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Canon EOS Rebel XTi (400D)

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Review Date: Feb 23, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Cheap, 10 megapixel
Cons:
Grainy, small grip, no auto ISO in creative modes

This is a nice entry level DSLR, which can serve you well as a back up for a professional DSLR. Its really value for its money.

But at the end i sold the camera. I didnt like it for a few reasons:

* ISO 1600 only works well in good light, like a well lit restaurant. Otherwise is quite grainy.
* The grip is far too small. Maybe it was designed for small asian hands?
* Dark and small viewfinder, no rule of the thirds overlay like on Fuj and Nikon.
* Soft pictures. This camera has no less then 2 low pass filters. You need expensive L-serie lenses to make up for this.
* No auto iso in creative modes.
* The use of flash for AF assist in low light is very annoying.


 
Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM

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Review Date: Nov 18, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,000.00 | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: sharpness, zero CA, fast AF, hardly any flare
Cons:
Not as spectacular as i hoped for (pricey for what you get), no IS, no floating elements, lens hood is a joke

I really like this lens but i guess i expected a bit more. I think its about as sharp as the 85mm f/1,8 i owned before.
So nothing to rave about, just a good lens


 
Sigma 12-24mm f4.5-5.6 EX DG Aspherical HSM

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Review Date: Oct 17, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Unique ultra wide angle zoom lens, almost no barrel distortion, price, HSM, compact build
Cons:
Sigma QC

This is a truly unique ultra wide angle zoom lens, which can give dramatic results if u know how to use it = getting close to ur subject. Its great for all styles of photograhy; a picture taken with a normal wide angle lens, lets say 24 mm, becomes stunning. Especially used at the 12mm setting on a full frame DSLR (i used it on a Kodak SLR/c).
However, there is a major issue and that's Sigmas quality control. I had to send the lens no less then 3 times to the service centre. There were all kinds of problems with my sample: Very blurry corners, incorrect distance meter, no serial number on the lens, etc etc. After the third time they got it right.
So i really recommend this lens especially if ur using a full frame DLSR, but beware about which sample you buy!


 
Canon EF 50mm f/1.0L USM

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Review Date: Oct 10, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $2,000.00 | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Excellent low ligh capabilities, dreamy bokeh (tho not as good as the 85mm f/1.2),
Cons:
Price, softness of the picture at f/1.0 (high ISO and noise reduction can make this even worse), slow AF, vignetting

I've used this lens for a few years and finally decided to sell it. I was quite happy with it tho. I mainly used it for the available light shooting at f/1.0. That's what this lens is made for. For all other kinds of photography a 50mm f/1.4 is a much better choice.
I do recommend this lens only if your favorite style of photography is available light or street photography.


 
Sigma 24-60mm f2.8 EX DG Lens

24-60mm
Review Date: Jun 17, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Sharp, contrasty, good edge performance, fast AF
Cons:
Limited range, no internal zoom

On a full frame DSLR its a good standard zoom lens. Its quite sharp, but not as sharp as a 50 1.4 USM. Build quality is excellent.
I doubt L zoom lenses will get any sharper.


 
Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM

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Review Date: Jun 16, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Cheap, high resolution and contrast
Cons:
Soft untill F2.8, slow AF, some flare

Must have lens on a full frame DSLR, ideal for trips and streetphotography. Its not a very good low light lens: lots of CA, softness, but stopped down to 2.8 it'll give u good results.