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The Prints of Darkness


Dusk presents challenges of deep contrasts and pale colors. The 20D does well with both.
Dusk presents challenges of deep contrasts and pale colors. The 20D does well with both.
That odd moment, when the world’s not sure if it’s night or day. The 20D had no problem with that crazy mix of light.
That odd moment, when the world’s not sure if it’s night or day. The 20D had no problem with that crazy mix of light.
The 20D runs fast enough to catch exact balances of moving objects.
The 20D runs fast enough to catch exact balances of moving objects.
Tugboat at dusk.
Even at ISO 800, this took a tenth of a second. From a vibrating tugboat, of a moving tugboat, only dumb luck catches the moment when the movements cancel each other. The 20D did a dozen like this rapid-fire, yielding one winner.
Canon EOS 20D
Canon EOS 20D

We worked with a 20D for a couple of months, taking it on real-by-gosh working assignments for a maritime publisher. The mariner's day can be as active in the dead of night as it is at the height of day, as orders arrive. Everything's in motion all the time on the water, making slow shutters a problem. We came to the conclusion that at its 800 setting, the 20D gave its most favorable performance in the speed/quality balancing act.

We're guessing the public will find the 20D the most appealing of the three low-lighters, though there's plenty to be said for the two others. Each has a strength the others don't—Ultrasonic Wave for the Olympus, AntiShake for the Konica Minolta, fastest gun in the west for the Canon. But also, Canon did its homework on the details. The camera makes a decisive shutter sound, quite serious in tone, and it's a pleasure to handle in all regards. It's already been proven a winner in sales, but it's one thing more—another step forward for photography's raiders of the lost dark.


   







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