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Canon EOS 40D 10.1MP Digital SLR Camera (Body Only)
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- Powered by BP-511A, BP-511, or BP-512 lithium-ion battery pack; stores images on CF cards
- sRAW mode , 35-zone metering system , integrated Self-Cleaning Sensor Unit
- Large 3.0-inch LCD display with enhanced Live View and broadened color gamut
- 10.1-megapixel CMOS sensor captures enough detail for photo-quality poster-size prints
- 6.5 frame-per-second continuous shooting capability (for bursts of up to 75 Large/Fine JPEGs or 17 RAW images)
- 10.1-megapixel CMOS sensor captures enough detail for photo-quality poster-size prints
- Large 3.0-inch LCD display with enhanced Live View and broadened color gamut
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|Auto Focus Technology|
|Continuous Shooting Speed||6.5 fps|
|Display Fixture Type||Fixed|
|Display Resolution Maximum||230,000|
|Display Size||3 inches|
|Effective Still Resolution||10.1 MP|
|Expanded ISO Maximum||3,200|
|Expanded ISO Minimum||100|
|Exposure Control Type|
|External Memory Included||Yes|
|Flash Memory Type||Compact Flash (Type I or II)|
|Flash Sync Speed||1/250_sec|
|Flash Type||Built-in Flash, Hot-shoe, E-TTL II|
|Focus Description||Multi-BASIS TTL, 9 focus points (diamond shape, cross-type)|
|Focus Type||Automatic with Manual|
|Form Factor||Mid-size SLR|
|ISO Range||Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200 (H)|
|Image Aspect Ratio||3:2|
|Included Components||Uses BP-511A Li-Ion battery pack|
|Item Dimensions||4.25 x 2.91 x 5.75 inches|
|Item Weight||1.81 pounds|
|Lithium Battery Energy Content||4.9 Watt Hours|
|Lithium Battery Weight||4 ounces|
|Maximum Aperture Range||NA|
|Maximum Shutter Speed||1/8000 of a second|
|Maximum horizontal resolution||3,888|
|Minimum Shutter Speed||30 seconds|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||10.1 MP|
|Optical Sensor Technology||CMOS|
|Photo Sensor Technology||CMOS|
|Remote Control Description||N3 connector|
|Removable Memory||CompactFlash Type I or II|
|Sensor Cleaning Method||EOS integrated cleaning system|
|Shipping Weight||4.3 pounds|
|Style Name||40D Body Only|
|Viewfinder Type||Optical (pentaprism)|
Building on the success of Canon's perennially popular prosumer EOS 20D and 30D models, the EOS 40D advances the state-of-the-art for mid-range digital SLR cameras, making it a natural first choice for advanced amateur photographers and entry-level professionals, and an ideal second body for more established photo pros. Indeed, given the level of feature upgrades and improvements, technological wizardry, and user-requested creative controls, the Canon EOS 40D SLR's prosumer appellation may refer more to its accessible price point than to the exceptional quality, clarity, and resolution of the images it creates.
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Building on the success of Canon's perennially popular "prosumer" EOS 20D and 30D models, the EOS 40D advances the state-of-the-art for mid-range digital SLR cameras, making it a natural first choice for advanced amateur photographers and entry-level professionals, and an ideal second body for more established photo pros. Indeed, given the level of feature upgrades and improvements, technological wizardry, and user-requested creative controls, the Canon EOS 40D SLR's "prosumer" appellation may refer more to its accessible price point than to the exceptional quality, clarity, and resolution of the images it creates.
From the camera's newly enhanced, 10.1-megapixel CMOS imaging sensor (designed and manufactured by Canon) and its proprietary and super-efficient DIGIC III image processor, to its completely redesigned autofocus sensor and fast, 6.5 frame-per-second (fps) continuous shooting capability (for bursts of up to 75 Large/Fine JPEGs or 17 RAW images), the EOS 40D SLR puts the fun in functionality and makes serious photo business a positive pleasure.
Canon EOS 40D Highlights
Canon extends its "ease-of-reading" policy to the EOS 40D SLR's viewfinder as well. The upgraded viewfinder increases optical magnification from 0.90x to 0.95x, expands the viewing angle from 251 degrees to 264 degrees and raises the eye point from 20mm to 22mm.
Improved Image Quality Although it is based on the image sensor used in the EOS Digital Rebel XTi, the EOS 40D Digital SLR's 10.1-megapixel CMOS APS-C size image sensor has been significantly improved thanks to the use of larger microlenses over each pixel to reduce noise and expand sensitivity up to ISO 3200. The EOS 40D retains the model 30D camera's 1.6x focal length conversion factor (compared to full-frame digital image sensors or 35mm film) and is compatible with the full line-up of Canon EF lenses as well as the Company's expanding selection of high-quality, affordable EF-S lenses created specifically for Canon digital SLRs with APS-C size image sensors.
Adding to the improved virtuosity of the images captured by the EOS 40D SLR is the camera's 14-bit Analog-to-Digital (A/D) conversion process. Able to recognize 16,384 colors per channel (four times the number of colors recognized by the EOS 30D SLR's 12-bit conversion capability), the EOS 40D camera is able to produce images with finer and more accurate gradations of tones and colors. The EOS 40D also incorporates the optional Highlight Tone Priority and High-ISO Noise Reduction functions first introduced earlier this year with the EOS-1D Mark III Professional Digital SLR.
DIGIC III DIGIC III is the latest generation of Canon's proprietary image processing engine. DIGIC III technology ensures that the fine details and natural colors of the images are optimally recorded and, as an added bonus, is also responsible for the EOS 40D SLR's high-speed performance, faster signal processing, and even its efficient energy consumption.
sRAW In addition to retaining the RAW image capture capabilities of its predecessors, the EOS 40D SLR now offers a more manageable "sRAW" recording format. In sRAW mode, the number of pixels is reduced to one-fourth that of a standard RAW image and the file size is cut in half, while retaining all of the flexibility and creative possibilities associated with full-size, conventional RAW images.
The Canon EOS 40D Digital SLR retains the same 35-zone metering sensor as its predecessor. Available patterns include Evaluative metering, which is linked to all AF points and is set automatically in the Basic Zone modes, Centerweighted average metering, Partial metering, and Spot metering, covering approximately 9 percent or 3.8 percent of the viewfinder at center, respectively. The camera's E-TTL II autoflash and 12 exposure control modes (11 AE modes plus manual) are also unchanged from the EOS 30D SLR model. However, as a result of consumer input, Canon has added three Custom exposure modes. As an added convenience, particularly for wireless flash operations, users can adjust the flash settings of the Canon Speedlite 580EX II directly from the camera.
The Canon EOS 40D camera offers ISO speeds from ISO 100 to ISO 1600 in 1/3-stop increments. Users can also opt for a high-speed setting of ISO 3200. For the first time in any EOS camera, the 40D model offers Auto ISO capability in Creative Zone exposure modes. This valuable new feature adjusts the ISO speed to the optimal setting based on low light or shaky shooting conditions. Additionally, the EOS 40D provides full-time display of the active ISO speed setting, both in the viewfinder as well as on the top LCD data panel.
The Canon EOS 40D Digital SLR is also the first camera in its class to offer two interchangeable focusing screens in addition to the standard precision matte screen. Users can opt for a grid-type focus screen that makes it easier to verify horizontal or vertical alignment while determining image composition, as well as the Super-Precision Matte focusing screen that makes it easier to grasp the "sweet spot" of manual focusing when using a lens with a maximum aperture of f2.8 or faster.
EOS Integrated Cleaning System First introduced on the EOS Digital Rebel XTi camera, the EOS Integrated Cleaning System is a prime example of trickle-up technology and is now becoming a standard feature on all new EOS Digital SLRs. The camera's Self-Cleaning Sensor Unit uses ultrasonic vibrations to literally shake dust particles off of the low-pass filter in front of the sensor each time the camera is powered up or shut down. Users also have the option of engaging the "clean now" function at will or bypassing it altogether. Additionally, the EOS 40D SLR's manual sensor cleaning function raises the mirror and allows users to clean dust that has stuck to the low-pass filter. Dust that has been shaken or blown loose is then trapped by adhesive at the base of the sensor unit housing, preventing the problematic particles from reattaching themselves to the filter when the camera moves. The second part of the cleaning system is a software solution that maps the location of any spots that may remain on the sensor. The mapped information is saved as Dust Delete Data and attached to the image file. Subsequently, the offending dust information is subtracted from the final image during post processing with a compatible personal computer, using the supplied Digital Photo Professional software.
Improved Software Among the most valuable features of the Canon EOS 40D Digital SLR is its compatibility with Canon's Picture Style Editor (PSE) 1.0 software. With PSE, shooters can actually design the look of their photographs by inputting their own preferred style, color, and tone curves. The EOS 40D Digital SLR also ships with the latest versions of Canon's powerful software applications, including Digital Photo Professional 3.1 and EOS Utility 2.1, which now support the camera's Remote Live View and Dust Delete Data functions, as well as incorporating a broad range of additional improvements designed to improve image quality and speed up workflow. Also included are ZoomBrowser EX 5.8 and ImageBrowser 5.8 for easy browsing, viewing, printing, and archiving with compatible computer operating systems, including Microsoft Windows Vista and Windows XP, as well as Mac OS X.
Accessories (Not Included--Must be Purchased Separately) New system accessories for the EOS 40D SLR include the redesigned high-capacity Battery Grip BG-E2N, which facilitates high-volume shooting and easier vertical shooting. Compatible with up to two BP-511A battery packs or a set of six AA-size batteries, the battery grip approximately doubles the number of shots that can be taken, compared with the battery power of the EOS 40D SLR alone. The BG-E2N grip features new sealing material around the battery compartment to better resist water and dust. The new model replaces the original BG-E2 grip and is compatible with the EOS 20D, 30D, and 40D models.
Designed exclusively for the EOS 40D SLR, the new Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E3A permits wireless transfer and back-up, as well as remote control of the camera in Live View mode. It can also be connected to various GPS receivers or Hi-Speed USB 2.0 external storage devices such as convenient flash drives or high-capacity hard drives with much larger storage capacity than the memory cards in the camera for instant back-up as images are captured. Compact and affordable, the WFT-E3A wireless transmitter also doubles as a vertical grip and requires its own BP-511A battery pack in addition to the battery installed in the camera body.
What's in the box: EOS 40D digital SLR body, eyecup Eb, wide neck strap EW-100DGR, video cable VC-100, USB interface cable IFC-200U, battery pack BP-511A, battery charger CG-580, "Great Photography is Easy" booklet and "Do More with Macro" booklet, EOS Digital Solution Disc, software instruction manual
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This is one of the best camera bodies you can buy -RIGHT NOW- if you're on a budget. If you want a weather sealed body that can take hits and bumps and keep on working this is it. You don't have to be gentle with it- like those cheaply made Nikon bodies on the lower priced end. Drop a Nikon body "it's done" drop a Canon pick it up and keep shooting. I've seen many camera bodies dropped over the years and rarely does a Canon quit. Right now you can get this real cheap because it's older.
I would recommend this camera to anyone that wants professional picture quality.
The camera came exquisitely packed with about a football field length of bubble wrap and every piece (the camera body, the lens (28-135mm), camera strap, and battery were all present just as promised! I did not get the owners manual which I mentioned to the seller and he couldn't find but this was a small glitch in an otherwise smooth transaction.
As soon as I started playing with my "new to me" Canon 40D I knew that I had made a great choice. The Canon 40D is a bit heavier than my current Canon Rebel Xti but the quality of the colors, sharpness and range of shots with the 28-135mm were amazing. The reviews I read about the Canon 40D before my purchase were all true....the easy of use with the wheel function on the back of the camera, the larger LCD, ability to pre-set some manual settings, etc make this a fabulous main camera for my "just starting out" photography business.
I just shot my 3rd wedding and I felt much more professional carrying the Canon 40D than my tiny Canon Rebel Xti. When I started to edit the more than 1,000 pics there was not a lot to do. This camera takes such quality photos that I used my editing software very minimally.
I am a happy Amazon.com used product user!!
- Fast 6.5fps
- Solid and rugged magnesium body
- Picture styles and C1, C2, and C3 functions
- Massive and intuitive menu feature
- Dials and buttons for a faster and manual controls of f-stop and shutter
- The kit lens is better than the rebel series'
- 3.0" LCD
- Very fast start-up time and virtually no distinguishable shutter lag
- Plethora of shooting options and functions available
- EF and EF-S compatible
- RAW, JPEG, or RAW+JPEG shooting
- Canon software DPP
- 1.6x crop reduces effectiveness of wide-angle
- Pop-up flash is near useless
- 3.0" LCD is lacking in color and resolution
I've upgraded to the 40D from my Canon SD870 IS and the jump is huge. Even though the 50D and 5D mark II is out, the 40D is still a good value. I've used this over the course of 6 months and I love it! I have taken this exploring many places: in rain, sun, and humid and have used 5,000 actuations. It's rated to about 100,000 actuations so I've fine just shooting away. I've used this body in conjunction with my 24-70mm f/2.8L and 70-200mm f/2.8L IS. It is a solidly constructed camera with those L lenses. A weather sealed package allowed me to shoot in light rain while touring Asia, but I'd dare not shoot in anything more than that.
The 3.0" LCD is nice but doesn't show the full color range as when viewing on a monitor. Live view is good only for showing the composition. It is a bit slow for shooting anything moving. The viewfinder should be the first and only place to go. Also, using only the viewfinder allows you to better brace the camera for less blur. Be sure to use the on-camera highlights feature in review to show parts of the picture that are overexposed.
I don't recommend using the pop-up flash unless used with a pop-up diffuser. A dedicated flash unit like the 580ex II is highly recommended. Using pocketwizards or even just the wireless infrared is a good start.
This is a very nice starting camera. If and when I decide to buy a new full frame camera, this will be a nice backup camera. I use this with 2 SanDisk Extreme III 8GB CF memory cards. Try not to get too big or too small of a memory card. 10.1MP shows up as 3888x2592. For JPEG, files are about 4-5mbs each. For RAW, files are about 10-20mbs each. The 40D has the option to shoot both RAW+JPEG at the same time, but at a reduced rate since the buffer can't keep up. I shoot almost exclusively in RAW, and the buffer is about 6 shots continuous. In JPEG, the buffer shows 99. High speed burst is a good option to use, and I used it for 3 shot bursts.
The manual controls are good. A dedicated wheel to the right of the LCD controls the f-stop and a smaller wheel behind the shutter release controls the shutter speed. ISO, metering, color balance, shot setting, AF, and AE lock are right behind that wheel on the top right corner. The grip on the body feels easy to use and the finish is just right all around.
The bundle that is included with the camera is nice: the industry standard neckstrap, DPP, cordless wall charger, and li-ion battery pack. The neck strap is decent, but I wear it backwards as it irritates my neck. Digital Photo Professional is the proprietary software that is included and it is great for after shot changes for white balance and to a small part, exposure compensation at 1/3 stops. The battery charger is small and does not have cords to deal with; the prongs fold down and plug directly into the outlet. The battery pack is li-ion, charges relatively fast, and looks like 2 AA batteries combined.
- Canon Speedlite 580ex II
- Canon 50mm f/1.8
- Canon 50mm f/1.4
- Canon 24-70mm f/2.8L
- Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS
- Canon BG-E2N Battery Grip
- Lowepro Slingshot 200
- SanDisk Extreme III (2GB, 4GB, 8GB) CF memory cards
- SanDisk SanDisk CF Type I/II ImageMate
Highly Recommended! If you're in the market for a DSLR and are looking at the rebel line (XSi, etc) you might as well get the 40D or other x0D series instead. The difference is +$200~ but you get so much more value.