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Canon EOS 10D

Review Date: Jun 23, 2003 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,800.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: 6.3 mega pixels, fast AF, very handy controls, build like a tank, good colors (depends also on used lens), high iso possible without to much noise, batterylife, good buffer and this all for a resonable price!!
no spot metering (i still don't know why canon didn't put it on the camera)

this camera is just a fantastic piece off technology to work with, when you hold it you feel the quality, since the day i have it has become my second best friend (my best friend is me offcourse).

now about controls, shooting, options, pictures rhemself, ...

all the buttons are placed at the best possible place, once u get used to the camera you do not have to pull the camera away from your eye to change any settings for taking,set your fingers good on the camera and settings are changed in a blink.

taking pictures is fantastic, no shutterlag (a human can't notice it anyway), mine stands most off the time on drive, buffer works great, some complaine about the fact that you have to wait a little when you shot 9 pictures, well this doesn't bother me because i almost never shot 9 pictures in a row, this is something that reduces the quality off a picture, people please take your time to take a picture, and practice yourself to time yourself for shooting at the moment of truth.
one big minor is that the camera has no spot metering, I realy do not get it, if I could, I would go to the canon mane engineer and kick his ass for this.

options on this camera is all you need, more options would make it a laptop, you can magnify your picture to a 100%, so you can see if your picture is sharp sharp or just sharp, and many many more.

pictures that role out of this camera are great, but, the only great pictures that role out are those shot with a quality lens, do not save on lenses, when u put a bad lens on a camera like this you should be put into jail and say 10000 times a day, i will never buy me a DSLR again.
AF-speed also depends on the lens you put on.
you can use high iso without having to much background noise, this is very important, now u can drive up your iso, and win a few stops whitch is great for your sharpnes.
Because off the high resolution, you have lots off place to crop, so you can make up your composition at home without loozing much of quality.

must i say any more? you got the mony, you want this camera, you will buy good lenses, well go for it, there is nothing that will stop you (maybe your wife because she wants to shop with the mony you will spend for this piece of fine technology)

I never needed it so I can't give my opinion about the technical support of canon (but I haven't heared a lot of good stuf)

ps : my excuse for the bad english, it's not easy to write in a language that's not yours.

If you have any questions about the camera you may always contact me : [email protected]

Sigma 28-70mm f2.8 EX Aspherical DF

Review Date: Jun 19, 2003 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $350.00 | Rating: 6 

Pros: very sharp above f4.5, nice range, f2.8 all the way, comes with hood and a nice bag.
bit to soft wide open, and chromatic aberation has been seen on pictures taken with it.

For the mony you can't beat this lens, it's soft wide open, has chromatic aberation, but over f4.5 this lens produces images that are very very sharp, focal range is ideal.
for the price, you get a lot, if you truly wan't the best in this range you have to get a canon L but you will pay triple the price

Sigma 70-200mm f2.8 EX APO IF HSM

Review Date: Jun 19, 2003 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $900.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: dam sharp, fast AF, strong build, cap and tripod mount come with lens plus a nice bag, f2.8 the whole range
bit heavy, but that's the case with f2.8 lenses

this is my favorite lens, some say here that it becomes soft wide open, well i don't know why but mine doesn't, the lens still gives great images at f2.8.
a friend off me uses the canon 70-200 f2.8 L and we compared both lenses :
my camera used (10D), picture taken on 70, 100 and 200 mm, all with f2.8, f4.5
the conclusion was; both lenses performe exactly the same, but the sigma does it for half the price.
one remark on the test, because we used my camera, a 10D, we used only the center off the lense, so i do not know how it will performe as good on a 1D(s) where you have a full frame sensor

If you have a DSLR, and you need a fast lens in this range, buy this one, do not overpay fot a canon L, unless you are 70 years old and you need IS

ps : my excuse fot the bad english, i am normaly dutch speaking

Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II

Review Date: Jun 19, 2003 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $100.00 | Rating: 8 

Pros: sharp, fast, cheap
build like toy

this is just a lens you must have in your bag, it's cheap, sharp en has f 1.8, AF is prety fast.

big minor, it is build like a toy, also the button for af/mf is a little difficult sometimes, because i do not use it a lot it will not be broken in short period, bud if you are going to use this thing a lot i think it won't last very long