|Canon EOS 350D - Menu
Everything is controlled from the back of the camera, except for the exposure settings. The main functions have their own button so it's easy to change things with pressing once! All other functions are in the well organised menu. And thanks to the comprehensible colour system you will find your way in no time.
Canon EOS 350D - Focus points
The Canon EOS 350D features some seven focus points. To select them you have to activate a button top right and the four buttons or the dial will let you select the desired point. The buttons will show you to the right direction, the dial will lead you to a certain pattern. In practice I would swap between those two. Next to the button for the focus point we find the exposure lock. When this button is pressed the exposure remains locked. You don't have to keep pressing the button. In order to unlock the exposure you press the button next to it, or you just wait 8 seconds. The exposure lock on the Canon EOS 350D functions as flash lock at the same time, when an external flash is connected. This flash lock is very handy, although the use of it has become less essential with the E-TTL II.
|Canon EOS 350D - Auto focus
The auto focus on the Canon EOS 350D is extremely fast. Also when using lenses without built-in focus motor, the so-called USM lenses. The focus points are well divided which enables covering almost the whole viewfinder's view. Light metering strongly depends on the selected focus point if you use the evaluative metering. This could turn out to your disadvantage, for example in a high contrast situation. Being a photographer you have to constantly be aware of what you are doing! In general the metering turns out correctly.
Canon EOS 350D - Viewfinder
The viewfinder shows sufficient information; you don't have to look elsewhere to see what is happening. It is rather strange though and it surprised me a bit that the buffer only shows 9 images where it contains many more. A small error. Other than that, the viewfinder is fine. A bit small, but I guess that is normal in this class. A large viewfinder would not stay within the budget.