550D or 40D?

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ThierryWasserman
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550D or 40D?
Jun 16, 2010

Hi,

I'm in some ways new to DSLRs, as I never owned one. I was an avid film photographer 15 years ago, but lately have had a bunch of compact digitals. However, optics is not really out of my field, as I have worked with imaging systems and have even had to design lenses and had them manufactured for work.
Decided it's time to buy a DSLR but am on a budget.

Here in Israel, I can find the 40D and 550D at prices that are not too far from each other. I like the fact that the smaller size of the 550D, but it feels a bit cheap in hand. The 40D, with its more professional design, weatherproofing, and top LCD seems like the more serious choice even though it is bulkier and heavier. Video is completely unimportant to me, although smaller size is a plus.

Any comments?

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