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06-23-2008, 12:05 AM

I just bought it from a friend who loves her Nikon and didn't like her Canon. My previous body was the Canon XTi. The 30D is substantially bigger, making the XTi look tiny. It completely changed my perspective of 'big camera'.

Some of the first things i've noted:

1) The size makes the feel so much different. It is heavier but I can fit my entire hand around the grip. With the XTi, I would have my pinky supporting the bottom.

2) The back wheel is awesome, it makes browsing the menus and pictures a lot easier and quicker.

3) Aperture is now controlled by the back wheel, instead of holding the AV button and moving the top wheel.

4) The top screen is pretty cool. It took a few minutes to stop looking at the LCD for exposure information. I figure this will help battery life.

5) The power switch was confusing. I started shooting with the 30D before reading any manual. I switched it to the ON position and then tried to shoot. I couldn't figure out how to change the EV in AV mode, and I couldn't figure out how to change the aperture in manual mode. I thought the little toggle on the back changed it, and since it didn't do anything, I thought the camera was broken. A friend who has used it before showed me that I needed to choose the other selection on the power switch.

6) As I said before, going through pictures is a lot easier. But the one thing that made me really happy was the way it managed the zoom when viewing pictures. I was taking pictures at a drift event, and only having a 70mm made me need to zoom in to check focus. With the XTi, I would have to zoom out before going to the next picture. With the 30D, I can keep it zoomed in and cycle through the pictures. Awesome.

Some comparison pictures.





The bag I was currently using doesn't fit the 30D too well. Before I had just enough room for the XTi with 17-70, 430ex flash, and 50mm 1.8. I can fit the 30d in there, but it is on the very top of the compartment.

Any suggestions for a new bag? I would like to keep it a shoulder bag. Need it to fit the 30D, Sigma 17-70, 50mm 1.8, 430ex, Filters, batteries and charger, and CF reader and some cards. and the canon 10-22. Don't have the UWA yet, but I hopefully will soon.

06-23-2008, 12:07 AM
awesome! :domo:

and WOW, that thing DWARFS the xti

06-23-2008, 12:22 AM
Yeah, and the 40D and 5D are even bigger! And the d200/d300 are heavier/bigger still!

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06-23-2008, 12:35 AM
I've read a lot about how small the Rebels are in comparison to other bodies but I haven't seen anything until now

06-23-2008, 07:14 AM
physical size, and control/menu layout, were the primary factors for me going with a used 20d over a new xt.

06-23-2008, 07:32 AM
grats on the camera!

06-23-2008, 07:12 PM
I recently switched from a XTi to a 40D. I love the 40D, but it is taking some time to get used to it.

I also have to get a new bag, my XTi bag is way too small.

The 40D is noticebly heavier than the XTi and I was afraid that it would be too big for my hands. It is very comfortable for my girly hands though.