EOS 10D Accessories &
The EOS 10D may use
any of the 50 plus Canon EF lenses (but not EF-s) and most other
EOS system accessories. If you're tempted by a used third
party lens, try it before you buy. Most older Sigma and
Tokina lenses will not work without a new ROM chip.
Island Cranes EOS 10D & EF 70-200 4L
The typical "normal"
zoom of the film era,
28-70 or 28-105, isn't wide enough
for scenics and groups shots due to the EOS 10D's 1.6x cropping
factor. However the
24-85 3.5-4.5 USM
is an excellent general purpose starter zoom. This
lens is approximately equivalent to a 35-135 zoom in
the 35 mm format, an wonderful range for scenics,
travel and portraits. It's worth paying a little more
for better optics, distance scale, silent AF motor,
faster AF (internal focus), metal mount, manual focus
override and faster aperture. If you're a wide angle
buff, you probably won't even consider an EOS 10D.
However, the EF
17-40 4L USM
(28-65 equivalent 35 mm coverage) is kickin' if you
desire a moderately wide zoom, bulletproof
construction, have bucks to burn and don't mind a
little bulk. Be forewarned the EF 17-40 4L USM
blocks the popup flash on the wide end so don't buy one unless
you own a Speedlite.
EF 24-85 3.5-4.5 USM
An ideal walk around lens for the EOS
10D (black available)
The EF 24-85 3.5-4.5
USM and EF
70-200 4L USM
complement one another well and make an excellent kit
if you need additional reach.
I shoot lots of
verticals and can't imagine using the EOS 10D without
the Battery Grip BG-ED3, affectionately known as "Big Ed." The vertical shutter release,
AE/FE lock, main input dial and focusing point
selector make shooting verticals as easy as
horizontals. It also sports a tripod socket and set of
lugs for a handstrap or neckstrap. The additional grip
surface improves handling and balance with larger
lenses and flash units.
EOS 10D/BG-ED3 combo isn't as comfortable as the EOS 3/PB-E2
combo. However it does fit relatively snugly.
Like the Elan 7E/BP-300, I can feel a small amount of
play when I grab Big Ed for verticals with telephotos.
If you go on long shoots, you'll appreciate the ability to use
BP-511 batteries. Unfortunately, the Battery Grip BG-ED3 is
plastic and lacks the tactile elegance of
the magnesium 10D. With
better made than the BG-E2 for the EOS 20D/30D.
Big Ed (Battery
Grip BG-ED3) Big Ed makes shooting verticals
Canon is overly
optimistic about battery life, estimating 650 images
on a single charge! Shooting RAW with a small embedded
JPEG (ISO 100), a new Canon BP-511 yields
75-100 images with 2 second review and no popup flash.
A SterlingTrek 511 yields about
500 images. Needless to say, you'll
want another BP-511 battery for
travel or long shoots. A completely exhausted battery takes about
recharge. Postscript (12/2005): Canon BP-511 batteries
are only good for one to two years of moderate use.
Expect to buy spares every year.
An electronic cable
release is available, the RS-80N3, for exposures
requiring vibration control. Fortunately, it's more
beefy than the wimpy remote switch for the Elan and
Rebel series (RS60-E3). The RS-80N3 behaves exactly
like the shutter button: half depress locks AF and
exposure and full depress fires the shutter. You may
trip the shutter from 2.6 feet away. The RS-80N3 is
also used for the EOS 3, 1V, 1D and 1Ds.
The remote port is on
the left side of the camera under a rubber boot. You
simply peel the boot upwards to reveal USB, video and
remote ports. The cover is attached
to the camera with a rubber hinge, so there's no chance of losing
it. This design is more convenient than the tiny
plastic caps on the EOS 1V and 3. The RS-80N3 snaps in
the port quickly and easily, but fits only one way.
Unlike earlier EOS designs, the RS-80N3 is easy to
connect in the dark. Of course, you should practice
connecting it during daylight before venturing into
As a chrome shooter
that prefers late afternoon landscapes I have a few
pertinent observations. First, the CMOS sensor is
similar to slide film in terms of exposure latitude
and photographic range. Specifically, the CMOS sensor
can record images with about a 5 stop range from
shadows to highlights. Thus, contrasty scenes--e.g.,
landscape with setting sun--are beyond the ability of
the sensor to fully record. If you're used to the extreme latitude
of negative film, you'll have to refine your metering
technique. Something has to go,
either shadow detail or highlights, and herein lies
To make matters worse, highlights
are easier to blow out than slide film! Thus, you'll need
to place important highlights at one extreme of the
photographic range (far right of histogram) and let
the mids and shadows fall where they may. The good
news is shadow detail is fairly easy to recover with a
little fancy dancing during RAW conversion and
Photoshop tweaks. Nevertheless, the 10D is at its best
in the soft, even lighting of overcast days, open
shade or in controlled studio lighting.
Tillamook Bay EOS 10D & EF 24-85 3.5-4.5