|Canon EOS 30D SLR - Aperture & Shutter speed priority
The most important photographical functions can be directly set on the Canon 30D, just as one would expect from a camera in this class. Consequently, you do not always immediately have to resort to the menu. The Canon EOS 30D aims at a very broad audience: from amateurs to the (semi-)professional photographer. That is why the Canon EOS 30D DSLR offers a so-called green mode and icons, as well as aperture and shutter speed priority and a manual exposure. Personally, I often use the aperture priority, mainly as it allows you to directly control the depth of field. In practice, this is a great asset that really helps the user steer and control the image content at any time. It should be said that the P mode offers more control than the green mode. Even if you really want to do everything automatically, working in the P mode would still be recommendable. This mode at least gives you the impression that you are not merely using the Canon EOS 30D as an auto snap-shooter. The large variety of exposure programmes makes the Canon 30D an ideal camera to gain a vast share of practice and experience with. It allows the photographer's skills and insights to grow.
Canon 30D SLR camera - Light metering systems
The Canon EOS 30D offers four light metering systems to ensure a proper exposure. In practice, the multi-segment metering, or as Canon calls it: evaluative metering, will be used most often. This is only logical; it is after all a clever system that will produce a correct exposure in most cases. The puritans will most likely prefer centre-weighted metering; which is one of the oldest metering systems built into a camera. This does, however, require a certain amount of practice. The same goes for the partial metering mode; which has an area of 9%, and most certainly also for the spot metering; which has a 3.5% viewfinder at centre. The spot metering mode is a welcome addition, which could not be found on the EOS 20D.
Canon EOS 30D d-SLR - ISO sensitivity
The Canon EOS 30D offers a sensitivity that standard runs from ISO 100 up to ISO 1600 in 1/3 increments, with the additional high value of ISO 3200 available through the menu. Throughout the entire range the Canon EOS 30D produces excellent results. Photos taken at ISO 800 of even ISO 1600 can be easily used and virtually free of digital noise. Even though they might not be entirely of the same exceptional quality we found in the Canon EOS 5D, the high ISO values easily overshadow those of its main rival, the Nikon D200. A new feature on the Canon 30D is the extensive noise reduction. The camera itself already produces such noise-free images, however, that the noise reduction isn't entirely necessary, and only has a modest effect. The noise reduction can be deactivated, always active when working with slow shutter speeds, or works automatically with slow shutter speeds and high sensitivities.
Canon 30D digital reflex camera - Picture Style
A remarkable setting is the Picture Style, which we recognise from the EOS 5D and the EOS 1D Mark II N. It should however no longer be compared to the parameters as seen on the Canon EOS 20D. Each Picture Style has its own group of settings for sharpening, contrast, saturation and colour tone. Black-and-White images offer the option of simulating a colour filter (green, blue, orange, etc.). This saves you the hassle of using separate colour filters. The true effect of the Picture Style is most noticeable when taking photos in RAW format and reviewing stored images in the Digital Photo Professional software, which is standard supplied. In addition, it is possible to create your own Picture Style for the Canon EOS 30D digital SLR camera. It might take a little practice and experimenting in order to create a satisfactory end result, but once this has been achieved you are able to set the image perfectly, according to your own, personal taste.
|Canon EOS 30D digital SLR - White balance
Naturally, there are several other settings, besides the Picture Styles, that play an important role in a good colour rendition. One of those significant settings is the white balance. The automatic white balance generally functions impeccably. The Canon EOS 30D features several pre-programmed settings, an automatic and a manual white balance. As said, the automatic white balance is perfectly in order. If you prefer a slightly warmer or cooler image, the white balance can be easily adjusted. A series of images with a different white balance for every photo (bracketing) is another of the available options. It is precisely this variety of settings that is of particular value to the (semi)professional photographers.
Canon EOS 30D digital reflex camera - Menu
Starting the menu of the Canon EOS 30D will not cause many surprises or confusion for those who are already acquainted with the Canon EOS cameras; it will all look familiar. The entire menu has been designed according to the Canon EOS camera standards and offers a major asset: it is available in many languages. Enabling users to read through the many setting options in their own language is the perfect solution and is considered an exceptionally user-friendly feature. The Canon EOS 30D is now equipped with a larger display, which also greatly benefits the menu. The menu consists of a long page, through which the user can swiftly navigate by using JUMP.
Canon EOS 30D digital camera - JPEG & RAW
The images can be stored in JPEG format, but of course it is also possible to store them in RAW format, or even in both at the same time. The amount of JPEG settings (compression) is limited, but does suffice for a camera in this class. Personally, I would always choose to work in RAW format, as this offers a significantly larger amount of correction possibilities, which can be used in case something hasn't gone as planned. In addition, this format enables the user to freely explore all possibilities and options. Nowadays, Canon also have an excellent RAW converter in the form of Digital Photo Professional, which is supplied for free and offers the user extensive options and possibilities. It should be said that taking photos in JPEG also produces good quality photos. Canon use outstanding algorithms, resulting in photos free of artefacts. JPEG does require the user to have set everything perfectly. The colour space, for instance, which offers the choice between AdobeRGB and sRGB. If you intend to edit the photos in Photoshop afterwards, you can easily decide to switch off the sharpening and adjust it there later. If you wish to do as little as possible, the standard sharpening of the Canon EOS 30D is an excellent choice. It is virtually always balanced and never excessively present.
Canon EOS 30D digital SLR - EF lens
The Canon EOS 30D digital SLR camera comes as a separate body, or as a kit with an EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 II. This is an improved version of Canon's first 18-55 EF-S lens. Considering its price-tag, it certainly is a decent lens and it does form a nice price/quality combination with the Canon 30D. Nevertheless, it remains wise to invest a little extra in the lens, and purchase, for example, the EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM.