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why i switched to external flash

I tried to compare the viewfinders. While they are similar enough in size to make it hard to tell, it seems like the 450D's viewfinder is a little bigger than the 300D's.


Meanwhile, the 450D's viewfinder is noticeably clearer — kind of like switching to a pentaprism (I don't have one on me to do a direct comparison, but this is just to describe the general character of the change) or from the kit lens to a 17-55mm f/2.8. Then again, it could just be my 300D's viewfinder is dirty. Or maybe it's the psychological effect of:

a) Canon claiming it's brighter

b) that lovely nine-point AF layout =)

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Taken on April 18, 2008