Canon EOS 450D/XSI vs EOS 40D. pls help me making up my mind!

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  1. Hobbes

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    Well I am planning on buying my first DSLR within a couple of months so I thought I better start checking out which camera suits my needs and after reading some reviews on DPreview and some limited real life experience with Canon DSLR I have decided for either Canon EOS 450D/XSI or Canon EOS 40D. I know 40D costs a bit more but has better viewfinder, autofocus and more solid outer body. What I really want to know is what it is like using either of them in the real life. From what I have heard 40D weighs quite a bit more than 450D (1.6lb vs 1.0lb) but is it that huge of difference in the real life too? and what is it like holding either of them in your hands? anyway I just need some advice from those of you who have or had both of the cameras or real life experiences using them. oh and I will probably use the new camera for landscape and animal and wildlife photography most of the time. Any comments or advice would be appreciated ;)
     
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    if your thinking about getting serious with photography the 40D is a much better camera

    the xsi is better if you want to take much better photographs but still want a small light camera to carry around

    but if the weight and size isnt an issue and u can afford it defiantely go for the 40D
     
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    I do travel quite a lot and I am planning on travel even more in the future so I want a camera that is not too heavy but at the same time also take high quality photos and is solid built but is 40D that much bigger than XSI? well what I really like about 40D is its viewfinder which has a magnification of 0.95x compared to only 0.87x on XSI and of course the metal outerbody of the 40D.. well lol I may will have to wait a month longer if I decide to buy 40D because of the higher price but it's not a problem for me :D
     
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    theres a 40d next to a 400d, (XTi which is very similar in size and shape to XSi)

    if you travel alot although the 40d is bigger its much stronger so it might be a good thing on a damage side of it id go with the 40d
     
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    holy crap! that's a huge size difference! hmm well I am not really into wildlife photography and I will try my best to avoid visiting "troubled" places and countries... so is a magnesium outerbody that much better than plastic? and thanks so much for the replies and the pic of both cameras so now I have an idea of the difference in size :thumbup: :wink:
     
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    The 40D body is much more comfortable in my hands, the extra weight is actually a good thing IMO.
     
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    agreed with ryan the extra weight helps me steady my hands and the bigger grip lets me spread out my hand over the control and causes less shake when using the controls

    the wheel (40d) is also alot easier to use than the buttons (rebels) in my opinion
     
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    Goto Circuit City and play with both of them, then decide. I started with a rebel XT and moved up to a 40D, I wouldn't have done it any other way, except I might have gone from the XT to a 5D...
     
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    thanks for the replies everyone!
    It seems that 40D is preferred by most people here so I guess it will be the first DSLR
    I will buy ^^ well there is no Circuit City where I live now but I will check out a few nearby camera stores so hopefully they will have demo-products that I will be able to hold and test. I checked out an online store earlier and saw them selling a 40D with 17-85 mm f/4-5.6 IS USM lens for 1500 CAD and they also have a XSI/450D kit with the same lens for almost the same price which is really weird...
    so what I am kinda wondering is if this 17-85 mm f/4-5.6 IS USM lens is any good? and which kit lens should I get IF I decide to buy EOS 40D
     
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    The best kit lens for 40D is the 28-135 IS, IMO. It's a great walk around lens, i like it alot until i replaced it with the 24-70.
     
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    I would probably trade my 28-135mm for the 17-85mm if I hadn't already bought the 10-22mm. I tend to shoot on the wide side of all my lenses.
     
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    I think in the long run you would be pleased with the 40D. My reasoning for this, not in order of importance but just good solid reasons

    1 The build quality is better and will take more of a beating if you travel and / or want to take it into some rugged spots ( these could be urban as well as rural / the wilds.

    2 If you would have been happy with the xsi then rest asured you probably will not out grow the 40D very soon, if ever.

    3 Weight ! ... Chances are some of (if not most) your lenses will weigh more than the camera, most of mine do.;) So a half a pound is not going to matter much.

    4 The 40D allows more creative control if you should evolve as a photographer. If not the basic modes still use the advantages of the 40D.
    Such as the DIGIC III chip ( The X xsi may have this chip too but I am uncertain as I write this so don't jump on me if it is so:blushing:

    5 The layout of the 40D's controls is very well done unless you have very petite hands. If so then by all means go for the xsi.
     

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