Hands On: Canon EOS 40D

It's like meeting an old friend for the first time.

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Canon EOS 40D with Sigma 300 f/2.8 ISO 400 1/3200 @ f/2.8 (JPEG). The EOS 40D focused quickly and accurately, even with a third party lens on this long-reach scene.

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Canon EOS 40D with Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro. ISO 400 1/2000 f/4.5 (JPEG). There are great color gradations and detail in this macro shot.

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Canon EOS 40D with Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro. ISO 400 1/2000 f/4.5 (JPEG). The 40D paired with this macro lens was fast enough to keep up with scuttling fiddler crabs!

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Canon EOS 40D with Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro. ISO 400 1/2000 f/4.5 (JPEG). There’s so much great detail to be seen with a macro lens!

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Canon EOS 40D with Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro. ISO 400 1/2000 f/4.5 (JPEG). Those are individual grains of sand on the legs and back of this fiddler crab!

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Canon EOS 40D with Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro. ISO 400 1/2000 f/5.6 (JPEG). There’s very good color detail throughout this scene, from the foreground to the hazy background.

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Canon EOS 40D with Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L. ISO 400 1/2000 f/5.6 (JPEG). Not surprisingly, we had to switch to manual focus to grab this shot of an egret through reeds.

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Canon EOS 40D with Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L. ISO 400 1/2000 f/5.6 (JPEG) . There’s just a touch of blown highlights on the back of the wader’s shirt in this high-contrast, hazy day scene.

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Canon EOS 40D with Canon TS-E24mm f/3.5L ISO 400 1/4000 f/5.0 (JPEG). We used spot metering to expose for the wood grain in this tilt-shift study.

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Canon EOS 40D with Canon Canon 70-200 f/4L ISO 125 1/250 @ f/4.0 (JPEG). Just a typical morning in midtown Manhattan as the street vendors head to their favorite locations. There’s great detail throughout this scene.

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Canon EOS 40D with Canon 70-200 f/4L ISO 1600 1/60 @ f/4 (JPEG). We took this photo of Bailey in both JPEG Large/Fine and RAW. This is the JPEG shot with minor adjustments made for display.

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This is a 100% pixel view of the JPEG image, with no noise or sharpening adjustments applied in Adobe Photoshop CS3.

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This is a 100% pixel view of the same area from the RAW file with no adjustments made in Adobe Photoshop.

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This is a 100% pixel view of the JPEG image, with no noise or sharpening adjustments applied in Adobe Photoshop CS3.

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This is a 100% pixel view of the same area from the RAW file with no adjustments made in Adobe Photoshop.

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This is a 100% pixel view of the JPEG image, with no noise or sharpening adjustments applied in Adobe Photoshop CS3.

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This is a 100% pixel view of the same area from the RAW file with no adjustments made in Adobe Photoshop.