In the good old days when I was shooting film, the Nikons, (the F4 in particular) were my trusted tools. But ever since I have unabashedly embraced digital photography, I have been gravitating towards Canons, the EOS 5D and EOS-1D series, for my professional work. Canon changed the consumer digital-SLR landscape forever when it launched the EOS300D for less than $1000 (about Rs40,000). The ripples forced D-SLR prices lower and Canon put digital SLRs into the hands of people who would otherwise never have considered one. Almost four years later, we have the third generation of their affordable entry-level series available in India—the EOS 400D, aka Rebel XTi in some parts of the world. This new camera is very similar in look and design to its predecessor, the popular EOS 350D. Very compact and relatively lightweight, the notable changes found in the 400D are a two megapixel bump up to 10 megapixels, a nine-point AF sensor, a great new dust removal system and a brighter, larger 2.5-inch LCD monitor with a significantly better 160-degree viewing angle.