Category: Canon dSLR lineup

Lining up the Canon dSLR models on a camera store counter creates an impressive array of choices. If you put the lenses of your choice on each camera body, the lineup quickly becomes a photographer’s ultimate toy store. Each camera presents a unique opportunity that satisfies the shooting needs, requirements, and credit limit of one or another photographer.

This section gives you an overview of Canon’s dSLRs, with insights that you’re unlikely to learn while browsing at a camera store. In the last year, I’ve shot with each of these cameras, and I’ve talked to other photographers who have or are currently shooting with them.

Your priorities may include overall weight, speed, features, or a balance of all these factors against total system cost. Ultimately, you have to decide which camera to buy, but this blog can help you evaluate the camera you currently own or are looking to buy against the lineup that Canon offers.

The Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT

The Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT

For ease of use combined with great dSLR performance, as an entry-level dSLR you need look no further than the Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT. It’s available for a remarkably low cost — in fact, less than some high-end point-and-shoots — and yet makes use of the incredible selection of Canon lenses and accessories. As [...]

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The Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTI

The Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTI

The Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi takes the XT one step further with a great lineup of features designed and priced as a very competitive consumer dSLR. In this case, bigger is better: The sensor is bigger (10.1 megapixels) and the LCD is now 2.5 inches — both great changes that make an already easy-to-use [...]

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The Canon EOS Rebel XSI

The Canon EOS Rebel XSI

Just announced as this book was going to press, the EOS Rebel XSi does to the Digital Rebel XTi what the XTi did to the XT: It takes a great camera even one step further towards perhaps being the perfect consumer dSLR, capable of producing astounding near-professional results. With 12.2 megapixel capability, a DIGIC III [...]

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The Canon EOS 40D

The Canon EOS 40D

The Canon EOS 40D is the successor to the 30D, which was the successor to the hugely popular EOS 20D, and is without question one of the most popular dSLRs of all time. The 20D is responsible for many of the recent converts to the Canon system. The 40D features Canon’s proven 10.1.-megapixel CMOS sensor [...]

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The Canon EOS 5D

The Canon EOS 5D

The Canon EOS 5D (see 2-8) was an instant hit upon its release and it is no wonder, considering that it offers a full-frame CMOS sensor with 12.8 megapixels and currently sells for less than $3,000. It has become a fast favorite of many professional photographers, due to the high resolution and lighter weight of [...]

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The Canon EOS-1D Mark III

The Canon EOS-1D Mark III

The EOS-1D Mark III has the same body, build quality, and most of the advanced features of the EOS-1Ds Mark III with more emphasis on speed than resolution, not to suggest this camera is in any way a substandard. On the contrary, Canon’s new EOS-1D Mark III can record 10 fps for up to 110 [...]

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The Canon EOS-1DS Mark III

The Canon EOS-1DS Mark III

The big-boy leader of Canon’s dSLR lineup is the EOS-1Ds Mark III, a workhorse of a camera built to endure the rigors of the field in very rigorous and demanding applications such as outdoor assignments, but optimized for studio use with its large megapixel size and full-frame sensor. A photographer I know of uses an [...]

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