Pro Spec at Affordable Price.
Build, Focusing, Features, Controls
Canon EOS 40D
Now superceded by EOS 50D, the 40D was aimed at Serious Amateurs as opposed to Pros. The main reason for this was the absence of a full frame sensor and the less than pro price tag. If however you can forgive the camera these 2 facts then what you are left with is a professional spec camera with a 1.6x magnification factor and plenty of money left to equip it with a decent lens.
The first thing you notice about the 40D when upgrading from its consumer siblings is its weight and feel. Gone is the light plasticy feel for a more convincing solid build. The increase in exterior controls is a plus too with the ability to quickly change the majority of your settings quickly without having to mess about trawling through menus.
The other advantage of this camera is it's ability to quickly focus and lock on subjects in more difficult lighting conditions which is the difference between getting you shot in one take or missing that once in a lifetime shot.
I have had this camera for over a year now and am not remotely tempted by any of it's more expensive counterparts and would highly recommend it to anyone.