Story   Photographer   Editor   Student/Intern   Assistant   Job/Item

SportsShooter.com: The Online Resource for Sports Photography

Contents:
 Front Page
 Member Index
 Latest Headlines
 Special Features
 'Fun Pix'
 Message Board
 Educate Yourself
 Equipment Profiles
 Bookshelf
 my.SportsShooter
 Classified Ads
 Workshop
Contests:
 Monthly Clip Contest
 Annual Contest
 Rules/Info
Newsletter:
 Current Issue
 Back Issues
Members:
 Members Area
 "The Guide"
 Join
About Us:
 About SportsShooter
 Contact Us
 Terms & Conditions


Sign in:
Members log in here with your user name and password to access the your admin page and other special features.

Name:



Password:







||
SportsShooter.com: Member Message Board

Is your 30D reliable??
Preston Gannaway, Photographer
Concord | NH | USA | Posted: 8:58 AM on 04.09.07
->> Back in the summer, our department bought two Canon 30Ds, to dip our toes in the switch from Nikon. For the most part, I've been happy with mine. Except that in those nine or so months, I've had to send it back for repairs THREE times! The other body just went back to be serviced this weekend for its second or third time as well. Both cameras just stopped powering up - without any reason that we could tell.

I need to buy my own second body, but I'm afraid I'd be crazy to buy another 30D (that's my price range). I guess I'd just like to hear someone tell me that our bad experiences were just a fluke. Has anyone else had really great or bad experiences with their 30D? Because I'm really just shooting with one body, it makes me realize how crucial that reliability is (and to appreciate the Nikon D100.)
 This post is:  Informative (0) | Funny (0) | Huh? (0) | Off Topic (0) | Inappropriate (0) |   Definitions

Landon Finch, Photographer
Colorado Springs | CO | USA | Posted: 10:00 AM on 04.09.07
->> I shoot with a D200 and a 30D...both are reliable for me. However, I don't work at a paper...IF I were putting these cameras through the daily grind of newspaper work, I'd put my money on the D200 because of the build. If sticking with Canon, I'd spring for the MkII for a more solid camera. Since the D200 is about $1300, it looks like that might be the way to go given your budget.
 This post is:  Informative (0) | Funny (0) | Huh? (0) | Off Topic (0) | Inappropriate (0) |   Definitions

Chad McCan, Photographer
Liberty | MO | USA | Posted: 11:30 AM on 04.09.07
->> I have had 3 30d's (still using 2 of them) and they have been rock solid. My newest one has a weird deal with the LCD, it's too warm. The photos are great, but the LCD shows them to be really warm. If someone else were to see it, they would think my whire balance is off, but the photos are dead on.

Other than the fact that they don't AF as well as I would like them to when action is coming directly at me, I can't complain.

I have probably put 100k shutters on one of them. I rotate through them and have extended warranties on them just in case, but never had an issue.
 This post is:  Informative (0) | Funny (0) | Huh? (0) | Off Topic (0) | Inappropriate (0) |   Definitions

Christopher Anderson, Photographer
Machesney Park | IL | U.S.A. | Posted: 12:00 PM on 04.09.07
->> I've been using a 30D about four days a week for the past year and it's been a great performer. The only issue I have is exactly what Chad said, that the AF isn't as responsive as I would like it to be in AI Servo with the action coming directly at me.
 This post is:  Informative (0) | Funny (0) | Huh? (0) | Off Topic (0) | Inappropriate (0) |   Definitions

Corey Perrine, Photographer
Hudson | NH | USA | Posted: 11:21 PM on 04.28.07
->> Preston,
Have you thought of buying a used Mark II? You can pick one up for about 2,000 at this point from SS.com members. Yeah, you have to dig deeper into the pockets but something worth the investment. You probably know all-weather cameras are night and day. My two cents.

http://www.sportsshooter.com/classitem.html?id=17441
http://www.sportsshooter.com/classitem.html?id=17069
http://www.sportsshooter.com/classitem.html?id=17006

Or a 11.1mp full-frame 1Ds for about the same...

http://www.sportsshooter.com/classitem.html?id=17437
 This post is:  Informative (0) | Funny (0) | Huh? (0) | Off Topic (0) | Inappropriate (0) |   Definitions

Ron Bernardo, Photographer
Hamilton | ON | Canada | Posted: 10:24 AM on 04.29.07
->> I have two 30D and still happy with both their performance. The focus is not that great as mentioned, but no big deal since I can adjust personally.

Now that the new MK III will be out soon, the price of a used MK IIN will get lower. That is my next target as an upgrade and I hope you will also look into the same option.

If we can make good pictures using 30D, perhaps we can get better with MK IIN :-)

Just my two cents.
 This post is:  Informative (0) | Funny (0) | Huh? (0) | Off Topic (0) | Inappropriate (0) |   Definitions

Matthew Healey, Photographer
Providence | RI | | Posted: 12:50 PM on 04.29.07
->> I would also second a used Mark II. It does cost more but just the durability alone is worth it. I have shot with a 10D a 20D and a Mark II. The 10D blew a shutter while on assignment twice. The 20D is good but focusing for sports seems to be a bit of an issue. Plus the 10 series are not weather sealed. With the Mark II if I am caught out in a rain or snow storm I dont have to worry if it gets a little wet.
 This post is:  Informative (0) | Funny (0) | Huh? (0) | Off Topic (0) | Inappropriate (0) |   Definitions

Andrew Smith, Photographer
Ross-shire | UK | Scotland | Posted: 2:10 PM on 04.29.07
->> Christopher: "The only issue I have is exactly what Chad said, that the AF isn't as responsive as I would like it to be in AI Servo with the action coming directly at me."

I find that to be the case even with the 1D. I'm using the 300 f/2.8L IS lens and although the focus is pretty much instantaneous to lock on, I regularly get OOF shots when action comes towards me.
 This post is:  Informative (0) | Funny (0) | Huh? (0) | Off Topic (0) | Inappropriate (0) |   Definitions

John Gwillim, Photographer
East Lansing | MI | USA | Posted: 11:47 PM on 04.29.07
->> My 20d have been beat to heck as a remote and regular use camera and keeps ticking. It has far outlasted the shutter on my 1d mkII which had to be replaced at like 50,000 frames and has been hit by basketballs, gotten rained on, ect. and still works like a charm. I have had sero problems with it the entire time and would never hesitate to buy a 30d/40d....ect. that comes along in the future.
 This post is:  Informative (0) | Funny (0) | Huh? (0) | Off Topic (0) | Inappropriate (0) |   Definitions

Nuno Gonçalves, Photographer
Braga | Portugal | | Posted: 12:39 PM on 07.11.07
->> No problems with mine. Of course the AI Servo is not fast as I wanted, but i still can get my shoots. The 1.6x factor is also a major plus for me because I still haven´t $$$ for my 400 2.8 :)

Abraço
 This post is:  Informative (0) | Funny (0) | Huh? (0) | Off Topic (0) | Inappropriate (0) |   Definitions

Add your comments...
If you'd like to add your comments to this thread, use this form. You need to be an active (paying) member of SportsShooter.com in order to post messages to the system.

NOTE: If you would like to report a problem you've found within the SportsShooter.com website, please let us know via the 'Contact Us' form, which alerts us immediately. It is not guaranteed that a member of the staff will see your message board post.
Thread Title: Is your 30D reliable??
Thread Started By: Preston Gannaway
Message:
Member Login:
Password:




Return to -->
Message Board Main Index
Sports and Action Photography by Keenan Wright KDUBYA Photos ::..