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Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM

Review Date: Sep 15, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: Impressive colours, nice bokeh, good sharpness (even wide open), great build quality and very fast FTM USM (noticeably faster than 17-85 or 28-105 3.5-4.5 USM), looks proffesionally, focus blocke (what's more, it's overrideable with MF)
White colour attracts a little too much attention, a little too long (after Sigma 70-300) and lacks 300mm (but 200mm is good enough for croping), would like IS

I bought my 70-200 F4L from ebay and it arrived just a few days ago. I am absolutely impressed with lens. After all, it's my first L. Actually, I have not taken any pictures with my 50 1.8 or 18-55 after receiving 70-200.

The FTM USM, smooth zooming and MF rings, great build quality, metal body... And COLOURS!. They do make pictures shine...

Anyway, with a hood attached 70-200 becomes a bit too big for being unnoticed. Anyway, this can be useful from time to time... In addition, it is a little bigger than older sigma 70-300 and does not fit to my bag perfectly well (a little squeezing is necessary). And I miss zooming to 300mm time after time. Anyway, the IQ is so good, that 200mm @ F4 cropped outperforms Sigma @300 mm F8-9 several times.

IS version would be great, but a little too expensive... Maybe, after a while....

p.s. After buying 70-200 F4L I try to keep my pepper spray in a pocket, since the lens attracts too much attention of somewhat not very nice looking people Smile

Canon EF 28-105 F/3.5-4.5 II USM

Review Date: Oct 11, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: Litght, sharp, good contrast, FTM USM
3.5-4.5, too expensive....

I've used these lens for a month or so (I borrowed it from my friend)...

Overall impresion is great. I really liked it... Though a bit wider would be nice (1.6x crop)... The bad thing- I can't afford it...

Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II

Review Date: Oct 11, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $100.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: 1.8, sharpness F2.8 and smaller, weight, size, contrast,DOF
non-usm, plastic

AF sounds strange... It's not fast enough in some cases...

But everything else is fine... I can't afford 50 F1.4, so I'm very very satisfied with F1.8. Maybe, in future....

Canon EOS Rebel XT (350D)

Review Date: Oct 11, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $950.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Good IQ, fast and reliable operation, so so battery life (~700 pics without flash), light and small (there drawbacks of these aspects), outstanding high ISO quality.
Small viewfinder, small body (though after a year I became really satisfied with it), plastic finish, ISO/AF/WB/Size changing requires SET button confirmation.

I had choosen 350D rather than D50. After trying Nikon for a longer time this summer, I finally decided, that my decision was really good.

I like almost everything in my 350D, except viewfinder. I even got used to small handgrip and it does not annoy me anymore, it became very comfortable in fact. But viewfinder is bad... It's no worse than those used in D50/D70, but D80 has a much much better one. Canon will suffer, if they do not put something better in a descendant of 400D... New Pentaxes and Nikons are performing MUCH better... Kill Canon:)

Well, all in all, after taking more than 32 000 pictures, I love my dSLR... I'm thinking of upgrading to 20D, though it would be better to invest to equipment, I think...

By the way, I used my 350D for landscape, portrait, event and wedding photography. Some studio work as well...


p.s. I've tried 400D for a while. I think, that 350D is a better camera.... (noises and cost versus anti-dust, bigger LCD and no SET confirmation)