Canon has announced that the company will discontinue its EOS 20Da
digital SLR later this month. The camera --
a version of the EOS 20D optimized for astrophotography with a custom low-pass filter and live LCD focusing via a
mirror lock-up -- was always a unique product targeting a specialized niche. Canon insists that it's killing the cam
because its base body, the 20D, is being replaced by the new 30D. That could mean that Canon plans a new model based on
, or it could just be an effort to find a graceful way to
kill off a product that was a little too specialized to find a decent market -- especially at a price of about $2,500
with lenses, more than double the going rate for the 20D.