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Reviewed: Canon 350D

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On a recent trip to Cambodia, i took along my previously drowned Canon SD55. as always, i must have a spare and at least a full sized camera for the more anticipated moments. For a trip as unique as Siem Reap, i bought the "new" Canon 350D dSLR which we mentioned back in April 2005. Being a huge SLR fan, i've waited years before an affordable and near professional camera. so after reading, waiting, reading, waiting for many generations of dSLR, i have finally found one which i liked. i thought the larger, more expensive dSLR's were a tad too large for me. i like to move around, never in one place and so a bulky camera would not be ideal. even the 300D was a tad large for me. when i saw the form factor of the 350D, i knew it was the one.
it's a very easy to use camera, with all the features of a manual SLR. i found the Program mode to be best, as all features are available. my second choice would be the Sports mode, as many things happen too fast around me, and the faster shutter speed and continual auto-focus is amazing. in the ruins of Ankor Wat, time is at a stand still, in fact i felt that i've traveled back in time. there were very few tourists in most of the smaller temples, making them photographic havens. the benefit of having a digital camera is obvious, as i love to shoot and re-shoot from all angles. Siem Reap is such an amazing place, and the forest that engulfed the ancient ruins totally took my breath away. You can see from the sample photos that the weather was ideal for touring but not for photos. nevertheless, my Canon performed well and with a little exposure compensation, i was happily shooting rocks and wood. the response time for the 350D is super fast. i easily captured animals and vehicles alike, sunrise and light rays, dust and dirt all the same. from turning on the camera to taking my shot, the camera was never the rate limiting factor.
the hand grip has been scrutinized for being too small, but i find it quite nice to be able to completely grip the camera. i do agree that any thinner and it might be hard to hold, but having pretty large hands myself i did not find it bothersome.
the reason i chose Canon over Nikon is because i have been using Canon SLR's previously and have a host of lenses. unfortunately, the one lens i brought with me did not work well. there was an error when i tried to focus and shoot with it. it is a Sigma telephoto 80-300mm bought over 10 years ago. for some reason, it can not focus and virtually useless. luckily, the kit lens was good enough for my taste and i didn't have any problems with the camera otherwise.
i would advise to buy the softcase which attaches to the camera and shields it from the elements. this way, there is no need for a camera bag on travel and provides the fastest way to unsheath and shoot. other hands on recommendation is that this camera tends to make photos slightly over exposed. i had to mess around with the exposure and what not most of the time. i'm sure that for regular use, the photos will be perfectly normal, but Cambodia is a bright place...
since then, i've used the camera to photograph my sister's cat and my parent's dog. i find that the sports mode is perfect for both the sleeping cat as well as the jumpy dog.
in anycase, i quite enjoy looking through the lens of an SLR camera once again. now with the added benefit of being digital, it's time for more photo hunting! you up for that equiptrack? the black and white option is also new on this camera which should be great fun to use. i am a mac user, and not a photo tinkerer, so i get what i shoot...
anyway, i highly recommend this camera to anyone in search of an entry dSLR that can take on the big boys. if you don't want to pay for a 20D (and who would these days?) then the 350D is equally good. i've tested them both out and i don't find much in difference between the results. you can check www.dpreview.com for reviews of most dSLR cameras. [equipbug]

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6:12 PM

ha, glad u finally made ur decision. 350d is a sweet piece of tool, tho it havent convinced me to upgrade from 300d. the only thing i hate about canon will be the lack of AF assist lamp.    



7:09 AM

yeah, it's awesome. i'm thinking of upgrading the lens. i'm not too satisfied with the performance of the EF-S 18-55. we'll see. there's a promo going with Canon, where you get 1000 back for buying a lens. seems like a good chance.    



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