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post #1 of 11
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 I bought a Canon 40D for $799 last year about a month before xmas.  I watched for quite a while as the price on all camera equipment just kept falling day by day before I finally decided to pull the trigger.  Was thinking this year I'd get another body and lens, so have been watching the prices.  

Nothing!  The 40D just stays locked at $1114.  With new cameras out (7 D) I originally thought I might even be able to pick it up for under the $799 I paid for it last year.  Perhaps the weak dollar has something to do with it, but not that much.  What do you think gives?  Surely they're not banking on strong spending patterns over the holidays.  
post #2 of 11
40D was on sale last year because the 50D was new out. (the same reason the 5D was discounted back then was because of the 5D MkII)
The 7D is a different animal that stands on its own.

I doubt if you'll see a discount on the 40D or 50D until the 60D comes out. (The dollar isn't particularly weak right now - it's about 5% down on a year ago, but still up about 20% on two years ago)
post #3 of 11
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Fox, it's not just the 40D, it's all the equipment.  Same thing with lenses too.  Last year they all were heavily discounted.  I bought my 70-200 f4L IS for $849.  It's currently $1132.   I could have bought the canon 100-400 L for $1199.  It's currently $1610.  We'll see if they drop any as we get closer to santa day, but it seems weird.  Like I said, and you supported, the dollar is not low enough account for it.  

Interestingly, on a side note, the 50D is selling for less than the 40D.  
post #4 of 11
Price hikes like that sound like it's your shops pushing it up to make a bigger profit.
50D is nice, but you're probably better sticking with a 40D for now.
I'd like to add a 7D to my collection, but reckon I'd be shot if I did. Instead, I'll start saving hard for a 1D MkV (which will probably be out by the time I can afford it)

The 7D is an excellent prosumer sports camera - very fast AF and fps, and you've got HD on it too. I've played with the HD on my 5D MkII and it's very good
post #5 of 11
You might see some BF sales, but after that I would wait until after the holidays.

Keep an eye here for deals. Slickdeals is awesome but if you think SAC and TD suck your wallet.....well, you have been warned.

In general cameras are like any other electronics. You get more for less with each new gen.
post #6 of 11
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MattL, I hadn't seen that site before.  Thanks for the link. 
post #7 of 11
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Fox, the 5DmkII is a well reviewed full frame camera.  Are you happy with yours?  So far my crop 40D has been great, I've captured some stunning images with it (along with that 70-200 f4 IS, which is a fantastic piece of glass), and I like the extra lens length it provides, but at some point I know I"ll be wanting to play with full frame.  As I buy new glass I find myself trying to avoid putting much money into crop only lenses because I see full frame in my future. Cameras will come and go, but the glass will stay with me a good long time. 
post #8 of 11
I love my 5D MkII - I've taken several photos with it at ISO 6400 in very low light and been happy. I've also taken some action shots, and the frame rate is good - but that's where crop sensors will always win - they can get a higher frame rate. The 7D also has the advantage of the next generation AF technology which makes it great as a sports camera.

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0.017 sec (1/60)

Aperture:

f/2.8

Focal Length:

24 mm

ISO Speed:

6400




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Exposure:

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And for a bit of close in stuff...

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post #9 of 11
Thread Starter 
Nice shots, Fox.  24-70L 2.8 on the first two I assume,,, but what on the bottom one?  You have one of the 70-200's don't you?  2.8is?

I'm really impressed with what I'm getting from my 70-200 4.0L is. 
post #10 of 11
Correct all round - 24-70L f2.8 & 70-200L f2.8IS
The f4.0L is probably a better lens because it's a lot lighter, so it can be held steadier, making the IS work less, but if you can put up with the size/weight of the f2.8L, it's a great lens.
I guess it's about having the right gear for what you need - just like skis.
post #11 of 11
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Update.  I picked up a 40d.  They've jumped up to $1200 on Amazon, but I bought this one on Ebay for $700.  Brand new.  The guy bought it at Circuit City when they were going out of business and never used it. 

For those interested, there seems to be quite a few 40D's up for sale on Ebay right now, because people are selling them to upgrade to the new 7D.  The 40D is a great camera, many like it better than the 50D.  Right now you can pick em up with a few thousand shutter clicks for 5-6 hundred dollars, which often gets you some extra accessories you don't get with a new one too. 
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