The included EF-S lens has a manual focus ring and a 35mm equivalent focal length of 28-90 mm. The camera includes all the usual automatic settings and the features of a manual D-SLR camera.

The biggest thrill when using a D-SLR camera of this caliber is the instant gratification of capturing just about anything as it happens. The mechanism, glass, controls, memory and CMOS sensor account for the increased cost but it's so much more satisfying to use a tool that actually works the way you expect it to.

For example, we tested a Canon G2 camera a few years ago. At the time it was a fairly expensive camera at $500 or so. The G2 took excellent pictures and included many of the same picture taking settings found on the EOS 20D camera. However, it was slow. Today that's still the major drawback of most point and shoot digital cameras. They take excellent pictures but they're slow and if your timing is just right you miss the shot. With the Canon EOS 20D you're not likely to miss many shots and the ones you do take will do the subject justice.

Canon uses a magnesium alloy body for the 20D that is both lightweight and strong. This camera feels rugged, balanced and not overly bulky. It's superior in fit, finish and feel to competing cameras such as the Nikon D70. The included EF-S lens has a modest focal length of 28-90 mm and doesn't draw too much attention. In a professional setting one can choose from a variety of Canon EF and EF-S lenses for nearly any application.

The Canon EOS 20D is an instant classic. If you are in the market for a professional level digital SLR we highly recommend you consider the EOS 20D. It's combination of superior ergonomics, processing speed and quality is very competitive in the $1000-$1500 price range.

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