Canon EOS 40D and 17-85mm IS lens reviews and prices: SLR camera

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8.8 out of 10 based on 133 reviews.
Canon EOS 40D and 17-85mm IS lens: 10.1 MP (Megapixels), 1x optical zoom, Compact Flash storage, No image stabiliser digital SLR camera. See full product description

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Confirmed purchaser Experienced amateur

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
Everything so far, i work freelance doing varied jobs, from covering dance shows to balls and function events and even portable studio work and it hasn't let me down once. Response is lightning fast, very easy to use (although ive come from a older canon, so first time dslr user may be daunted at first, but as long as u have a greater iq than a soggy biscuit, its not hard to learn your way around the camera) and the menu system borrowed from the 1 series is fantastic.

Lens harbours a usefull focal range and is at its sharpest around the 35mm mark (plus or minus a bit) and focusing is very fast on auto focus, and the lens has manual focus override anyway. The camera fits in the hand very nicely, and for the money it is fantastic value, makes buying the 500d pointless since, in my opinion, video is fad on a stills camera and the 15mp sensor doesn't equate to a 50% increase in resolution. The 40d is more professional, quicker in operation (6.5fps), quicker to use (more dedicated buttons, lcd panel on top which i wouldn't want to do without), and more accurate in everything!
If your considering buying a xxxd and are tempted by the xxd range then spend the extra and be secure in the knowledge that the xxd will last longer, give better results and make you feel a whole let better than have having in comparison some tonker toy in your hand which is what the xxxd feels like.
Bad points:
the lens zoom feels slightly too loose, nit-picking but its the only thing i can think of.
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 10.0
Features 10.0
Build Quality 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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0 of 1 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 24 Apr 2009

Eccles, Lancaster Keen amateur

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
10 out of 10 what else can be said!
Bad points:
Reviewer left no comment
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 10.0
Features 10.0
Build Quality 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 23 Mar 2009

Martin, Chipperfield, Herts

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
A good solid camera with a host of features, but which can happily be used in "auto" (point and shoot) mode to produce good results. Weighty, but ergonomic. I would highly recommend it.
Bad points:
At its widest, the supplied 17-85 IS lens has quite bad aberrations near the corners, especially on highlights. These are quite visable when displayed "full screen" on my 22" monitor (without zooming in). If you are planning on shooting wide then you will definately need a better lens for this purpose.
Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 9.0
Features 9.0
Build Quality 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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15 of 15 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 21 Dec 2008


Score 5.0/10
Good points:
The menu is uncomplicated and easy to follow . The controls are very well positionedand in easy reach allowing the camera to be operated with ease . The view finder is large and bright with good information displayed and i found the focus points very useful. I found the sports mode at six frames a second was excellent for taking photographs of moving subjects and with its continuous auto focus allowed me to capture garden birds on the feeder and select the best picture. The camera is well balanced making it easy to hold steady and when coupled with the image stabilizer lens almost eliminates all camera shake which can be seen through the view finder when holding the shutter release half way down.
Bad points:
Image quality was very disapointing and what I concider to be the most important feature on any camera.
I compared this camera against a compact camera that cost less than half the price and was amazed at how
poor the quality of the pictures were both at close up and long range the fine detale just was not there.I have tried all of the different settings including auto and manual focus, mounted the camera on a tripod ,taken pictures in raw and jpeg,nothing seems to work. I would not recomend this camera kit to any one stick with the camera on your phone as the eos 40d is only slightly better.
Overall rating 5.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 3.0
Features 7.0
Build Quality 8.0
Value for money 3.0
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Confirmed purchase: 15 Jun 2009

Mathew, Shrewsbury Experienced amateur

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
Fantastic features, excellent build quality, great contrast. Included software is very good too.
Bad points:
None really! Other than you will need to buy a Compact Flash card right away, and a bag is a must.
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 10.0
Features 10.0
Build Quality 10.0
Value for money 9.0
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Confirmed purchase: 08 May 2009

Ron, Hartlepool

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
Build quality and overall feel. Ease of use. Features, particularly image stabilisation, sensor cleaning and live view.
Bad points:
Power switch is quite fiddly, so I hardly use it as the auto power save feature enables me to simply leave the camera turned on all the time and it comes alive as soon as I touch the shutter release button.
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 10.0
Features 10.0
Build Quality 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 04 Jun 2009

Confirmed purchaser Keen amateur

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
easy to use menu's
good build quality
fast shooting for action shots
Bad points:
none yet
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 9.0
Features 9.0
Build Quality 9.0
Value for money 9.0
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Confirmed purchase: 01 Mar 2009

Product Features

Camera Type SLR
Resolution (Pixels) 3888x2592
Optical zoom ratio 1
Screen size (Inches) 3
Digital zoom ratio 1
Type of image stabiliser No
Colour Black
Media format Compact Flash
Memory card slot Yes
PictBridge Yes
Macro Mode Yes
Video recorder Yes
Manual Focus Yes
Timer Yes
Weight (g) 740
Flash Yes
Body Only No
WiFi No
Shortest shutter speed (Fractions of a second) 1/8000
Longest shutter speed (Fractions of a second) 1/30
Waterproof No
USB port Yes
Dimensions (mm) 107.8x145.5x73.5
RAW Format Yes
Max. Aperture Lens 1 f3.5-5.6
Filter Diameter (mm) Lens 1 72
Release date 2007-09-04
Height in mm 107.8
Width in mm 145.5
Depth in mm 73.5
Serial Shot Mode Yes
Bluetooth No
Autofocus Yes
Changeable Lens Yes

Also known as: Canon EOS 40D + 17-85mm Lens, Canon EOS 40D 17-85 IS USM

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Manufacturer's Description

Power and versatility in one supremely equipped tool for the discerning photographer. Step up to the challenge of 6.5fps, 10.1 Megapixels and a host of features designed to help you raise your game.


  • 10.1 MP APS-C CMOS sensor
  • 6.5fps, 75 JPEG image burst
  • High precision wide area AF
  • 3.0" LCD with Live View mode
  • DIGIC III processor
  • EOS Integrated Cleaning System
  • Picture Style
  • Magnesium alloy body
  • Compatible with all EF/EF-S lenses and EX

Made to be challenged.

10.1 Megapixel CMOS sensor
Canon’s CMOS sensor gives the camera a wide dynamic range, retaining subtle details in shadow and highlight areas. An improved pixel design and on-chip noise reduction ensure clean, crisp images throughout the ISO range. Images are converted at 14 bits for finer gradations and superior colour reproduction.

6.5 fps shooting
The EOS 40D captures up to 6.5 frames per second for a continuous burst of up to 75 large JPEG images (17 in RAW).

Wide-area AF with 9 cross type points
The high precision AF system employs 9 cross type points for precise focusing on both horizontal and vertical planes. The central AF point offers sensitivity up to f/2.8. Points are spread out across the AF frame to better accommodate off-centre subjects.

3.0" LCD with Live View mode
The bright 3.0" LCD provides pin-sharp definition for checking focus and composition, with 10x magnification for finer details. When shooting from awkward positions, Live View mode gives you the option of framing your image from the LCD.

DIGIC III processor
Fast and highly accurate, DIGIC III processes images at 14 bits for finer colour gradations. DIGIC III minimizes power consumption for prolonged battery life and delivers instant 0.15 second start up time.

EOS Integrated Cleaning System
Canon’s built-in dust prevention and cleaning system works to keep the sensor clean. A combination of technologies reduces, repels and removes dust and includes a Self-Cleaning Sensor Unit that shakes dust from the sensor with each power on.

Picture Style
Picture Style presets provide easy control over image processing parameters. Each style offers a different colour response. Picture Style presets are customizable in-camera or through the supplied Picture Style Editor software.

Magnesium alloy body
A durable magnesium alloy body with environmental seals protects the camera from the rigours of heavy use.

EF lenses and accessories
The EOS 40D is compatible with over 60 EF and EF-S lenses, and all EX Series Speedlite flash units. Wireless shooting and remote file transfers are possible with the optional Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E3.

Video Out allows reviewing on a TV screen. Connect with USB 2.0 Hi-speed for fast data transfers.

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