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Canon Digital SLR comparison

Rebel XTi - Digital SLR Camera w/EF-S 18-55mm II Lens, Black

Many people ask for my advice on Digital Camera hardware. In this review I will check out the latest lineup of Consumer and Prosumer Canon Digital Cameras. This review is intended to guide you through some of the choices for Canon SLR cameras by giving you a quick comparison of various Canon Cameras.

Generally I believe that Canon and Nikon are the world leaders in Digital SLR technology with Canon having an edge over Nikon. Canon was the first Camera maker to introduce an affordable Digital SLR (the famous 300D) in 2003. This was my first Digital SLR and it is still in use as a backup body. Canon was also the first company to introduce a full frame Digital SLR (the 1Ds Mark 2) in 2004. With an unparalleled resolution of 16.7 Mega pixels, the 1Ds Mark 2 is still the single best Digital SLR on the market today (after more than 2 years). In 2005 Canon introduced the 5D, another wonder of technology. With a full frame sensor and 12.7 MP it is priced well below the 1Ds Mark 2 making it an excellent choice for the Semi Professional and for the Professional Markets. Recently Canon has introduced the 30D and the Rebel XTi (400D) a 10.1 Mega pixel Consumer SLR.

In this Review I will compare some of the Canon Cameras and give you my personal opinion on them. Hopefully this will be useful for those of you looking into buying a Canon Digital SLR. Nikon has a fantastic lineup too, but I am a Canon guy and I know Canon Cameras better. I also believe that Canon has a technology edge.

I currently own a Canon 20D, so my comparisons will be based on my experience with that camera. I have had this Camera for a long time and I am extremely satisfied with it.

Colorvision - Spyder2 - CRT and LCD calibration

Colorvision Spyder2

Have you ever edited a digital picture on your home computer, possibly with a discount LCD display, sent it off for printing just to realize all the colors were somehow differnt then they were on your screen? While most people may blame the results on the photo processing lab, here is a surprise for you. It may actually be your wrong doing that made the image look all wrong.

I have found that most commercially available LCD screens have a greenish or blueish cast and pictures usually look somewhat "cooler" than they should. Most of us are not used to the idea that what we see may not be a good representation of our picture. We tend to trust our LCD screens. Some of us may have spent a lot of money on expensive equipment and we have bought a software like photoshop to "get the most out of our pictures". Adjusting a picture with such a screen "to look better" may actually lead to a deterioration of image quality as we unknowingly make things worse. Welcome to the wonderful world of color calibration and color profiles.

The Copperhill Sensor Brush Method

Copperhill Sensor Brush

There comes a time in the life of each Digital SLR owner, when he (she) starts to wonder about dust on the sensor of their expensive cameras. While Film cameras do not have too much of a problem with dust, since the film is transported after each exposure, the image sensor of a DSLR stays in place. Worse than that, due to its function it stores charge, which attracts dust.

Digital Partner Image Tank

A review of the Digital Partner Image Tank. An Image Tank lets you back up your Flash Cards while you are out in the field without access to a computer.

Highlights:

Drive Capacity 30GB
Dimensions 115x77x21mm
System Requirements Windows 98, 2000, XP, MacOS 8.9,9.X, Mac-OSX, Linux 2.4
Connection USB 2.0
Power Adapter 110-240 VAC in, 5V out
Battery Charge 13 1GB Flash Cards
Transfer Time for full 1GB flash Card 6min,43s
Automatic Off Time 55s
Conclusion Best Bang for your Buck
Price paid about $120