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Canon EOS 40D | Digital Camera Review | Camera
The Canon EOS 40D still looks like a real EOS SLR in the middle segment; the appearance of the 40D does not differ a lot from its predecessors. The design of the handgrip, the buttons for the top LCD, the command dial on the left and the main command dial on the back make the Canon 40D look very familiar. 'Why change a successful concept?', Canon must have thought. Still Canon did make some alterations to the 40D.
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Canon 40D DSLR - Operation buttons
Naturally the most remarkable difference is the large LCD screen on the back of the camera. The 3-inch of the screen hardly leaves any room for the operation buttons. The buttons that were found on the side before have now been moved to below the monitor except for the menu button that has been moved to the top of the camera. The prominent position of the Picture Styles button is remarkable. Canon obviously consider this a major setting. A newly added button is the AF-ON button top right from the thumb grip. It lets you manage the focus independently from the shutter release, which comes in very handy when shooting action pictures.

Canon EOS 40D SLR - Viewfinder & Live View
You will only notice when looking through it; the viewing angle of the viewfinder has considerable been improved. It puts itself on the same level as the EOS-1D series' viewfinders apart from the fact that the top models offer a 100% field of view and the Canon 40D 95%. Live View on the other hand offers 100% field of view. The standard matte glass is fine and manual focus is easy. A new feature Canon invented in this class is the fact that the matte Ef-A is interchangeable with 3 different types of matte on the Canon EOS 40D. I am very pleased with the fact that the ISO sensitivity remains visible in the viewfinder and that you are now able to change ISO without having to take the camera away from your eye. It is a true joy! Also visible in the viewfinder is a warning when the camera is still in Black&White mode. This would not be a disaster if you are shooting in RAW but it would be in JPEG. The only thing I am lacking here is reproduction of the metering used.

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Canon EOS 40D flash - Speedlite 580EX II
You can place an external flash on top of the beautiful viewfinder and the hot shoe has been designed to offer environmental sealing when you attach the new Speedlite 580EX II to it. The buttons for the top LCD are familiar but they have been moved from their old position to a new spot. It needs time to get used to if you are used to working with an EOS 30D. The command dial on the left has three dedicated buttons for storing your own preferences. The C1, C2 and C3 buttons let you program your own settings for more ease of use while shooting.

Canon 40D

Canon 40D - Handgrip & Lithium Ion battery
Also the position and the sealing of the external interfaces have been changed and improved. They are better accessible and better sealed at the same time. The camera uses a BP-511 Lithium-Ion battery which lives in the handgrip just like is the case with its predecessors. Canon is offering two optional grips for the EOS 40D that need to be attached to the bottom of the camera and offer a second shutter release button and operating elements. The simplest one, the BG-E2N hides a second battery or a set of AA batteries. The second handgrip is the WFT-E3 which is a WiFi adaptor at the same time. This is a beautiful solution to equip the camera with more functionality. The Canon WFT-E3 also has a USB port for connecting a GPS. In my opinion the port for a GPS should be standard integrated in the body, but then, we still want something to wish for…
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