My 3 1/2 year old 40D, nicknamed “Carrie” because I carry the camera everywhere, just got a younger sister. No name as yet, but I’m sure I’ll come up with something.  Sporting 1.5 times the pixel count of the 40D, the 50D’s giving me some great results already.  Will Carrie get to see the light of day much in the future when not playing backup? Time will tell. With a full frame 5DMkII on the wish list maybe they should both be on their guard. ;^)

As I’ve got some glass coming from the guys at I’ll be giving them their own primary jobs to do on the next shoot, though things may get swapped around time, weather and events permitting. The 40D will be used with the 24-70mm 2.8L or 17-85 f4-5.6, the 50D with the 70-200 2.8L.

With the new 7D and 60D models Canon have blurred the lines between models. It used to be:

  • X000D Consumer, e.g 1000D
  • X00D Amateur, e.g. 550D
  • X0D Semi-Pro, e.g. 30D, 40D, 50D
  • XD Digit Pro, e.g. 1D, 5DmkII

They’ve added 1080P Video recording, which is good. But the 60D doesn’t have the metal body of the 40’s and 50’s, they’ve made it smaller and have dropped CF storage in favour of SD!? They’ve added things like “in camera special effects”. I think someone at Canon has somewhat lost the plot. The 60 does sit perfectly between the 550D and 7D, but in my book the 7D should not have been a single digit camera due to it’s lack of full frame.