Canon EOS 10D Digital SLR Camera
Having been into Photography since my mid teens I've recently found myself using my images mainly online, resorting to using a cheap 0.4Mpixel camera (all I could afford at the time) rather than my 35mm film camera (Canon Eos 100 SLR), so the time was right to finally upgrade to a decent Digital camera, and the Canon EOS10D seemed to offer all that I needed at a reasonable cost (being a discontinued model the prices have now reached a level that I was able to afford on my budget!)
I chose to remain with the Canon brand specifically as my current lenses (EF fit) are compatable with most of the current EOS cameras (watch out for the differences with EF and EF-S fit, they wont fit all models), the quality and reliability of their cameras has always been good and I'd also heard that if you've used an EOS before, then the controls on the newer models will feel both natural and easy to use.
I have to say how amazed I've been with both the ease of use and the picture quality of the EOS10D!
The controls do feel easy to use, if you've ever used an EOS SLR before, then the transition feels very easy, the controls are instinctive and in the same places as on the older film EOS's, which means you dont need to spend ages concentrating on learning the controls, but rather can focus your attention onto the picture itself, where it should be!
On a technical front, the 10D offers masses more enhanced features than my old EOS100, the AF now has many more focussing points (7 in total), the exposure metering offers 3 modes (which should be suitable for most applications), plus there are 12 shooting modes, divided into 3 zones, which should enable anyone from the most experienced to the newest photographer to acchieve good results!
Quality wise, the 10D although now discontinued (originally released in 2004/2005) is a part of Canon's 'prosumer' range, (meaning that its aimed at both entry level proffessional and advanced amateur use), and features a magnesium alloy body, which makes it tough, if a little on the heavy side! All the function buttons and fittings seem well made, and the LCD screens are both good quality and easy to view.
Picture quality is up to 6.3 megapixels, not amazing by modern standards, but more than sufficient for web use and for printing up to A3 size, the DIGIC processor does a great job of processing the image without any noise that I've been able to discern, even up to 400% magnification!
I was concerned before I used the camera that the focal length magnification (1.6x caused by the size of the CMOS sensor which is smaller than the size of a 35mm film plane) would make it less easy to compose the shots I wanted, but I'm happy to say that this hasnt yet been a problem, although I do now feel that I'd like to invest in an ultra wide zoon lens for wider landscape shots!
The digital imaging controls on the 10D are something that I am new to, the white balance isnt something you can normally control on a 35mm film camera, but I have to say that they are exceptionally easy to use, rather like chosing the type of film that you use on a film camera, plus the choices of ISO speed are good, the lower the ISO the better the quality, as with a film camera!
Overall I am very happy with this camera, it offers all the features and quality I need at a reasonable cost, yes I'd love to have an EOS5D (with its full frame sensor), but not for 10 times the price!
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Canon EOS-10D Digital camera
I have had my Canon 10D for two and half years and have just updated to Canon 40d. This was a hard decision to make. Since owning the 10D I would be in agreement with most of the other reviews of the camera - but there are some limitations which I was considering when moving to the 40D - I had also been looking towards the Canon 5D. Hope recording these gives some idea of the 10D limitations compared to some of the newer SLRs.
Main reasons for changing the 10D:
.1. A rather small and dim viewfinder and LCD screen - compared to the Canon EOS3 film SLR and Olympus C2500 (2.5 MPixel) Digital camera that I also own. One reason for having considered the 5D.
.2. As is common with some other digital cameras, it is often difficult to obtain good highlights and shadows in pictures. Adjusting the RAW pictures in such circumstances often creates 'posterisation' in the shadows. The 40D is 14 bits digitisation instead of 12 bits for 10D.
.3. The 10D is slow to start up - this is often a nuisance - resulting in loosing a picture.
.4. Although the 'controls' are reasonably organised - it takes a little thought to 'set the camera up' when using the creative modes. Probably no more so than many other cameras.
.5. The camera does have a tendency to underexpose but also does tend to let highlights also 'burn-out'.
.6. The camera DOES NOT take the newer EF-S lenses for the reduce frame size SLRs - like 20D, 30D, 350D, 400D etc. In general this does mean buying the more expensive EF or equivalent lenses. Not a problem for me as I need them for my EOS film camera. One reason for considering the EOS 5D full frame SLR.
.7. The reduced sensor size of the 10D does make the choice of lens/es more troublesome.
I have been reasonably happy with my 10D and it is a good, solid camera. At the current Ebay prices it is probably a bargain. Compared to the 10D, the 40D is a 'more open/ viewable camera' when taking the shots (3 ins LCD) also it starts up and shoots multiple frames more quickly. Taken together these do make a difference. Actual RAW pics do seem to have a slightly 'better quality' than the 10D - but not easy to detect unless more 'extreme' pics are being taken.
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Canon EOS-10D Digital Camera
This digital camera is now available at a much lower price than when it was launched back in 2003.
Using eBay I have managed to pick up a bargain camera to be used for teaching purchases at work without breaking the bank!
This is my second one, I still have my first Canon 10D, I know it is a good camera and having owned this camera from new, it has good functions that are still usable today even after six years, and the recently aquired second Canon 10D will cost me about £50 to have Canon clean the sensor and bring it back to new.
So what does the Canon 10D offer
i) A DIGIC chip for faster autofocus with 6.3 Megapixel CMOS Sensor
ii) 7 selectable AF points
iii) A lightweight but strong Magnesium Alloy Body
iV) APS-C format image sensor giving 1.6 magnification to any EF lens attached
It is now used as a back up to my Canon 5D which can also share the same EF lenses unlike other cheaper Canon EF-S lenses available to keep the costs down for consumers, but not useable on these particular camera bodies.
The only difference between this Canon 10D and the newer models like the Canon 5D MkII and the latest Canon 7D is that the newer models load much faster and are therefore ready to use quicker when switched on, and have newer DIGIC chips with much larger Megapixel capability and other improved functions like Video options and sensor cleaning.
What does all this mean? It means that you will be paying up to a few thousand pounds for a new Canon Digital camera, but who knows, if you wait for these newer models in six years they will be the couple of hundred of pounds that I paid for the Canon 10D with a Tokina Macro lens, 1GB CF Card and bag thrown in as well!
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Back in 2003 the 10D was Canon's top semi-professional digital SLR. It sold well to doctors, lawyers, wealthy amateurs, and working professionals who either couldn't afford or didn't need a 1D or 1Ds. Lots of wedding photographers and pornographers bought them. At about £1,500 it was cheaper than Canon's previous digital SLRs and it was also cheaper than the Nikon D100. In terms of features and image quality it was very near the top of the tree. As of 2010 it doesn't have much of a role except as a back-up body, but it's popular for infrared conversions or as a "hack" camera. There's nothing much wrong with it, the problem is that Canon's subsequent models were genuinely and noticeably better, and are available for not much more on the used market, and are compatible with Canon's modern digital-only lenses.
On a technical level the 10D is a six megapixel camera with an ISO range that goes from 100-1600, with a software-created ISO 3200. In typical Canon style the image quality is smooth and clean, even with long exposures, and I have no problem with ISO 800. The images are noisier than the 20D - which had a denser pixel matrix but superior image processing - but not particularly noisy, even by modern standards. On a physical level the 10D was built to a tougher standard than most modern cameras, although the shutter button tends to wear out and become stiff with time. The autofocus system was infinitely better than the awful system in the D30 / D60 but not quite as good as the autofocus system in the 20D and later.
It takes standard Compact Flash cards. Earlier firmware versions could only read 2gb of a card; later firmware versions had no problem with larger cards. It uses standard BP-511 batteries and the BG-ED3 vertical grip from the D30/D60. There were never any cheap eBay copies of this grip and so you'll have to buy an official Canon product if you want the grip.
The camera has two major limitations by modern standards, assuming that you don't consider the six megapixel resolution a limitation. I have no problem with six megapixels. It will easily do an A3 print and is larger than any screen resolution and vast overkill for an iPhone. The first limitation is that it is painfully slow. It takes an age to write images to the card and play them back, and if you shoot a strip of shots you will have to wait forever for them to write to the card, and you can't review the images until it has finished. Deleting images, generating the histogram, scrolling through images takes more time than comfortable. You need a lot of mental discipline to wait until it has written everything to the card before you pull the card out.
The second limitation is that it can't use Canon's EF-S lenses. It predates the EF-S standard by a few months. In 2003 this wasn't a huge problem, but nowadays this means you can't use the 17-55mm f/2.8 IS, the 15-85mm, the 60mm Macro, or the modern 18-55mm IS (for example). This complicates things if you plan to use the 10D as a backup for e.g. a 40D or 7D. On the other hand, the 10D has no problem with digital-only lenses from Sigma and Tamron and Tokina and so forth. Furthermore, if you're a manual lens fan, it mounts and uses some of the older Pentax Takumars that hit the mirror of a Canon 5D.
It's interesting to compare it with the 300D. The two cameras coexisted for a year and had a similar spec; on the used market they sell for a similar price today, although the 300D is much less robust.
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Canon EOS-10D Digital Camera
An excellent camera, not the top of the range model but not that different to the EOS 5 except for the size of the sensor, and therefore the magnifying effect on focal lengths of lenses. Fast shutter speed of 1/4000 sec and wide ISO range although some noise at top end of range.
Accepts a range of canon add on options and lenses and is also well supplied by 3rd party suppliers.
All the features you need, simple to handle and a better build than the 300, 350, 400 etc. Good focusing screen, at 6.3 mega-pixels will cover most of your needs. Easy to use and produces excellent photographs, which can easily be enlarged to A3 on a good quality printer. The chip gives a magnification of 1.6 times, compared to a full frame 35mm camera.
You need to be aware that this will not accept EFS lenses from canon, which excludes some of the cheaper lenses available, but all the recent non brand lenses should fit.Adding the BG-ED3 vertical grip enhances the feel of the camera and makes portrait work far easier to achieve.
As a second hand proposition you cannot go far wrong. you don`t need much more than 6.3 mega-pixels unless you are blowing up to exceptionally large sizes or cropping heavily, and that is best done using the lens, that is the point of using an SLR after all. There have been various tweeks to performance on later models, and screen size has grown, and live view is available on the latest additions, but the cost difference is large, and what you really need to do is get snapping and leave some cash for a good selection of lenses.
I would whole heartedly recommend to anyone, and if you are a die hard film user, take the plunge, hold on to your EOS lenses and you will be amazed at how good it is.
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