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    30d vs xsi

    ok it was bound to happen since they're the same exact price. so here's the official 30d vs xsi thread.

    i've been really on the fence with this one. i'm happy with my 30d, i know the controls inside and out. i can change aperture/ss before my mind even knows i've done it.

    buuuuuuut, the xsi has a 50% increase in MP, supposedly ?Better? autofocus system, more than enough fps for most people, live view, larger lcd.

    my main concerns...different memory card so i can't just interchange them from my 30d to the xsi. ease of controls(which i'll find out about in person when i go to best buy and play with one...i've went twice now, the first time it had no power, the second they didn't even have it on demo), autofocus speed and accuracy, and ISO performance.

    i'd like to hear other people's take on this.

    like i said, i'm happy with my 30d, but i'm definitely tired of the few clients i do get asking how many "megapickles" my camera has and being disappointed when i say 8. it would be nice to say 12.

    i want this thread to be a general 30d vs xsi thread, so i guess just give your general take on the topic and what you'd do personally if you had the choice.
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    30D. No question. Not even a thought. (Not that I know what I'm talking about!)



    You hit all the points, the XSi is just going to be a problem for you with the different controls, memory cards, etc....

    On the megapickles issue, you can either: 1 - Tell people that you can print a glorious 16x20 (and show one). or 2 - Get a 40D.
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    I'm already saving up to buy the 50D next April--that's my solution.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AdamW View Post
    I'm already saving up to buy the 50D next April--that's my solution.
    next year april....is this a speculation or is it the usual Canon life cycle of 18 months which requires a new camera to be out by next year??
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    faisal, not sure about 50D but i hope a successor to 5D will be released this year. imagine new Canon FF with all gimmicks at D300 price? and Nikonians moaning loud again and again...

    am i dreaming too much???

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    hmm...a FF is still some way away for me...if a 50D is coming out next year...maybe I should also start thinking of saving money...
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    faisal, FF is away only because it costs, if Canon pulls a 6D or 3D and appoints a reasonable price then i see no point in not having one. while my XTi can do everything i want so i see no point in getting 40D.

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    I would choose the 30D over the 450D - any time.
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    Hey dippy OP, isn't this deja vu all over again?

    http://www.dcresource.com/forums/showthread.php?t=38130
    Ouch.

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    Well I have say based on these samples http://www.imaging-resource.com/PRODS/XSI/XSIA7.HTM the XSi has better image quality than my 40D (pull up the 40D studio still life samples and compare them side by side and you'll see what I mean). So I'd say the XSi is two steps ahead of the 30Din terms of IQ. Improved AF on the XSi also bodes well for that body.

    Personally I think you're a little too worried about what other people think when they ask how many MP your camera has. That - to me - is not a good reason to get one body or another (just stick your 70-200 F2.8 IS in their face and tell them to shut the hell up when they ask!)

    So it really comes down to controls/ergonomics. And that's easy: try the XSi before you buy (either rent or get one with a good return policy). If you can live with the form/function of the XSi goat for it. Otherwise, pick up a used 40D
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