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Canon EOS20D Questions

Discussion in 'Photography Forums' started by 1ofaKind, Oct 21, 2004.

  1. 1ofaKind

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    I am looking over the next few weeks to try to get hold of a 20d - 18-55 lens, grip, extra battery and a new CF card as a Christmas pressie.

    Is the availability still poor? If so is it likely to get any better this year. I don't want to buy early otherwise its going to be sitting in a box till Chrimbo :cool:

    What memory card is best suited to this (are all makes the same) - I was looking at 1gb Sandisk Ultra 2.

    I've noticed lots of places seem to have the BP511 battery listed but not the A version. I assume the A version is longer life or higher power as the price difference seems to be huge. If the standard is fine can you use 2 of these in the grip?

    Any recommended places to purchase the full set of bits from? I'd like to get it from one place preferably as I don't want half the bits on Xmas and the rest missing :nono:

    Cheers
     
  2. seany

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    Well i got mine with just the lens from jessops on price match for £1099 about a week ago and its a fantastic camera. The card you're thinking of is good enough.

    I have the BP511 and its amazing how much life it has, there's no need to go any bettter
     
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    Try the grip before you buy. I've rad a lot of people are complaining that it shorts out because of loose contacts.
    I've heard Canon are possibly looking at a redesign of the grip.
     
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    Can anyone give me advice on the best card for the EOS 20D
     
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    http://www.emartbuy.com have 1GB Sandisk Ultra II CF cards at a really good price. Never used them myself though.
     
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    Jesus that is cheap tomo
     
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    I have ordered from Jessops. They tell me that they have 117 on back order with Canon. I telephoned Canon and they couldn't tell me anything about delivery. Jessops best guess is 6 weeks!!. Makes me think about another make
     
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    6 weeks for a canon 20D?
    I was in a shop on Tottenham Court Road last week and they had plenty in stock - you might want to shop around a bit rather than go for a lesser camera. There are some out there.
     
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    What shop was this and what was the price? I'm about to order one form the US for a friend to bring back but if they are available here, I'll check out their prices etc.

    Thanks

    simon
     
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    Unfortunately I am "up north". Anyone seen any in Yorkshire?
     
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    Simon

    Try this for a link. Shows all the shops

    http://www.streetsensation.co.uk/tottcrt/tcr_w1.htm

    Tman
     
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    Take a look here (thanks TMan2) http://www.streetsensation.co.uk/tottcrt/tcr_e4.htm - it was one of the ones to the right of Ask.
    Actually you could also try Ask - they're usually happy to price match.

    I didn't ask about prices i'm afraid - just whether they had them in stock - as I was after a lens. Most places on TCR are up for a bit of haggling tho.
     
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    Hey. Coincidence or what?. Jessops just called to say my 20D has arrived. So not 6 weeks!!!!. :clap:
     
  15. 1ofaKind

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    Hi All,

    I thought Jessops only price matched if the item was in stock or has it changed since I bought my last camera.

    I've been trawling the web for prices and availabilities and it seems prices vary dramatically from 1100 to 1350 for the basic camera + 18-55 lens. Anyone got any recommendations or pointers?

    I've been looking at the memory cards and it seems the specs on the Lexar 80x are better than the Sandisk Ultra 2's. Am I right in thinking that this makes the best sense with a 20D?

    Cheers
     
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    Read this: http://www.robgalbraith.com/bins/multi_page.asp?cid=6007-7303

    There's very little in it in terms of speed between the two - both will do the job admirably. I'd probably buy the Sandisk as they're usually a tad cheaper than Lexar.
     
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    Supply seems hit and miss, i've been waiting almost 8 weeks for a replacement... mines got some hot pixels and underexposes flash by a full 2 stops, otherwise a great camera.

    The later ones should come with the new firmware, 1.05, but worth checking i guess, 1.02 had some trouble with lockups... though i've not experienced this in 2000+ exposures. Used a couple Lexar 1GB throughout with no obvious problems
    I
     
  18. 1ofaKind

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    Hi,

    Has anyone got any feedback or purchased from some of the online retailers I've been browsing through for 20d - ajpurdy, park cameras or ace cameras.

    Cheers
     
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    I updated the firmware to 1.05 on mine with no problem. I bought mine on price match from jessops
     
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    AJ Purdys is where i brought mine back in Sept, and they haven't had stock since selling their initial delivery.
     
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    Hi All - me again ;)

    one last question before I finally pull the trigger - how much better/useful would the 17-85 lense be over the 18-55. I know there is a fairly big price difference but I am better off taking the hit now?

    My father has a couple of larger EF lense's which we can use on the camera anyway.

    Cheers all.
     
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    the 17-85 is an image stabilised lens and so has the advantage of performing well at slow shutter speeds when hand held allowing you to get sharp images that otherwise would have been missed with a regular lens. I've got a 28-135 and the IS performs brilliantly. Not sure how the 17-85 stacks up optically - there should be some indepth user reviews about by now so get reading. It also covers a bigger range than the kit lens - so coupled with summut like a 70-200L or a 75-300 IS you can cover a good range with just a couple of lenses. The IS lenses do drain the battery a lot quicker than normal tho - so invest in a spare (or two)
     
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    I'm avoiding the EF-S mount until it becomes clear where Canon are going with it in the longer term... on moving from film to a 20D i added the 17-40 F4L to cover where my old 24-85 could no longer reach.
     

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