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I've owned the 30E version of this SLR for just over a year after finally taking the plunge (into my pocket) and ditching my cranky old Pentax.
As my first advanced SLR purchase, I cannot sing the praises of this camera highly enough. It has all the features that I was looking for -aperature/shutter priority modes, manual mode, exposure compensation, evaluative metering, depth of field preview - plus a whole load of other features I didn't know I needed but now couldn't live without. The more advanced features, based on pro-SLR capabilities, include: eye-control technology, that allows you track a moving subject across the focusing grid; 13 custom controls, such as a flash shutter settings, automatic bracketing, flash compensation; and all this in a very compact but sturdy case (more like the EOS3 than the plasticy EOS300 consumer SLR) that is not quite the uncomfortable size and weight of the pro-end SLRs in the Canon range.
The only complaint I'd have is that it's not as fast as the higher end EOS cameras, but that's not much of any argument given that this is aimed at a bit lower in the market. It's certainly a sensible place to start if you're looking to progress your SLR photography but aren't ready to commit your cash to one of the more expensive models. In it's price range, this one is excellent value for money and a great work horse.
For anyone new to the Canon EOS system/SLR photography in general, it's worth pointing out that this is a type of camera takes separate lenses and there are an enourmous range available. Also, it's not worth choosing this over - say - the EOS 300, which is much cheaper and easier to use, if you're just thinking of dipping your toes in the water. The EOS 300 is a much better choice for the beginner or occassional user.
Price range: £350 (body only), £450+ (bundled with lens/lenses). Lens Fitting: Canon EOS (will take Tamron, etc. with the EOS fitting).