to being a good photographer so no flames about composition please. I simply offer these images to allow potential buyers of the 40D a little more information.
P.S. I don't
use my dog's names in any passwords.
P.P.S. They are Hamiltonstövare