Summary: I waited years and years and years to buy a used 30D and I'm not disappointed in the slightest. It took a while for what I used to know about "real" photography to come back, and I had to stop looking for the various dials I remembered from film cameras. I leave the 30D set on "M" for "Manual" and I'm happier than a clam in mud at high tide, as my mother used to say. I bought the inexpensive Canon 50mm 2.8 lens which fit my budget.
Summary: Allow me to answer the question at the beginning of this review for those who aren't inclined to read the whole thing: the answer is a resounding "probably". If you are an advanced photographer, you probably aren't looking at the 30D anyway (unless, like me, you needed an emergency DSLR), but for the following list of people, this is an EXCELLENT place to start: - New photographers - First time DSLR owners - Students or anyone on a budget - People looking for a cheap...
Summary: Love this camera. I'm an intermediate photographer, it works well for me. I bought it after reading tons and tons of reviews and I'm glad I did. It doesn't have all the bells and whistles that newer models come with, but as an introduction to DSLRs, it's a great camera for the price.
Summary: Great camera for beginners. On of the best features is the wifi. If you have a pixma printer connected to your network, you can print straight from your camera. Good pics. It is a little more on the complicated side for beginners but a good learning SLR camera for the money.
Summary: I am a pro photographer and you see my photos in many books. The photos have to be crisp, clear, and jump off the page. I have used this model for many years in the past and made a lot of money with it. I got it back again because I needed one that has less bells and whistles than the more modern ones. It is less complicated. And the photos it takes are just as good as the newer models. And being several years outdated, I got it for a song.
Summary: Performed as I would hope it would.Use of the spot metering and 1/3 stop ISO alone has enhanced my finished work.I cut my shooting teeth so to speak on a Canon XTI,which I captured some amazing shot,however missed my share to , the 30D with a better view finder metering system ,5 frame per second creates alot more keepers.Post production I noticed the photos from the 30D seem to have a cleaner edging more true life,where the XTI is softer,not bad thing I just look at it...
Summary: I've have a 20d for several years and the improvements the 30d brought to the table I wanted so bad for so many years...larger screen, more snaps. This is a pro camera. Any one who has a good prime Canon Lens or the 55-250 zoom lens or the marvelous 40mm 2.8 pancake, get this body. My Lord, for around 200 bucks you can get the greatest Canon lens for the money on this earth.
Summary: Camera has only around 8MP, but still is capable of good pictures. While it doesn't compare to newer models like the 60D (which I now own as well), it's great for the price conscious buyer and can definitely get the job done. The auto focus isn't as advanced, lacks live view, and can't take as many super fast consecutive shots as new models, but for most purposes and for the reduced price, this isn't a big deal.