Canon 20D

Discussion in 'Photography Forums' started by Robbie34, Mar 13, 2006.

  1. Robbie34

    Robbie34
    Active Member

    Joined:
    Jul 6, 2003
    Messages:
    332
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    1
    Trophy Points:
    21
    Location:
    Merseyside
    Ratings:
    +11
    I'm thinking of buying a digital SLR. I have a Canon EOS film camera with the standard lens 28 -90mm 1.4:5.6 that came with it, and a 70 - 300mm USM lens that I purchased separately.

    After reading the various comments I've decided on the 20D rather than the 350 because of the size. The 350D seems to be a tad small to handle.

    Do you think there will be any offers on the 20D, or should I go for the 30D? From all accounts the 30D doesn't seem to warrant the extra cost.

    Can anyone recommend a dealer?
     
  2. stevegreen

    stevegreen
    Well-known Member

    Joined:
    May 14, 2001
    Messages:
    8,746
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    136
    Location:
    in my Hymer
    Ratings:
    +921
    The has not been the glut of offers that people were maybe expecting on the 20D since the release/announcement of the 30D and I am a little disappointed myself as this was a route that I was thinking of taking. The 20D seems to be going for around the £750 mark if you check on Pricerunner so it kind of depends if you think the extra for the 30D is worthwhile.
     
  3. md644

    md644
    Active Member

    Joined:
    Mar 2, 2006
    Messages:
    185
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    28
    Location:
    Hull
    Ratings:
    +24
    Over the 20D, the 30D basically gives true spot metering, bigger buffer size (more continuous shots capability), plus a bigger rear LCD, RGB histograms, and a few other tweaks. Possibly lower high ISO noise performance. Not the leap the 20D was over the 10D for example.

    Bear in mind the 20D is getting towards half the price it was when launched. Further price offers may kick in once dealer stocks are running low, and the 30D is fully available, but it's still one heck of a camera for the money.

    Don't forget your budget also has to cover memory cards, possibly a wide angle lens (on a 20D/30D your 28-90 effectively becomes a 42-135mm lens, if I got my maths right that is), some sort of backup device possibly, photo editing software. The money "saved" by going for a 20D would cover most if not all of that pretty well.
     
  4. Johndm

    Johndm
    Active Member

    Joined:
    Jan 25, 2003
    Messages:
    1,832
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    51
    Location:
    Bedford UK
    Ratings:
    +67
    20D is a much nicer bit of kit than the 350D....:smashin:

    I'm hoping my 300D will break soon (16,000 shutter actuations) as an excuse to get one myself.....
    That 350 is just too damm small...:rotfl:
     
  5. Robbie34

    Robbie34
    Active Member

    Joined:
    Jul 6, 2003
    Messages:
    332
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    1
    Trophy Points:
    21
    Location:
    Merseyside
    Ratings:
    +11
  6. condyk

    condyk
    Active Member

    Joined:
    Jul 12, 2003
    Messages:
    438
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    21
    Location:
    Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham
    Ratings:
    +7
    20D is a very good camera but unless you save a few hundred quid then I'd wait for the 30D. Usability looks improved and spot metering and better tunes Af system seem worth it if you have the glass to justify the cost.

    The 350D will take images just as good as either AFAIC and is a great buy, but I agree with John about its size. Get the battery grip with it and a Canon hand strap. It then handles really well and still fits in a coat pocket ... very handy :cool: Of course, you then get much closer to the price of a 20D which I think is Ok without a grip and you get the better build and better AF system with 2.8 or better lenses!
     
  7. Mark Grant

    Mark Grant
    Active Member

    Joined:
    Oct 27, 2000
    Messages:
    1,368
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    63
    Location:
    East Yorkshire, England
    Ratings:
    +171
    I would wait a few weeks unless you get a bargain 20D, as 30D pricing might be better than people think.

    This site http://rgb-tech.co.uk/shop/ is taking pre-orders at £830 :)


    Mark.
     
  8. condyk

    condyk
    Active Member

    Joined:
    Jul 12, 2003
    Messages:
    438
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    21
    Location:
    Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham
    Ratings:
    +7
    Fingers crossed ... but I pre-ordered a 24-105mm IS L at £499: still waiting ;) The only time to judge price is when there is stock unless a retailer is prepared to guarentee a price.
     
  9. Mark Grant

    Mark Grant
    Active Member

    Joined:
    Oct 27, 2000
    Messages:
    1,368
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    63
    Location:
    East Yorkshire, England
    Ratings:
    +171
    I was lucky and bought that lens for £639 from Jacobs at the NEC 'focus on imaging' a couple of weeks ago :thumbsup:

    Yes maybe a bit optimistic at £830 for a 30D :) time will tell though.

    I would guess a £900+ approx street price fairly soon.


    Mark.
     
  10. Robbie34

    Robbie34
    Active Member

    Joined:
    Jul 6, 2003
    Messages:
    332
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    1
    Trophy Points:
    21
    Location:
    Merseyside
    Ratings:
    +11
  11. richard plumb

    richard plumb
    Well-known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 27, 2002
    Messages:
    14,524
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    133
    Location:
    Windsor
    Ratings:
    +1,054

    got a link? Its £679 on there now
     
  12. Mark Grant

    Mark Grant
    Active Member

    Joined:
    Oct 27, 2000
    Messages:
    1,368
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    63
    Location:
    East Yorkshire, England
    Ratings:
    +171
  13. Robbie34

    Robbie34
    Active Member

    Joined:
    Jul 6, 2003
    Messages:
    332
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    1
    Trophy Points:
    21
    Location:
    Merseyside
    Ratings:
    +11
    'Phoned Jacobs but they only have "B" stock in. Woman who spoke to me said I wouldn't be able to get a new 20 D as they were now discontinued.

    I don't like their way of pricing goods on their site with the price less VAT highlighted.
     
  14. JonathanKnight

    JonathanKnight
    Standard Member

    Joined:
    Jan 7, 2003
    Messages:
    74
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    6
    Location:
    West Yorkshire, England
    Ratings:
    +0
    I got a 20D for 800 in a local shop about a week or so ago as I would rather get something like that from a real shop. The guy I spoke to said that he thought it would take a few months to clear the backlog of initial orders for 30D so if I had not pre-ordered one then forget about it. OK, he may have been spinning a line to sell the 20D but having read posts on other forums from masses of people chomping at the bit to get a 30D it doubt he was. Personally I would rather save a bit on a 20D and put it into my lense fund.
     
  15. Robbie34

    Robbie34
    Active Member

    Joined:
    Jul 6, 2003
    Messages:
    332
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    1
    Trophy Points:
    21
    Location:
    Merseyside
    Ratings:
    +11
    Seems as if the 20D is sold out at most of the outlets. Not sure what I should do now. Wait for 30D, or go and try the 350D and see how it feels.
     
  16. Zone

    Zone
    Moderator

    Joined:
    Jun 24, 2001
    Messages:
    6,851
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    166
    Location:
    Barnsley
    Ratings:
    +2,632
  17. Robbie34

    Robbie34
    Active Member

    Joined:
    Jul 6, 2003
    Messages:
    332
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    1
    Trophy Points:
    21
    Location:
    Merseyside
    Ratings:
    +11
    Thanks. I'll 'phone them tomorrow.
     

Share This Page

Loading...