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Canon EOS 40D

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.
Cons:
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

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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".
Cons:
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

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

 
Pros: Sharp wide open, fast AF, build quality, price.
Cons:
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.