Canon EOS 40D review

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Canon EOS 40D review

Canon EOS 40D review

The Canon EOS 40D camera was introduced in the summer of 2007 and, at the time of this writing, can be considered obsolete. Nevertheless, the 40D is an excellent device that can in our 'gigapixel'time to delight good picture.

Example photo on camera

Example photo on camera. Helios and colorful pencils.

By today's standards, the 40D has a modest 10 MP matrix, while it takes pictures of 3888 X 2592 (total 10.077.696 pixels). In fact, the same matrix is ​​used on the camera. Canon 400D (without Live View and ISO H 3200 mode) and on Canon 1000D (without ISO H 3200 mode). 40D became the first Canon APS-C camera, which was able to use Live View (20Da do not take into account, because it is designed for specific work).

Sample photo

Sample photo

The camera refers to Live View as 'Live Viewfinder'. Live View turns on with a slight delay, but the display does not freeze during operation. The inclusion of Live View can be programmed to the central button of the control wheel, you can also perform a 5- or 10-fold increase in the image area, and the area itself can be selected using the joystick. But the 40D has one problem when working with Live View - in this mode, automatic contrast focusing does not work (for focusing, the mirror must be lowered, and the Live View mode is off). Full 'normal' focusing with Live View is new to Canon 450D.

Example photo on a Canon EOS 40D camera

Example photo on a Canon EOS 40D camera. Native model of Radozhiva.

The 40D uses a very meager ISO range from 100 to 1600 units, which can be expanded to ISO 3200 (labeled ISO H on the camera). There is a function of automatic ISO, although it uses a range of values ​​from 100 to 800 units, it does not work in manual control mode exposure and has no settings. If auto ISO has been enabled, the ISO always becomes 400 when switching to 'M' mode. The noise level at high ISO values ​​is not good :(

Example photo at maximum photosensitivity

Example photo at maximum photosensitivity

Also in the 40D, a 9-point focusing system first appeared, all of which were cruciform. Subsequently, the same system was used in models Canon 50D и 60D, and as the basis for phase focusing in 650D и 700D. When working with 40D, I did not observe any problems with focusing.

Sample photo

Sample photo

40D is the first Canon camera to use a 3-inch display, although it has only 230.000 pixels, but 3-inches give a completely different feeling from viewing the shot material than 2.5 inches from its predecessors.

Sample photo

Sample photo

A very strong point of the Canon 40D is burst shooting. The maximum shooting speed is already 6.5 frames per second... Faster than 40D at one time filmed only professional 'ones' - 1D, 1D Mark II (1D Mark II N). It's very funny that the successor to the 40D is Canon 50D and especially 60D shoot slower. Even new Canon 70D, according to the speed of burst shooting, is practically no different from the old 40D.

Deserves special attention frame buffer. If you disable all the functions that improve the image programmatically, then it is placed in the buffer:

  • 14 RAW + JPEG L shots
  • 75 JPEG L shots (unheard of)
  • 17 RAW shots
  • 20 sRAW shots (2,5 MP)

When using fast memory cards, the series length is significantly longer frame buffer... If you enable the functions: 'Priority of lights',' Shimmer. for lasts. shutter speed ',' Shumopod. at high ISO ',' Highlights priority ', then, for any selected image quality, only 6 images are placed in the buffer, after which the camera starts to slow down.

It is also nice that 40D uses 14-bit color depth in RAW files, the files themselves weigh 8-15 MB.

Sample photo

Sample photo

Canon EOS 40D weighty, sits well in the hand. The body is made of magnesium alloy. With the optional monochrome display you can always access the basic functions. Unlike Canon 30D, in the new model, some of the buttons located first to the left of the display have moved under the display.

Sample photo

Sample photo

As expected of an advanced amateur camera, the Canon EOS 40D has a number of useful features and capabilities.

  • Minimum excerpt The shutter is 1/8000 s.
  • Studio flash sync connector, video output, USB, remote control connector.
  • The camera uses large and fast CF memory cards, I used a 32 GB card without any problems.
  • System for cleaning the matrix from dust.
  • Viewfinder with 95% coverage and 0.95X magnification. The camera supports interchangeable focusing screens.
  • You can use baht. WFT-E3, WFT-E3A, BP-E2N and BP-E2 blocks.
  • Measurement exposure based on a 35 zone element.
  • There is a function bracketing exposure и white balance.
  • The camera shutter is rated for 100.000 operations.
  • Built-in flash with a guide number of 13 and shutter speed 1/250 s sync
  • Many other useful little things.

Here link to the archive with the originals - 230 MB, 20 photos. You can see more photos taken on the Canon 40D in the lens review Canon Zoom Lens EF-S 18-135mm 1: 3.5-5.6 IS STM.

Example photo on a Canon 40D

Example photo on a Canon 40D

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Despite its age, the Canon EOS 40D remains a highly functional camera that can handle a myriad of photo tasks without requiring high ISOs. At one time, the 'forty' was just an amazing camera.

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Comments: 193, on the topic: Canon EOS 40D review

  • Mr. Boggy

    There was a dilemma, whether to take it or a nickel, I chose a nickel. In 40s and 50s, the color is very saturated, similar to 400d.

    • Mr. Boggy

      The brown shades of the camera fade into pink, especially noticeable on high ISO, the pinkish sparrow came out.

    • Boke Bratyunya

      And how do you like the nickel?

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