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Old Jan 20, 2005, 10:02 PM   #1
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I am just about to buy my first digital SLR after years of using film SLR

Canon 20D seem to be the one to buy (or the new Konica Minolta with stabaliser) butI have a few concerns that I would appreciate thoughts on the 20D

1 Does it have spot metering?

2Does the Precision Matte Focusing screen make viewing the subject less clear?

3 Is the shutter noisy compared to film SLR?

4 As only 95% of subject is seen in viewfinder Is this a problem when close cropping etc?

5 Numer of comments say that a red clour cast is seen on photos taken in Tungsten light and that even the tungsten white balance does not fix it?

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Old Jan 21, 2005, 8:28 AM   #2
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1 - It depends on the definition of "spot." Nikon's spot meter is really small, on the D70 it's 1% of the frame. In On the 20D, it's 9.5%. Both those numbers were taken from Steve's review. Still, nothing is taken into account outside of that area so it is a spot.
2 - Less clear than what? I find that I wish the view finder were brighter and I find that manual focus is not as easy as I'd like. But that could just be me, the light here in winter isn't as good as summer light.
3 - Compared to what film SLR? It is certainly louder than the 10D. I was taking pictures of mergansers yesterday morning, and they were about 75 feet away across some ice. Very quiet. Only once (and not the first time) two turned their head towards me looking alert when the shutter fired.I'm told that it isn't louder than something like an EOS 1N with power-winder
4 - I'm not sure I understand the question. Do you mean when doing closeup (macro) work? Have to ask others as I don't do much macro.
5 - I don't take pictures under tungsten and I use RAW where the white balance in the camera doesn't matter.

Does that help?

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Old Jan 21, 2005, 1:21 PM   #3
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Re Questions:

Point 2: the Precision Matt focusing screen, if you mean that little circle that used to be in film cameras to assist with manual focusing. It no longer exists on the AF cameras. The focusing screen is one clear area with the 9 AF focusing point targets etched on it

Point 3: it is louder than my film based EOS 10s but quieter than the EOS 1.

Point 4: 95% is more than most other prosumer cameras(Film or Digital), only ones with 100% viewfinder are the pro models.

Point 5: same as Eric, I only shoot RAW.

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Old Jan 23, 2005, 6:39 PM   #4
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Heh Guys

Thank you very much for your comments. It really does help

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Old Jan 24, 2005, 2:19 AM   #5
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Misfire on a reply to a different thread... sorry.

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Old Jan 24, 2005, 12:06 PM   #6
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What has that sensor-cleaning link to do with this thread.Absolutely nothing.
You already have another thread running onthe sensor dust problems.

EDIT: :lol:Thought so, couldn't put the two different topics together (added 2+2 came up with 5) :lol:

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