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Custom Parameter Sets (contd.)

Sharpness

As we have come to expect from Canon's digital SLRs the EOS 20D's default sharpening level (0) is fairly conservative, although this time if you use the camera 'out of the box' it will use a sharpening level of +1 (default preset Parameter 1). As I commented in my EOS 10D review I think that this setting needs the widest range of adjustment (and doesn't yet have it).

Sharpness: -2
Sharpness: -1
Sharpness: 0 (Parameter 2 default)
Sharpness: +1 (Parameter 1 default)
Sharpness: +2

Black & White mode

The EOS 20D features a new Black and White parameter set. In this mode you can choose the B&W filter and toning effect in addition to contrast and sharpness. The sample below was produced from a single RAW file converted by EOS Viewer Utility with different B&W settings (the same result as taking multiple shots in each B&W mode). In addition you can also add toning to these filters. Place your mouse over the label below the chart to see that image.

Color B&W:
None
B&W:
Yellow
B&W:
Orange
B&W:
Red
B&W:
Green
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BobFoster

The main thing I want from camera performance is to not notice it, and the Canon EOS 20D passed that test. It shot when I wanted to shoot, focused when I wanted something sharp, and let me look through images quickly when it was time for a break. With the 20D, I never had to waste time and miss shots waiting for the camera.

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