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Old 16th July 2013, 1:14 AM   #1
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Default 40D vs 500D - opinions?

Hey guys, I'm very keen about purchasing a 40D from a member here as it comes with a fair amount of kit for a good price, but another friend may also be looking to sell his 500D, so I'm just wondering here which would be "better"?

The 40D is older, has lower megapixel count, older processor, the screen doesn't look as nice, however it's twice as fast in burst, has 9 cross-type AF rather than 1 cross-type, a better viewfinder, better construction, better control layout, and a better shutter (better sounding, too ).

What I'm wondering here is what you guys would pick as far as starting out with a body, I'm leaning towards the 40D even though it's older.

Movie mode I don't really care about, I can probably borrow gear if I need to do video.

What's your opinion? 40D or 500D and why?

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Old 16th July 2013, 9:21 AM   #2
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I have a 40D at home and a 500D at work. I love using the 40D much, much more. It's built to be used, rather than built as a "spec sheet of features" if you know what I mean. I'd imagine that if you tried both, you would prefer the 40D...

Unless the 500D had a feature that you couldn't live without.
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Old 16th July 2013, 9:54 AM   #3
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Have you looked at the 50D? It has some nice improvements over the 40D and is pretty close in price used.

Also I wouldn't worry about megapixels too much, my old DSLR with 6Mp still takes beautiful photos.
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Old 16th July 2013, 1:56 PM   #4
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Have you looked at the 50D? It has some nice improvements over the 40D and is pretty close in price used.
I doubt 50D kits come with a genuine battery grip, a couple of handfuls of batteries and CF cards and a kit lens for <$400. Although if you can find something like that, I'm all for it.
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Old 19th July 2013, 9:42 AM   #5
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40D enthusiast dslr
500D entry level (toy) dslr

I know which one you'll keep longer
10MP is plenty. If you needed more you wouldn't consider either of these.
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40D every day of the week.

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Old 19th July 2013, 11:00 AM   #7
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a mate of mine has been traveling around the world for the last year or so. He's put his 40D through the wringer about 560 times and it's still going strong. He just can't kill it.

I used to own one & loved it. Have used 500D too & as far as ease of use etc the 40D is miles ahead. The 500D might have slightly better iso performance because it's newer but everything else wins with the 40D.
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