Summary: I have owned a Canon Rebel EOS film camera for many years and have enjoyed it. It has taken many great photos and provided wonderful memories. Needing to upgrade to digital, I asked a professional photographer for a recommendation. He suggested the D30. It is easy to program and takes great photos. Similar enough to my film camera to be easy to use and take the photos I want. Very glad I purchased this model.
Summary: Oh man. This is a phenomenal camera for the prices you can get it for now. I'm used to shooting with a Canon digital T2i, and suddenly shooting full-frame with a professional body and the hocus-pocus of ECF was an eye-opening experience. It's built like a tank, nothing like the cheap plastic of the Rebel line. It's solid, fast, and it feels dependable in your hands.
Summary: This camera was the best investment in my photography that I could have imagined. Without the cost and concern of film and processing, I was free to make as many photos as I wanted, and to adjust the settings to learn about the effect of such control. With my EOS lenses, my existing investment was prolonged. I have printed and posted much of my work, and the quality has met or exceeded local labs.
Summary: You need to take a lot of pictures to become a better photographer, and you need to learn from the pictures that you take. You get immediate feedback from this camera. I've owned mine now for over a year and I can see the vast improvement in my abilities. The biggest drawback is its slowness, and the second is that you have to multiply your lens by 1.6 to get the true focal length.
5000 pictures and I am still wanting another D-30 camera
Lavar H. Riniker "LHR", Amazon
25 November 2002
Summary: I purchased a D-30 from Amazon last year and I previously had been using a Digital Nikon. The improvement was monumental in all aspects. I subsequently drowned my camera, and I am getting ready to repurchase another D30. They are not ready for water yet? I have taken approximately 5000 pictures and saved them all in the most usable format and I will continue to do the same.
Summary: I recently moved into the prosumer level of digital. The Canon D30 has proven to be an awesome camera. There maybe better (D60), but if you are serious about digital, the D30 has to be one of the best cameras for the price. There is a slight lag between shots, but if you are not photographing speeding bullets and express trains, the time between shots is hardly a distraction.
Summary: A wonderful choice for advanced amateurs, especially those who already have EOS lenses and flashes. The resolution is high enough for any consumer application, and the firmware updates from Canon solve many earlier glitches.
Summary: I used it at my school once, but I did not find it worth the steep price tag. I would reccommend sticking with a cheaper megapixel camera which has the same photo quality, though it may lack the bells and whistles.