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Canon EOS 40D 10.1MP Digital SLR Camera with EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Standard Zoom Lens
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Welcome to the next generation of digital SLR photography-the Canon EOS 40D. The EOS 40D combines Canon's tremendous know-how in both the digital and photographic worlds, creating a camera that not only does everything one would expect of a traditional digital SLR, but one that incorporates staggering leaps forward in technological innovation. With new features like Canon's EOS Integrated Cleaning System, Live View Function, a more powerful DIGIC III Image Processor, plus a 10.1-megapixel CMOS sensor, a 3.0-inch LCD monitor and more, the EOS 40D elevates digital photography to new heights, enhancing the shooting experience, and delivering images one could only expect from a Canon. EOS Integrated Cleaning System, Picture Style settings, Spot metering, and Highlight Tone Priority for advanced in-camera image control Large 3.0-inch LCD monitor and advanced Live View Function with new options for reduced shutter time lag and quiet operation Wide range of accessories, including interchangeable focusing screens, extensive remote control options, new battery grip BG-E2N, and new dedicated wireless file transmitter WFT-E3A DCF 2.0 (Exif 2.21) - JPEG, RAW and RAW + JPEG simultaneous recording possible - up to 3,888 x 2,592 resolution JPEG Auto and manual exposure and focus modes Shutter Speeds - 1/8000 to 30 sec. (1/3-stop increments), X-sync at 1/250 sec. Auto pop-up, retractable, electronic-flash in pentaprism Dimensions (W x H x D) 5.7 x 4.2 x 2.9 inch (Body Only); 26.1 ounce

Features:
  • 10.1-megapixel CMOS sensor captures enough detail for photo-quality poster-size prints
  • Kit includes body and EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Standard Zoom Lens
  • Large 3.0-inch LCD display with enhanced Live View and broadened color gamut
  • 6.5 frame-per-second continuous shooting; sRAW mode; 35-zone metering system; integrated Self-Cleaning Sensor Unit
  • Powered by BP-511A, BP-511, or BP-512 lithium-ion battery pack; stores images on CF cards

Customer Reviews:

  • Custom functions make this camera a breeze to use
    I have owned this camera since June 2008, prior to this shot with Canon's PowerShot G2. So my review is based on upgrading from an old but still very good point and shoot camera with manual controls to a modern SLR. Since there are obvious difference between the two I'll concentrate on some of the features I like: Custom setting (C1,C2,C3) and the My Menu setting.

    The 40D has a multitude of options available, highlight recover, iso noise reduction, mirror lock up, bracketing, live view, etc... but generally you don't need all of these options all the time, that's where the custom setting function comes in handy. Swapping between different shooting profiles is as easy as turning the dial.

    Another feature I like is the My Menu setting as you can put your "favorite" menu items on this page giving you quick access to them as some of the settings are a few menus deep in the system.

    Learning how to use the 2 features above to your advantage makes the camera that much easier to use.
    ...more info
  • Excellent Camera and Amazon Service!
    Excellent price and service. Only minor complaint is the packing from Amazon was less then perfect. Packed in a large box, but camera was packed in one corner of box, all padding was off to the side. Coming from a 300D and 10D, this camera is a big improvement! I highly recommend the 40D with all the discounts available right now....more info
  • CF card is missing in Canon Camera package
    Dear Sir or Madam:

    Threr is not CF Card in the Canon EOS 40D 10.1MP Digital SLR Camera package. What I should do? Thank you....more info
  • get more for your money
    read the reviews, and there all right, great cam for the money, fast for sports, great for modeling, and for anything... stop thinking about it and buy it...more info
  • The perfect upgrade from an XS/XT series camera.
    I have a Canon Powershot A720is and a Canon XSi, and was planning to upgrade to the Canon 50D until I read the mediocre reviews that camera was receiving. So, I took a closer look at the Canon 40D, and was impressed by the findings of several technical review sites. I went to a local camera shop to look at the 40D and was impressed by the many different customizable settings I could make to it, and holding the 40D made my XSi feel like a cheap plastic toy. Pick up a 40D and you know you are holding a real camera. The photo quality of the 40D is excellent, even though the pixel count is slightly less than the XSi; the picture quality of the 40D appears better to me. The Auto-Focus is noticeably better than my XSi, and as least as good as my A720IS (What? Yes, my A720 has excellent, silent auto-focus capability!). There is a bit of a learning curve, but most of the features can be picked up by just using the camera and reading the instructions. I can certainly recommend this camera to anyone who takes his or her shooting more seriously than just 'point and shoot'. Also, the camera is 'Made in Japan' (not China). The included Canon software is excellent; I now shoot almost exclusively in RAW, rather than just JPEG, and use the Canon DPP software (included) to process those photos. This is the way to go if you want to get into more serious photography! I purchased my 40D body at the same time as a Canon 70-300mm IS USM lens, a perfect combination of camera/lens for nature and portrait photography. ADDED: A few minor complaints after using the camera for a while: First; as an eyeglass wearer, the viewfinder information is located a little distance below the viewfinder view, causing me to move my eye from one to the other, rather than taking it all in at once, and the view is vignetted. When I remove my glasses this isn't a problem, but I prefer to keep them on. Second; there isn't a viewfinder shutter for taking live view or long exposure photos with my eye away from the viewfinder. Instead, Canon includes a cheap, flimsy rubber cover that requires me to remove the eyecup to install it. It is time-consuming and antiquated. It is stored on the neck strap and the neck strap weight causes it to stretch and come off the viewfinder sometimes. I finally took it off the strap and tied it to my tripod with string since I will use it only when the camera is on the tripod. It reminds me of the good old days when we carried a piece of electrician's tape to cover the viewfinder. Finally; the self timer indicator light cannot be disabled. Mounting the camera on a tripod and using the self timer is a great way to take rock-steady macro shots, but that bright yellow flashing light can scare the insects, lizards, etc. So I cover it with electrician's tape! In spite of these minor gripes, this is still a great camera, just not as great as it could be. ...more info
  • Canon 40D with 28-135mm IS Lens, Superb
    I've owned SLR cameras for many years. I've used this camera with the Canon 1.4 50mm lens, the Canon 70-300mm IS lens and the Canon 28-135mm IS lens that was included with the kit.

    The 40D is an excellent camera. Focusing is very fast, dynamic range very wide, and ISO noise is very controlled and useable to ISO 3200. ISO range that is extended and fairly noise free is a real advantage during low light photography. I've found that many historical sights in Europe have limited lighting and flash photos are not allowed. It is in these settings that stabilized lens and expanded ISO capability are the difference between an excellent picture and one that is really unusable.

    The 40D is very well made. It and all of my Canon lens are labeled made in Japan. Many of the Canon 40D competitors are built elsewhere. Japan in many circles is still considered the premier manufacturing location for ultra high quality complex electronics. This reputation was a factor in my choice of Canon line. The 28-135mm IS lens focuses very very fast, is quite sharp and the zoom range provides nice flexibility while minimizing the distortions that are present in higher range lens.

    The Canon 40D is rugged, designed to professional standards, takes great pictures, is very flexible and should last for many many years. Highly recommended....more info
  • 40D vs 30D
    I have a 30D and bought the 40D as a 2nd Camera. I like the 40D in terms of color and quality. The thing I do not like about it is that you cannot change the ISO in P/TV/AV mode like on the 30D. It does have great stability when shooting close-up items. I get good clarity. The colors are more vibrant. It seems like Canon was trying to make it think more for you. I prefer to set my own settings in other modes than in M. I do have to fudge with the exposure more in low light situations. Overall, I like it, but would consider a better upgrade in the future....more info
  • Just what the photographer ordered at a better price
    Great camera! Perfect the advanced amateur and the beginning professional. A great camera to grow with as well. the camera is managed by buttons on the back rather than an involved menu. Hence it is easier to learn and easier to make adjustments while shooting. I upgraded from the 20D and it was worth the price of admission. With the introduction of the 50D, prices on this model came down. the bigger LCD is great and so it the option to magnify an image before moving on.
    I would highly recommend this camera.Canon EOS 20D 8.2MP Digital SLR Camera (Body Only)...more info
  • feels smooth and solid in your hands
    I've owned this camera for about 6 months now and love it. I use it as a primary with a 30D as back-up and shoot sports with a Sigma 120-300 2.8 lens. The 6.5fps shutter speed ensures I get the perfect shot and the metering is spot on. I debated buying the 50D when I purchased this camera, but after considerable research I am convinced the pixel density on the 50D is so great, my image yield would be marginally better especially considering I am shooting at fast shutter speeds and high frame per second rates. ...more info
  • Great camera.
    Great camera for the price. It's not often you can get a prosumer/semi-pro camera for less than $1,000.

    The camera is comfortable to hold and has a sturdy magnesium alloy body. It takes better pictures than my Rebel XSi even though I use the kit lens and 55 to 250mm IS telephoto lens I used from my Rebel.

    Not perfect. The LCD could be a little bit brighter, and the limited Live View could be a little less cumbersome, but all in all it's a great value....more info
  • better than i could have even imagined
    I upgraded from an xti, so all around was impressed. a ton of new features and the shutter speed is awesome. there is no waiting to take a shot. this camera is a must have!...more info
  • Too big and heavy!
    I gave my wife a Canon 40D for Christmas. When it arrived, I was amazed at the weight of the product. My wife now doesn't even want to charge it and try it out, so this review is no reflection on the quality of the photos. It's just that she couldn't imagine lugging that big heavy thing around Europe strapped to her neck. Therefore, if she kept the camera it would need to be reserved for "art" photography, a pretty expensive item for such limited usefulness.
    It also seems very complicated to learn to use. My wife has a history with pre-digial SLR's and has taken college classes on photography, so she's no novice, but Amazon recommends a 324-page book on the camera's use, and that's quite a large commitment....more info
  • A work horse
    What can I say about the Canon 40D that hasn't already been written in dozens of photography magazines and web forums? Probably not a whole lot! LOL!!! If you are seriously considering this camera, chances are you are already familiar with the brand if not the model by now so I will just highlight the things I've found useful and the things I have found annoying about this camera (and YES, there are some things I've found annoying).

    First let me say that for a "mid level" DSLR, the piece of equipment is, as my review title states, a serious work horse. Having stepped up from a Canon Rebel XT, which was a great DSLR in it's own right, I was quite impressed with the quality, both of the camera itself and the images it creates right out of the box. My first gripe however is that after using my XT for a while, I found the 40D to be rather bulky and cumbersome. If you are just stepping up to a "pro" level camera from something like a regular point & shoot or if you are like me and simply have small hands (or as in my case, both!), this is something to be aware of. The best analogy I can give is to be used to driving a small compact car like an old Chevy Chevette and suddenly finding yourself behind the wheel of a '56 Buick Roadmaster! It's large, it's heavy and it feels rather awkward. Personally I also find having the info LCD on the top of the camera instead of the back of the camera to be...well...stupid. I really don't like having to stop and "tilt" the camera upwards just to read my settings. There is a button on the back to use the rear screen for this, but it's an extra step to have to do it...I thought the lay out of the Rebel XT was much nicer in this regard.

    Now as I said, the image quality this camera produces makes the annoyance of the camera's size and poorly placed info LCD well worth dealing with. Even with my "cheap" third party lenses, the images that have come off this camera have been superb. I've cropped images at close to 100% that have still been very printable. Also I shoot in mostly Aperture Priority mode and I've found the camera to be pretty much right on the nose most of the time. Speaking of crops, another thing to be aware of is that this camera does have an APS-C sized sensor (NOT full frame) so there is aprox a 1.6x crop factor involved with the lenses. Not a complaint mind you, but something to be aware of. Please note however this IS just a crop and not an actual zoom factor...and there IS a difference.

    And speaking of "IS"...this leads me to my second gripe. If you are already familiar with Canon, then you should know by now that they have not yet started to incorporate IS or "Image Stabilization" into their DSLR's the way many of the other camera makers have. As such, you usually have to pay a great deal extra for this feature as most Canon IS lenses are rather expensive. In fact with the exception of a couple of recently introduced EF-S models, Canon IS lenses start around $600 and the sky is the virtual limit compared with many other brands with many of their lenses costing several thousands of dollars.

    All and all, this is a great camera but it's not "perfect" in the way some Canon aficionados would have you believe. Another minor gripe was that moving up from my XT I had to purchase new spare batteries all over again as the "Rebels" and their higher end counter parts use different batteries...even though both are Li-ion. The same is true of many of the accessories as well...I had to get a new remote, the vertical grips aren't compatible, etc., etc.. If you already own a Rebel, this is something to be aware of as you'll have to replace all of these accessories that you've already shelled out cash for!

    Now after reading this I'm sure you're asking, "With all these issues, is it worth it?" and the answer is yes. I've gotten shots with this camera that simply would not have been possible with anything else I've ever owned (digital or film). The focus is fast and accurate, I've had no compatibility problems with any of my lenses (although I do have one fussy flash unit from ProMaster that still won't work with it) and once you get used to it, this camera has a lot of very useful features, such as Highlight Priority, etc.. If you already own Canon EOS gear (remember, this bugger won't work with FD equipment) then it's a very worth while upgrade considering the price drop. If you don't need the high ISO's of the new 50D or the full frame wonders of the 5D Mark II, then the 40D is a wonderful investment and should serve you well for many years....more info
  • well worth the money
    had a rebel xti previously and i thought rebel gives me very nice photos but when i experienced the 40d i just can't believe how much clearer and better the results. i really like the size too, i have a big hand and now i got a good grip of the camera unlike with rebel half of my palm is like hanging. also the camera has some nice extra features like you can put it on high iso and it has built in noise reduction which you can turn on and off. really nice if you're not into flash photography. there's a lot more nice features in it, i have to say it's really worth the money....more info
  • A Solid Piece of Equipment
    I've used this camera for over a year before switching over to the Canon 5D Mark II and writing to give an overall impression of the camera after roughly a year of usage. Which is positive.

    Build quality is excellent. It's taken a fall a couple hundred feet down a hill in Kerry Park in Washington attached to a battery grip, tripod, and a 70-200mm f/4L lens and still turned on and functioned properly. However, the chasis at its base received some trauma and i forced the thing back together with a screw driver resulting in its inoperation. Got it repaired to good working order from Canon after a couple weeks turn around and a bit of money.

    The way the camera feels is excellent. It's sturdy. Lofty in a way (compared to my 5D mark II). Easy to adjust settings on the fly without much thinking. When I shot manual, I'd hit the thumb wheel for my aperture, then I'd fine tune the shutter speed with the top dial. All while eyeing my subject through the viewfinder eyeing the light meter for proper exposure. If i needed extra ISO. Easy push of a button for that then cranking the top dial. The overall layout for the camera was very well thought out and I was quite happy with it.

    I've taken well over 5,000 photos with it. Has a good burst rate and excellent center focus. Fair dynamic range and photos are good from ISO 100-400 with no signs of noise changes.

    3 inch screen is excellent. I've used live view many times to compose my landscapes and still lifes when angles were difficult.

    The camera has now become a back up to my 5D mark II (which is surprisingly lighter).

    I've used this camera for street photography, travel, landscapes, and people. ...more info
  • Don't worry about the Canon 50D - buy this camera!
    If you are ready to move up to a DSLR and appreciate the great optics/ low light performance of Canon cameras, then the Canon 40D is a great choice. I have been shooting since I was 5 Y.O. (and that is a long time). I have used 120 film, 35mm and now digital SLRS. I have owned Kodak, 2 Olympus, 2 Nikons and now 2 Canon cameras. I have been exclusively using Nikon and Canon for the past eight years. The Nikons were comparable in build quality and functionality (and lens quality) to the Canons but the pricing clearly was not - so the value proposition is clearly with Canon. Most recently I was shooting with a Canon 20D with which I traveled quite a bit. I have many great enlargements from these trips on our walls. I loved that camera faithfully until I started using the 40D.

    I was given a Canon 40D as a gift and I couldn't be happier with the results I am getting. The quality of the images are noticeably better and I feel I have more latitude in how I approach the subject matter I perfer to shoot. There are many improvements in use (menus and controls), metering improvements (accuracy and spot metering), speed (6 FPS and much faster start up) and new features (live view and programming improvements)that have made a great difference in my photographs. I am shooting more and have recently bought an Epson R1900 printer (terrific!)to have better control over the entire process.

    I was concerned, as you may be, that the Canon 50D was available but if you take the time to read the comparative reviews (make sure to do your internet research) you will find that the increase in MP produced perhaps inferior or limited performance at a higher price. If you believe in Canon and don't want to spring several thousand more for a Professional DSLR then you won't make a mistake in buying this camera - especially with the recent price reductions. You can put that money toward a great lens! ...more info
  • Poor Image Quality, Soft Images, Horrible Canon Support
    I would not recommend this camera. I have been a Canon EOS buyer for over 20 years. But this 40D is the worst Canon camera I have ever owned. It has been to Canon for repair 3 times and every time they say it is fixed, but it is not. It has been to the Senior Engineers who say it is normal. I have two professional photographers who have used my camera that agree, this is something wrong with this camera. Canon support is useless if you have a problem. The will just blow you off until your warranty expires. Search the web for 40D soft images and you will see what I am talking about. This series of camera has issues. Stay away from it. And from what I have read, the 50D is not any better. Do yourself a favor and buy Nikon or Sony. Canon EOS cameras are only good if you can afford the $4000 cameras....more info
  • Awesome!
    This is a great camera, it can do everything you need, even to get your photos published. I now have > 30 photos published in top scientific journals and books using it. Owned mine for < 1 yr now, it's great!...more info
  • Canon 40D
    I purchased the Canon 40D last month. I had a Canon XTi, but wanted a better camera. I found just what I was looking for in the 40D. I also got a great buy through Amazon....more info
  • Good camera.
    I don't own one yet, but i have used the Canon 40D and i really like it. I'm a beginner, and I currently own a XTI. It's been a very good camera. No problems with it so far. Comparing the two, i think they are both equally matched in quality. Granted, the 40D has more features, but both are good. I don't have a big desire to purchase a 50D(due to reviews and what i've seen), but i can't say alot till' I try one. The 40D has very good picture quality, live view, 6.5(almost 7) Fps continous shooting, and much more. If your upgrading, it's worth the upgrade.I'm looking foward to getting my 40D when the time comes. ...more info
  • Great pro-starter camera.
    This is a great camera for someone wanting to get started in professional digital SLR photography. It's going to be a great backup camera for us as well, it does decent in low light and not much issue with noise, though 3200ISO is pretty much unusable due to the high noise, but 1600ISO is quite acceptable if you have to get the shot. Great price now too and well worth it. Though I don't understand why people buy these cameras thinking they'll do better than a point and shoot if they're never going to take it out of Auto mode, and never going to by an external flash. If you plan on using this camera like a point and shoot consider getting the G10 instead, as it's an awesome little pocket camera and does right for the job! :)...more info
  • Lovin it
    I finally pulled the trigger on a camera to upgrade from my XT. My XT served me well over the past 2 years but I have really outgrown that camera. I couldn't really justify the extra ~300 for a 50d so I ended up with the 40. I couldn't be happier. There isn't much I can say that hasn't already been said. It's a great camera, solid construction and takes great pics.

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  • I LOVE IT!
    The quality of the pictures is amazing. The more I use it, the better, the picture. There is so much to learn, but that is what makes this camera so fun to use. Very easy to learn on. ...more info
  • Great product, terrible packaging
    This camera is superb; I'm in agreement with most of the other comments here.

    I'd strongly suggest getting David Busch's book "Canon EOS 40D Guide to Digital Photography". Personally, I think it's required to get the most out of the Camera; it complements the manual superbly.

    My only complaint was in the packaging used in the shipping. The camera box was poorly covered in bubble wrap, so it shifted out of that during shipping. Honestly, guys, is using a little tape too much to ask?

    Even worse was the fact that the UPS box was partially open when it was taped shut. The camera was CLEARLY visible to anyone who looked at it.

    Why not just put a great big "STEAL THIS $1000 camera" sign on the box and be done with it?

    I've noticed no problems with the camera since it arrived, but I think I got lucky. So check your camera very carefully when you get it.

    I'm dinging this 1 star solely because of the terrible shipping packaging. Otherwise, great service and a great price.
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  • My first DSLR
    After doing 2 months of research on this and some other cameras, I finally took the plunge and bought this gem - my first ever DSLR (I owned an a film Olympus before this).

    I must say I am amazed by this camera and what all it can do. I must also mention that I got an amazing deal on the camera - I got it for $660 after all taxes and shipping and everything that you can imagine from Costco, so I am even happier about it.

    I bought the legendary 24-105 f4 IS lens (from Amazon) to go with the camera, and I am blown away by the results....more info
  • Top notch
    I replaced my Rebel XT with this beauty, well worth every penny. This camera is built like a tank, has plenty more features than my XT and pictures look way better , I was expecting almost no change in IQ however I have to say I am pretty impressed as they look indeed better....more info
  • A great all around camera/lens combination
    I'm not going into all the lurid details, but this is a GREAT camera and the 28-135 IS is the lens I use day to day with it. It gives a very good range of focal lengths and the IS feature helps with the camera shake at slow shutter speeds that all zoom lens suffer from.

    My only caveat is that they're a bit heavy together. Not nearly as bad as some though!

    If you can't afford the 50D this is an amazing value and the images are superb. I've printed up to 12x18 with this 10 Mpixel camera and had good results. Depth of colour and sharpness are first rate.

    I recommend it highly....more info