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Old 04-08-2009, 11:47 AM
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350D or 20D beat for imaging?

What would be the best for astro imaging, 350D or 20D.
I don't know a lot about Canons
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Old 04-08-2009, 11:58 AM
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David,

You can't go wrong with either.

From memory, they're both the same sensor, but the body of the 20D is a lot better built. RB, if you're reading, chime in!

In the meantime, head on over to dpreview.com and use their side-by-side comparison tool for a specifications overview. Note: both cameras will appear in the discontinued models list.

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Old 04-08-2009, 12:12 PM
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One of the biggest differences is the weight.
The 20d being a few hundred grammes heavier.
It's much more robust, if dropped, it bounces rather than cracks.
It also has Mirror Lockup, which is very handy at times.
But if you're reaching critical mass on your mount, the 350d would be the best choice.
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Old 04-08-2009, 12:19 PM
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David,

You can't go wrong with either.

From memory, they're both the same sensor, but the body of the 20D is a lot better built. RB, if you're reading, chime in!

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Yep pretty much the same, the 20D does pip the 350D a little with image quality but it's nothing dramatic.
The build quality is better on the 20D and if I had to choose it would be the 20D.
Mike (Icy-pole) upgraded to a 20D and loves it !

Saying that, I've always liked the 350D over the 400D and if price comes into it then go for the 350D.

You can get either one fairly cheap 2nd hand now.

If you're after a really good DSLR then hunt around for a 40D, I believe it's the best prosumer crop body Canon has made to date.

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Old 04-08-2009, 12:43 PM
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At the rate at which technology changes, you're better off with something that does the job, so you can replace it in a year or two. Investing in something expensive ties you down a bit more.
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I ask because I know where there is a few canons with faulty circuit boards for cheap. As I am an elec tech (amongst other things) I could have a go at fixing one at the same time do a IR filter job with some of the articals that are on IIS.

I have not imaged for about 15 years, where I built my own CMOS camera.
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Jeanette,

The 350D also has mirror lockup as a custom function.

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