Canon EOS 40D - Digital SLR Photography by wpr1947

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        Canon EOS 40D
        Handling & ease of use As you'd expect of a mid-range                  feaTuRes Canon has brought its mid-range DSLR offering
            Handling & is built to a very While Fujifilm It's larger,
        DSLR, the EOS 40Dease of usehigh standard.is not able to               up to date controls with this camera. There are 40D a
                                                                             about fiddlyin terms of megapixels, with the EOS quiteboasting
        heavier and more solid than the EOS 400D, which isPro is
            confirm it, there is little doubt that the FinePix S5 a clear      a 10.1-million pixel resolution. mainly on the top-plate
                                                                             number of buttons to be found,This is important, as the and
        indication of theintentions for Which, anyone who has handled
            based on its Nikon D200. more serious usage. The large,            8.2-megapixels on offer on the EOS 30D was, clear enough,
                                                                             the camera’s rear and while their functions are for quite a while,
        rubberised handgrip provides a very secure hold and you'll a
            the D200 will verify, is a good thing. The S5 Pro feels like       lower than all marked, so pros looking to work quickly wont
                                                                             the level of wellits rivals. In fact, many will feel that the EOS 40D
        discover that controls are neatly – something its predecessors
            camera made for serious use arranged, clearly-marked and           should perhaps have raised the bar by this camera. 13-million
                                                                             have to worry about fiddly controls with offering 12 orThere
        well-sized. Themanage. that the general handling is excellent
            didn’t really result is The body is quite large and feels very     pixels (something of buttons to be found, mainly on the
                                                                             are quite a number Nikon has achieved with the D300). The
            substantial, with the rubberised handgrip really assisting its
        and finding your way around the various controls and settings          debate and the camera’s rear and while their pixels will
                                                                             top-platewill continue as to whether these extra functions are
            handling and allowing for one-handed use. All the buttons
        of the EOS 40D is fairly intuitive. You'll discover that the         clear enough, the level of customisation and adjustments the a
                                                                               deliver a noticeable jump in quality, but as any salesperson in
        majority of buttons large and well marked, so pros looking to
            and controls are are found on the top-plate, or surrounding        photo allows, as well as its range of features, means that it
                                                                             camerastore will admit, the number of megapixels remains the
            work quickly wont have to worry about fiddly controls with
        the 3in LCD monitor on the rear. The viewfinder is a decent            biggest selling to learn any digital properly.
                                                                             will take a while point of everythingcamera. That’s not a
        size and provides a bright, clearadisplay, with exposure be
            this camera. There are quite number of buttons to                complaint about the camera, it’s just that with so much on EOS
                                                                                  The EOS 40D sees a number of enhancements over the
        information displayed along the base. the camera’s rear and
            found, mainly on the top-plate and The on-screen menu              30D – see the panel on this page for a book the main
                                                                             offer, you’ll need to keep the instruction list of (which,
            while their functions are clear enough, the level of well
        system is comprehensive and nicely laid out, allowing for fast       incidentally is comprehensive) with you until you’ve worked
                                                                               improvements. It is a very well-specified SLR, offering an array
        navigation using the top inputwork quickly wont have toWhile
            marked, so pros looking to dial and rear control dial. worry       of how to find and select the S5’s many all levels,
                                                                             out features suitable for photographers offacilities. from
        its feature-packed specification means it's probably a little         beginner to semi-professional. The main dial offers a full range
        daunting as a first DSLR for the newcomer, anyone who has             of exposure modes, so the camera can be left to work fully- or
        used a DSLR before, in particular another Canon, will find            semi-automatically, or you can have total manual control.
        themselves quickly at home with the EOS 40D. sCoRe 22/25              There are also three custom modes, allowing you to set up the

                                   “General handling is excellent and finding
                                   your way around the various controls and
      WhAT’S NEW?
What are the main improvements
                                    settings of the EOS 40D is fairly intuitive”
  of the EOS 40D over the 30D?
  10.1-megapixel CMOS sensor;
  Dust removal system; Updated
   menu system; Improved AF
 system incorporating cross-type
     sensors; interchangeable                                                                                        APS-C CMOS SENSOR
focusing screens; 3in LCD; DIGIC                                                                                     The 10.1-megapixel
  III processor; 6.5 frames-per-                                                                                     CMOS sensor measures
         second frame rate                                                                                           22.2x14.8mm and increases
                                                                                                                     the effective focal length of
                                                                                                                     lenses attached to the EOS
                                                                                                                     40D by 1.6x. It provides a
                                                                                                                     maximum image resolution
                                                                                                                     of 3888x2592 pixels.




                                                                                                                     SENSOR CLEANING
                                                                                                                     The Canon's self-cleaning
                                                                                                                     system shakes the sensor
                                                                                                                     every time the camera is
                                                                                                                     switched on. The supplied          The autofocus of the EOS 40D is
                                                                                                                     software also features a             fast and responsive and easily
                                                                                                                     Dust Delete Data function          handled this young child at play.
                                                                                                                     that maps and deletes                      Mode: Aperture-priority.
                                                                                                                     any dust spots.                              Exposure: 1/350sec at
                                                                                                                                                                        f/3.5 (ISO 100).
                                                                                                                                                           Lens: Canon 28-70mm f/2.8.




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      camera's main functions to suit particular ways of working.        check focus, which must be done manually, and used with the
      The exposure system is extremely comprehensive, boasting           supplied Canon software, you're able to control the camera
      35-zone Evaluative, spot (3.8%), Partial (9%) and centre-          remotely from a computer.
      weighted average metering. This is backed up by a number of            As mentioned earlier, the EOS 40D is laden with features, in
      overrides, including AE-Lock, exposure compensation and            particular many that the more advanced photographer will find
      Autoexposure bracketing.                                           useful. These include a depth-of-field preview, a PC socket for
         The autofocus system has seen big improvements over the         synching with studio-flash, Raw+JPEG shooting, a fast
      previous model. While the number of AF sensors hasn't              continuous shooting of 6.5 frames-per-second, flash sync up
      increased in number, all nine AF points now boast cross-type       to 1/250sec, mirror lock-up and 24 Custom Functions.
      sensors, which are far more accurate and responsive than the           It also sports the highlight tone priority mode, which is
      more common type, which helps the AF lock on better in             passed down from the flagship EOS-1DS MkIII. This facility
      low-light and with moving subjects. You can leave all nine         alows you to expand the dynamic range and boost the amount
      points active or select to focus with only an individual sensor,   of highlight detail that is recorded by around 18%.
      have the AF focus-lock or continually track a moving subject,          Other features worth mentioning are the sensor cleaning
      and in low light you can raise the built-in flash to allow the     system, which is activated every time you switch the camera
      strobed AF-assist beam to fire when required.                      on, an ISO range of 100-1600 (plus hi: ISO 3200) and digital
         Another area that has seen major enhancements is the            filters (Canon call it Picture Styles) for adjusting how the EOS
      LCD monitor. As well as being larger at three inches, the menu     records images, for instance in monchrome or with a sepia
      system has been updated to follow the template of the latest       tone. In summary, the enthusiast will find there is very little
      models in the pro EOS-1D series. What's more, the LCD offers       lacking on the EOS 40D. Considering its £900 price tag
      a Live View facility that allows you to compose the scene in       (you'll find it for much less if you check the ads in this issue),
      real-time. This facility allows you to zoom into the image to      its specification is very impressive. sCoRe 23/25


      “The enthusiast will find there is very little
      lacking on the EOS 40D. Considering its £900
      price tag, its specification is very impressive.”                                                           WhAT’S NEW?
                                                                                                           What are the main improvements
                                                                                                             of the EOS 40D over the 30D?
                                                                                                             10.1-megapixel CMOS sensor;
                                                                                                             Dust removal system; Updated
                                                                                                          menu system; Improved AF system
                                                                                                           incorporating cross-type sensors;
                                                                                                          interchangeable focusing screens;
                                                                                                               3in LCD monitor; DIGIC III
                                                                                                              processor; 6.5 frames-per-
                                                                                                                   second frame rate




                                                                                                                 VIEWFINDER SCREEN
                                                                                                                 The viewfinder provides
                                                                                                                 95% frame coverage and
                                                                                                                 offers you the option of
                                                                                                                 changing the screen. The
                                                                                                                 nine AF points are arranged
                                                                                                                 in a diamond formation
                                                                                                                 and cover a wide area of
                                                                                                                 the frame. All use
                                                                                                                 cross-type sensors for
                                                                                                                 improved response and
                                                                                                                 speed, and light up red          The 10.1-megapixel CMOS sensor is
                                                                                                                                                       capable of recording fine detail.
                                                                                                                 when activated. The level of     This shot of a backlit leaf reveals the
                                                                                                                 exposure data along the                       intricacy of its structure.
                                                                                                                 bottom is comprehensive.                      Mode: Aperture-priority.
                                                                                                                                                Exposure: 1/180sec at f/5.6 (ISO 100).
                                                                                                                                                    Lens: Canon 100mm f/2.8 macro.




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       PeRfoRmanCe There is plenty to like and very little to
       criticise on the Canon EOS 40D. I found it to be a very
                                                                           they're not travelling too quickly. The Evaluative meter delivers
                                                                           a consistent set of results and you'll find yourself coming to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Test Verdict
                                                                           trust its performance with ambient and flash exposures. Very                                                                                                      Canon needed the EOS 40D in its range as the 30D was seriously
       enjoyable camera to operate and much of this stems from the
                                                                           bright backdrops and backlit subjects pose it problems (as                                                                                                             showing its age. The two megapixel increase could be seen by
       fact that it is very easy to use. The new layout of buttons works
                                                                           they do with all metering patterns), but unless you're shooting                                                                                                   some as not good enough, especially with the imminent arrival of
       a treat and the large LCD monitor really does enhance the
                                                                           in tricky lighting conditions, you'll be safe leaving the metering                                                                                                         the Nikon D300, but 10.1-million pixels is more than good
       picture-taking experience. using the menu system is fast and
                                                                           in multi-zone. The 10.1-megapixel CMOS sensor deliver images                                                                                                         enough for the needs of the majority of photographers. The fact
       simple and the larger screen makes reviewing/magnifying
                                                                           that exhibit excellent colour reproduction with nicely saturated                                                                                                    is that the EOS 40D offers several major improvements over the
       images a far easier experience.
                                                                           reds, greens and blues and smooth skin tones. Noise is very                                                                                                                    30D that brings it right up to date. What's more, it also
          I also found that the EOS 40D is very fast and quiet in use.
                                                                           well controlled and you can feel confident of shooting at ISOs                                                                                                              outperforms its rivals in several areas. The autofocus and
       It starts up near-instantaneously and the whole picture-taking
                                                                           up to 800 without any major drop in quality. Image sharpness                                                                                                      exposure systems offer depth and a very high performance, while
       process is very slick. The autofocus system is very responsive
                                                                           is very good and with file sizes of 28.8Mb, it's possible to                                                                                                        general handling and build quality are also excellent. Add to this
       whether set to multi- or single-point AF and proves good in
                                                                           produce good quality A3 prints. Overall, it delivers in every                                                                                                      the level of features, the range of lenses and accessories on offer,
       low-light too, even without the aid of the AF illuminator. The
                                                                           major department. sCoRe 23/25                                                                                                                                     its reasonable price tag and its general performance and you can
       continuous AF works well with moving subjects, so long as
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      see this being the camera of choice for many enthusiasts.

       “I found the EOS 40D to be a very enjoyable
       camera to operate and much of this stems
       from the fact that it is very easy to use”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             hANDLING & EASE OF uSE 22/25 FEATuRES 23/25
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               PERFORMANCE 23/25 VALuE FOR MONEY 23/25                                  final sCoRe 91/100
                                                                                                    ADDITIONAL GRIPS                                                                                                                                                Comparison tableofenthusiastDSLRs
                                                                                                    Optional grips are available and offer                                                                                                                          Easy reference guide for the specifications of the Canon EOS 40D’s nearest rivals
                                                                                                    improved handling as well as additional
                                                                                                    controls. The WFT-E3 grip shown here
                                                                                                    allows wireless transmission of images.



                                                                                                    INSTRUCTION MANUAL
                                                                                                    It's worth mentioning that the EOS




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The CD supplied with the EOS
  40D offers four packages:                                                                                                                                                                                                                    SenSor tyPe           SenSor tyPe
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       cMoS               ccd                    SuPer ccd Sr Pro       ccd                        ccd
   EOS Utility, Digital Photo                                                                                                                                                                                                                 reSolution            reSolution
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      10.1                10.2                   12.34                  10.2                       10.2
     Professional (DPP),                                                                                                                                                                                                                      (effective PixelS)    (effective PixelS)
ZoomBrowser EX and Picture
 Style Editor. Of these, it's the                                                                                                                                                                                                             Max. iMaGe            Max. iMaGe
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      3888x2592           3872x2592              4256x2848              3872x2592                  3872x2592
 EOS Utility and DPP that will                                                                                                                                                                                                                reSolution (PixelS)   reSolution (PixelS)
      prove most useful                                                                                                                                                                                                                       focal lenGth          focal lenGth
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1.6x                1.5x                   1.5x                   1.5x                       1.5x
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              increaSe              increaSe
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              nuMber of             nuMber of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      9                   11                     11                     11                         11
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              af PointS             af PointS
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Multi-zone            Multi-zone
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      35                  1005-Pixel             1005-Pixel             16                         16
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              MeterinG zoneS        MeterinG zoneS
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              iSo ratinG            iSo ratinG
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      100-3200            100-3200               100-3200               100-1600                   100-1600
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              SPeed ranGe           Shutter+ bulb
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      30Sec               30Sec + bulb           30Sec + bulb           30Sec + bulb               30Sec + bulb
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              flaSh Sync            SPeed ranGe
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1/250Sec            1/250Sec               1/250Sec               1/180Sec                   1/180Sec
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              continuouS            duSt reduction
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      6.5 fPS             5 fPS                  3 fPS                  3 fPS                      3 fPS
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              fraMe rate            continuouS
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              lcd Monitor           fraMe rate
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      3in                 2.5in                  2.5in                  2.5in                      2.5in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Power Source          lcd Monitor
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      lithiuM-ion         lithiuM-ion            lithiuM-ion            yeS                        yeS
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Size (MM)             lithiuM-ion battery
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      145.5x107.8x73.5    147x113x74             147x113x74             141.5x101x70               141.5x101x70
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              weiGht (GraMS)        Size (MM) (GraMS)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      740                 830                    830                    710                        710




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