That’s how my sister-in-law describes her Canon EOS 40D. The mid-range digital SLR camera is pricey, but once you’ve shot with it you might have a hard time going back to your standard pocket camera.
Let’s get the price out of the way first. The body of the camera sells for $1,250, but you can save money by purchasing the EOS 40D kit, which includes the body and the 28-135 lens for $1,500. The EOS 40D is similar to most mid-range and high-end digital SLRs, in that it comes with several interchangeable parts, including lens sizes and other small add-ons. The 28-135 lens that comes with the kit is ideal for amateur photographers who don’t have the cash to purchase an arsenal of lenses, but want options when it comes to focal lengths.
My sister-in-law is not a professional photographer. Like me she has an interest in photography and now that she is a mom she has morphed into a snap happy parent and has more time to experiment with lenses and add-ons. The EOS 40D is marketed as a camera for experienced amateur photographers or pros who wants an everyday camera. I would say that is a fair claim, but I would stress that if you fall into the “experienced amateur” category be prepared to allot a good amount of time to discovering and experimenting with all the camera has to offer.
You’ll need the time because the 10.1 megapixel camera can be fully customized to fit your shooting habits. Though, if you don’t have the time or interest in customizing your settings you have the option of using the camera’s automatic functions. The EOS 40D also has an auto ISO feature, which adjusts the film speed to what best suits your shooting condition. Along with the 15 shooting modes this Canon has a fast 6.5-frame-per-second continuous shooting option—-heralded as the fastest in its class of mid range SLRs. If your child is a soccer star this feature comes in handy when you are trying to capture his fancy footwork. In addition, the EOS 40D has a large three-inch LCD viewing screen, which is great for editing and for showing off your pics to family and friends. The camera also features a handy rubberized grip, which is necessary in my opinion because this is not a lightweight pocket-sized device-—it’s heavier than it looks.
One feature that doesn’t get a ton of publicity with the EOS 40D is its internal cleaning system. I love that the camera has the ability to reduce sensor dust and prevent dust that builds up from static cling. Which means no more annoying dust shadows that are common with digital SLRs.
Finally, despite all its wonderful attributes my sister-in-law will tell you that the EOS 40D does have one flaw that truly frustrates her—-a short battery life. The battery doesn’t last long if you have a habit of viewing your shots through the LCD screen rather than the viewfinder, but I find that’s true of all digital cameras that offer that function.
Do you own a Canon EOS 40D?