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  1. definitive

    definitive TPF Noob!

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    Alright, So I finally sold my XT to get a 40D. I have done weeks of research, but for some reason I thought that the 40D was full frame. I now know its not. It actually is very similar to the Xt and especially the XSI.

    I ordered the 40D but it hasent shipped yet. I dont know what to do. Why would I get the 40D over the XSI other than the body being stronger??? They both have live view both have 9point AF. The XSI is much lighter as well.

    The XSI is $150 less than the 40d. Guys, please help. I have to decide tonight what I am doing.

    Either help confirm I am making a good decision, or convince me to change my order to the XSI.

    Please help me,
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  2. Dweller

    Dweller Inconspicuous Supporter

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    Based on the side by side comparison at dpreview.com (and keeping in mind I shoot Nikon so have no hands on experience with either) I would go with the Xsi

    http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/com...e&cameras=canon_eos40d,canon_eos450d&show=all

    The 40D has the edge in some things (higher iso, faster shutter, faster continuous shooting mode) but the Xsi is cheaper and has a higher MP (not that MP matters much in the 10-12 range in my opinion).

    Do you shoot a lot of fast action stuff? Racing, sports etc? From what I can see that is where the 40D would have the advantage.
     
  3. Bryant

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    Hey coming from the exact problem you have (XSI or 40D) except I came from a Nikon D50. I chose the 40D because it fit me... it's truly up to you (I know you probably hate that comment on hear). Like the other person stated, the XSI has 2MP more, it really didn't matter to me, I'm not shooting 50x50's so there's no noticeable difference.

    I didn't like the small size of the XSI, it felt like a toy compared to the 40D. Once you put a larger lens on that, it's not very stable (nose heavy). I believe the XSI is 1.0 pounds and the 40D is 1.7. I liked the size as well, it's a little bigger forming my hand better. The wheel on the back is a plus.

    The fps is what truly swayed me, I'm more interested into action sports photography. Soccer, lax, snowboarding, etc... so it's an enormous reason for the $150 alone. As well the ruggedness and partial waterproofing in certain areas, although I have yet to have any need for it to be tested, it's my baby :hugs:. It can withhold a pretty substantial beating and stay intact, although i'm not sure about the internal mechanisms compared to the plastic XSI.

    In my opinion, if you're into sports and need the fps and durability from being out in the field, it's obvious that the 40D is right for you. If you're not into sports stuff and more into portraits or anything else, grab the XSI, if the let you switch.

    Hope this helps and good luck with your new DSLR!!!
     
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    It sounds like the 40D is the better decision all around. i am hoping it will fit in the sling bag I just got the the xt... the FPS is huge for me because I have a baby boy, and want to make sure i capture the best shots possible.

    I think I made the right decision. Although I dont know how my wife will feel about the size and weight.

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    Oops, double post...
     
  6. keith204

    keith204 No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    You'll be real impressed with the 40D. The lower MP rating won't bother you, and IMO it's worth it for the feel. It just feels better, and is thus more fun to shoot with :)
     
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    i am new and know sh-t about being a real photog but I have the xsi and it really is impressive-to be honest what took away from what I read is that the xsi takes a better picture or has the ability to take a better picture in optimal settings side by side but the 40 has a better feel and higher speed, iso, controls, etc...though the 3,5 seems exceptionally fast for the rating as I had a nikon at 3 before this and there is NO comparison...anyhow it is true about the lense. i bought a 70-200 f4l is and it does not feel all too great. the larger body would defintely level it out and being such an amatuer and never experiencing this type of thing I now understand why the more expensive cameras are larger and have a "feel" to them,
     
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    The 40D would be a better sports camera as it has a higher ISO, its also less noisy in the same ISOs I believe.. (bigger pixels). It also auto focuses faster. Faster shutter (1/8000) which matters to me sometimes when using a big aperture (ex: f/1.4 on a bright day)... faster FPS (continuous shooting) for me is also good...for sports...Also has a better battery (slightly better)
     
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    40D owner here. And very happy.
     
  10. Village Idiot

    Village Idiot No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    IQ is going to be practically identical in both cameras. Both have DIGIC III processors. The 40D is more of a "professional" camera and has greater control. You can adjust ISO in 1/3 stop increments, 6.5 FPS, top side LCD which and controls which allow you to change certain settings without having to go into the camera's menu function, a scroll wheel that provides easy control over the camer, the ability to change the aperture with the scroll wheel rather than having to press a designated aperture button, then adjust with the shutter speed control, much sturdier body, faster AF motor, and other improvements.

    The Nikon user who said that the XSI is a better camera because of the chart he saw definitely doesn't know what he's talking about. Even I'm not so ignorant as to say the D60 is a better camera than the D80. And most people I know that own the XXD series camera shoot with the manual modes and usually RAW.
     
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    Based on the criteria presented I made a choice, and offered a reason behind it.

    When I made MY choice, I used those exact charts to narrow it down from 9 choices to 2. I did not make my final decision until I went to the store and handled both units (Nikon D70s and a Canon). Once I had both in hand the choice was easy. The main purpose of my post was to provide some useful tools to someone who was debating between 2 models.

    Let me highlight some key points for you:

    Try to put advice in context next time, before trotting out words like "ignorant". Did you see me at any point say the Xsi was a "better" camera? I sure don't see it. I said that based on the specs (and NO hands on experience) that for the cost difference MY preference would be to save the money. I THEN went on to ask the OP if THEY would have need of the higher speeds.
     
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    I have the XTi and I have that wheel, i use it also to change aperture/shutter
     

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