Excerpt: I have owned the canon 30d for several years now. I got it new with a 55mm lens kit. the first couple years the camera took excellent photographs. The design is very good in this camera and the battery life is also pretty good (I am not a heavy user of flash tho) The user interface is easy to navigate and the camera is packed with options and features. It is a good size for a travel trip but it was also advanced enough to handle my wedding shoots.
Summary: Unfortunately you only find 63% discount on STBR cameras. This one is undoubtfully an extra fine pro-am camera with very nice features that has been around for 5 years now. Even today, 8mp is more than you'd normally need, unless you require extra large prints. You are getting a very fair value for your money. The problem will arise in a few months once you find out that the camera has been discontinued and service and parts have become scarce and expensive...
Summary: Great camera, for the first three weeks, when it worked. Battery life is unbelievable. Used for over 1000 shots inone day, with well over half of them with flash and did nothave to recharge.After a few uses, it died and is in for third repair. Worked for three weeks, has not for three months, and canonwill not extend the warranty for the 25% of the year it hasnot worked.
Summary: Still, the flash creates a huge shadow from my lens, EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM. This was a big problem with the 20D and still is with the 30D. I had to buy a 580ex to overcome this problem. Yeah I know stupid me, why reward them for not fixing a huge problem known by them before introducing this product. Otherwise the camera is very well built and sturdy. I upgraded from a plastic Rebel, big difference in the quality of the LCD.
Summary: I bought a 30D along with the 580ex flash. I have always bought Canon products (point-and-shoot, SLR film). I used this product for a couple of weeks and thought it did have some limitations. The biggest drawback was underexposed flash images in full auto mode. The most frustrating part was that they look great on the screen during review but, when you look at them on the computer, they are very underexposed.
Summary: I purchased the 30D from B&H in late July and liked it immediately, but I noticed the auto focus was sometimes completely off. Then in October, I noticed that the shutter/mirror was hesitating and/or getting stuck. I mailed the camera back to Canon and got it back in a few days with a letter saying the shutter/mirror operation was repaired and theC-mos was cleaned.
Summary: I find it hard to understand how a review from an expert who once shot for National Geographic can give an accurate review on a product that is not in the hands of the other advanced photographers. And, who relies on pirated software for his professional work. While the initial reports are that the 30D is a refined 20D with features not on the 20D (of which I have a 10D & 20D), I see from the specifications that all (including battery pack) all are standard Canon...