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Canon EOS 40D

Review Date: Apr 13, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,199.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Excellent handling & overall ergonomics. Very responsive. AF accuracy rivals that of my 1-Series cameras and AF speed is only slightly slower. IQ is top-notch.
I would have preferred a latest technology battery upgrade although the BP-511's remain a dependable workhorse.

An excellent camera for any use short of professional duty sports photo-journalism. A worthy successor & significant upgrade from my stalwart 20D. I have been impressed enough with the 6.5 fps & the superb AF of my 40D that I've used it in place of my 1D MkII on a few sports assignments with great success.

Canon EF-S 17-55 f/2.8 IS USM

Review Date: Nov 9, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,005.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Very sharp, fast AF, f2.8, IS much more valuable than I anticipated in the 17-55 range. An IQ match for my 24-70L f2.8 that has proven so invaluable on my FF & 1.3 cameras. Lightweight in comparison to the f2.8 "L's".
I wish Canon had incorporated the 24-70L f2.8's fixed hood design into the 17-55f2.8 IS.

I debated as to whether this lens would be a worthwhile acquisition since I have a sharp copy of the venerable 17-35L f2.8. After owning it for a month or so I am very happy with my purchase as the 17-55 has proven very sharp & the IS is surprisingly beneficial. I would not hesitate to recommend this lens to anyone seeking fast, sharp glass for their 1.6 camera.

Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM

Review Date: Sep 16, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $840.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Sharp wide open, fast AF, build quality, price.
No negatives to this lens.

The performance of the 135 f2 will spoil you. While this lens cannot be considered cheap, it is quite possibly the best $ value available.