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decryption
19th February 2005, 04:15 PM
Any of your guys seen the new Canon 350D DSLR? It looks very impressive! 8 megapixels, all the usual Canon refinements, with an 18-55 EF-S USM lens for an RRP of $1899 (street price more like $1699).

I was going to buy me a Pentax *istDS, but the Canon is looking far tastier! It's even smaller and lighter than the *istDS, which was pretty damn small in the first place.

Aussie release date is for the 1st of March, for the silver body, May for the black body.

Canon has a product page up on their site:
http://www.canon.com.au/products/cameras/d...lr/eos350d.html (http://www.canon.com.au/products/cameras/digital_slr/eos350d.html)
And dpreview has a hands on pre-release test (no sample images though) here:
http://www.dpreview.com/articles/canoneos350d/

I'm hoping someone like Teds or Camera House decide to bundle it with the body and the Sigma 18-125 DC lens for $1999 :)

Ronin+Scissors
19th February 2005, 04:29 PM
I had been toying with the idea of buying a 20D, but when I found out about the 350D I was sold. However making us wait two months for the black model is lame to the nth degree.

-Ronin with Scissors

zefi
19th February 2005, 04:33 PM
Thanks for the heads up, I am somewhat interested in moving into hobby photography. It looks to be an awesome product, cheers decrypt.

decryption
19th February 2005, 04:39 PM
Originally posted by zefi@Feb 19 2005, 05:33 PM
Thanks for the heads up, I am somewhat interested in moving into hobby photography. It looks to be an awesome product, cheers decrypt.
I got bitten by the photography bug since my mum let me have her old Rollei SL35 SLR a few months ago. It's so addictive :P

Check out some of my latest shots: http://www.users.on.net/~decryption/photos (My Flickr upload balance maxed out for this month :( ). They were all taken with a $250 Canon PowerShot A400.. I can't wait to get my hands on a digital SLR and take some proper photos!

Everywhere you walk, you're looking for good shots, thinking about what apeture setting you'd use and what lens you should put on your camera for the best results ;)

zefi
19th February 2005, 07:34 PM
It's funny that you talk about constantly 'thinking about shots'... my goodness, after highschool, I used to just zone out and think about f.stops, shutter adjustments... all that nerdy stuff and just being really interested in composition and the like.

I love it too! And I thought I was the only person who thought weirdly like that!! It is comforting to know that I am not alone :)

rice mac
19th February 2005, 07:39 PM
Overall, l this would be a very good first time DSLR, the improvements that Canon have made to the 300D are very useful especially the speed.
The improved start up , shooting and buffer dump/refill times are what I'm most impressed with. Then MLU , battery grip and finally the increase in resolution (good for marketing though).

Good
Faster shooting speeds (when compared with the 300D),
Mirror lock up,
Battery grip.


Bad
Kit lens
Flash sync could be faster
Centre spot metering - not

The supplied kit lens is average, it should be a USM, and having f/5.6 at the full tele is fairly dim. I think the Jap market model has a USM kit lens. A decent number of purchasers of this camera would be only using the kit lens and wouldnt expand their collection, it'd be nice to see a better lens offered (nothing too flashy, with perhaps an aperture range of f/3.5-5? The 17-85 (with IS) lens offered with the 20D would be a solution.

I'm not too keen on it being lighter and smaller. The small size would make it tough to comfortably use it with a large lens such as 70-200 f/2,8, although this can be fixed with the optional battery grip. Being lighter , IMO means that the body is probably of less dense plastic.




decryption, do remember to get a 50mm f1.8 lens when you are buying the 350D. Cheap, light and damn damn good in low light.

I do feel a bit sorry for those who've recently bought the 300D, they must be a bit bummed

Atomic
19th February 2005, 08:51 PM
I've owned a 20D for about 5 months now and I absolutely love it. The sheer speed of it is awesome. Picture quality is excellent and shooting in low light at high ISO's like 1600 produces unbelieveable shots. I would love to to build my lens collection a little more. So far the only decent lens I have is Canon 17-40L which produces sharp clear results. I also bought a Sigma 18-135 lens for when I was travelling but ended up buying the 17-40L when I hit the states last Christmas.

For those interested check out my shots here. (http://homepage.mac.com/paul74/Menu2.html) Please note the early shots of Narrabri and Sydney were taken with my old camera - Canon G3.

Alessiman
19th February 2005, 09:13 PM
Originally posted by Atomic@Feb 19 2005, 08:51 PM
I've owned a 20D for about 5 months now and I absolutely love it. The sheer speed of it is awesome. Picture quality is excellent and shooting in low light at high ISO's like 1600 produces unbelieveable shots. I would love to to build my lens collection a little more. So far the only decent lens I have is Canon 17-40L which produces sharp clear results. I also bought a Sigma 18-135 lens for when I was travelling but ended up buying the 17-40L when I hit the states last Christmas.

For those interested check out my shots here. (http://homepage.mac.com/paul74/Menu2.html) Please note the early shots of Narrabri and Sydney were taken with my old camera - Canon G3.
Hey Atomic,

Nice choice in lenses BTW. I would recommend a 2.8 50mm prime as your next lenses and if you can afford is a 70-200L next

I noticed you shoot a lot of landscapes (like myself) I would suggest you might want to shoot more of your statues etc with a higher zoom. Say at the 135mm range rather than the 18mm

Take a look at http://homepage.mac.com/hlouey/PhotoAlbum29.html

The top left hand pic. It was shot with a 28-135 at the high end. Now compare that with your bottom left here http://homepage.mac.com/paul74/PhotoAlbum16.html

Anyway thats just my preference. You and I seemed to have been to many of the same places

Rayd
19th February 2005, 09:17 PM
oohhh, man you think 8 MegaPixel is good? HAH! how's 4 GIGApixel (4000 megapixel) sound!! chek it out! its UNBELIVABLE! http://www.gigapxl.com

cmetom
19th February 2005, 10:23 PM
lol @ teh gigapixels.

on topic, 8MP for the RRP is quite good. hopefully it'll mean that 300D's will also be available nice and cheaper.

Atomic
20th February 2005, 01:37 AM
Originally posted by Alessiman@Feb 19 2005, 10:13 PM

I noticed you shoot a lot of landscapes (like myself) I would suggest you might want to shoot more of your statues etc with a higher zoom. Say at the 135mm range rather than the 18mm

Good tip - thanks :)

Quamen
20th February 2005, 09:27 AM
:(

Another camera for me to contemplate getting.....that I cannot afford. hehe. I'll just have to stick with my Fuji 602z for a while longer. The 350D does look good though.

luztra
20th February 2005, 11:49 AM
Originally posted by decryption@Feb 19 2005, 04:39 PM
Check out some of my latest shots: http://www.users.on.net/~decryption/photos (My Flickr upload balance maxed out for this month :( ).
You can get free image hosting at PixSpot (http://www.pixspot.com/). There is a 30MB user limit on the free accounts and there are no bandwidth limits.

HTH

Cheers
Kristine

internet
20th February 2005, 12:18 PM
hmmm looks pretty good, is it the same plastic body as the 300D? i don't like the plastic body on the 300D...

wonder how it stacks up to te D70, and what nikons response will be, i'm hoping for a price drop on the D70 :)

estoyloco
20th February 2005, 01:39 PM
I'm going to grab one.

The body is said to have same look and feel as 20D. It said to feel very sturdy in your hands as well.

I think it will stack up very well considering how well the 300D stacks up against it now.

I'm already invested in canon gear, and i have been wanting a 20D but could justify the AUD prices. Now with this model i can get AU warranty and get it fairly cheaply so im stoked. Glass is the more important thing for me now.

B&W mode has also made me very happy plus access to EFS mount too.. i've wanted the 17-85mm for a while and never had the chance to get it with my D60.

If its got the 20D's image processor (liek the 300D had the 10Ds) then you know the image quality is amazing. Plus if any features are locked away im sure some people will be able to hack them open.

Decryption i would also recommend one of these over the pentax - if you have the extra cash. Plus the more canon people around the more lenses to buy/sell :D

macman
20th February 2005, 02:10 PM
Originally posted by decryption@Feb 19 2005, 04:39 PM
I got bitten by the photography bug since my mum let me have her old Rollei SL35 SLR a few months ago. It's so addictive :P



You are exactly right Decryption - its so addictive! I find I'm looking @ things differently these days and always looking for the next picture!

Thanks to Atomic's advice, I am now the proud owner of a Canon S1.

Looking forward oneday to getting a full DSLR

Cheers Macman :D

creativeshed
3rd September 2005, 03:41 PM
Ordered me a 350D today - thanks for all the handy info :thumbup: