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I am new to this forum: New Xti or New 20 D for $200 dollars more?
I am a long time lover of photography who desires to get back into this wonderful art form again after years of being away. I have become excited about the quality of images that can be captured with the recent advances in DSLR's. I thought that I had made my mind up to buy the Xti after weighing the options and the large price difference and then I found that recently the 20 D can be bought new for $800. I am familiar with the rebel xt but have no first hand knowledge of the 20 D. I have read that the additional megapixels of the xti don't really equate to a better image... That the 20D has features that give it better color and iso performance and that it is more user friendly with better and faster access to the controls as well as a much more solid build quality and much longer shutter life.

I don't know what to believe. While I am a little hesitant to buy the old technology of the 20D over the xti... I realize the 20D is more of a camera in many waysHas anyone owned both cameras and used the same lens on them to give good opinions about the AF speed and quality of these two cameras? I ask you kind and helpful people who have an educated first hand knowledge of both of these choices to help me decide... If you were choosing between the 20D and the Xti for your only DSLR, which would you choose? I don't want to shoot snap-shots I want to develop my skills as a photographer and grow towards the art. Thank you all for this wonderful resource and for your help ...

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Alumen wrote:.

I thought that I had made my mind upto buy the Xti after weighing the options and the large pricedifference and then I found that recently the 20 D can be boughtnew for $800. I am familiar with the rebel xt but have no first handknowledge of the 20 D..

Read 20D review below:http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/canoneos20d/Below is 20D &30D comparison (not much difference):http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/canoneos30d/ &http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/canoneos30d/page20.asp.

I have read that the additional megapixels ofthe xti don't really equate to a better image....

Right..

That the 20D hasfeatures that give it better color and iso performance and that itis more user friendly with better and faster access to the controlsas well as a much more solid build quality and much longer shutterlife..

Right..

I have read people claim that each of these cameras has abetter AF than the other... I don't know what to believe..

Believe the specs. Both have 9 AF points. Expect exactly same performance on this count..

While I ama little hesitant to buy the old technology of the 20D over thexti....

Old! It has larger buffer, better burst mode, top mounted LCD, better build, better view-finder, ISO3200 mode. (Only thing lagging is size of LCD .

And another thing: If you like to shoot Raw than 20D will perform better. Nevertheless image processing technology development results in somewhat better JPGs out-of-camera for xTi. Mor me it is not a deciding factor as I prefer shooting Raw. With 20D's buffer, it is as fast as shooting JPGs..

If you werechoosing between the 20D and the Xti for your only DSLR, which wouldyou choose?.

20D any time by wide margin, if I could find one as new at the price you mention. (Make sure it is brand new and not a defective or refurbished one.)Best Wishes, Ajayhttp://picasaweb.google.com/ajay0612..

Comment #1

Forgot to mention that 20D has larger battery life too..

Ajay0612 wrote:.

Alumen wrote:.

While I ama little hesitant to buy the old technology of the 20D over thexti....

Old! It has larger buffer, better burst mode, top mounted LCD, betterbuild, better view-finder, ISO3200 mode. (Only thing lagging is sizeof LCD .

Best Wishes, Ajayhttp://picasaweb.google.com/ajay0612..

Comment #2

Thanks again. You have helped me see more clearly that I wanted the 20d. Found this at amazon through Beach camera.... 819.00 for a new in the unopened box 20d without a lens..

Http://www.amazon.com/...UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1193416161&sr=1-1..

Comment #3

Alumen wrote:.

Thanks again. You have helped me see more clearly that I wanted the20d. Found this at amazon through Beach camera.... 819.00 for a newin the unopened box 20d without a lens..

But 3 years down the line, the venerable 20D seems just a bit too pricey at $800... when the 40D is going for $1000 (in Japan, I don't know what it's like in the states). For $500ish, I would say go for it. I would recommend a small camera with the focusing accuracy of the 20D, ie the XTi, and for less than $500 (again, Japan pricing), it seems like the logical choice if build quality doesn't matter. Then again, I wouldn't sell my 20D to "upgrade" at this point....

CW..

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Ajay0612 wrote:.

I have read people claim that each of these cameras has abetter AF than the other... I don't know what to believe..

Believe the specs. Both have 9 AF points. Expect exactly sameperformance on this count..

Number of AF points is not a measure of AF performance. Canon claims that the 30D has improved AF over the 20D, and the 400D/XTi shares it's AF with the 30D. The difference is in the focusing firmware - as far as I know there is no hardware difference. The 40D AF system is further improved, in hardware this time, but still has 9 AF points...

Comment #5

The 20D is a very old model now, personally I wouldn't consider it even for the same price as the 400D. I can see that some people would be sufficiently attracted by the larger body that they would forego all the improved features of the 400D, but no way is it worth $200 more...

Comment #6

My cousin has the 20D, and I have to admit I like the ergonomics of it significantly better than the XTi that I've been looking at acquiring..

However, the XTi gives me two things that the 20D won't:- Dust removal system (I'm still learning and figure to change lenses - a lot)- Money to spend on lenses.

Frankly, the XT (or even a lowly 300D) will take great pictures. Don't get convinced that you need the best body you can afford to learn, and take shots that you'll love. The currently awe inspiring 1D MKIII is going to seem old and clunky in 2-3 years..

Those sexy white tubes with their pretty red necklaces on however, are good darn near forever...

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