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Canon EOS 40D

Review Date: Oct 1, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,299.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Rich in features, build quality, improved image sensor and self cleaning, resolution
none. If I wanted to be picky, I'd say the rubber flap over the ports for USB, remote- seems flimsy

If you own the 20D and want to upgrade your time has arrived. The 30D was not much of an upgrade but this camera is so rich in features- you'll love it. All you need to do is to match it with some quality lenses and you are good to go.

Canon EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DO IS USM

Review Date: Feb 11, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,149.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: Feels like an L, great zoom range, sharp, great color and contrast, IS, IS, IS, great travel Lens, small size, good bokeh
Expensive, zoom was a little stiff, has a green circle instead of red

It took me a long time to make the decision on this lens given the less than stellar reviews about sharpness and comparison to the less expensive version (half price). But since I've become addicted to my 24mm-105mm L's quality build and pictures I just wanted to get the same size lens for the 70mm-300mm range. I've taken several hundred pictures mostly of birds at 300mm and f5.6, ISO 400 avg speed 1/160. My basis for comparison is my L lens plus my 10mm-22mm EFS and my Tokina 80mm-400mm.

The picture quality is fantastic, sharp, great color and contrast. With my Tokina (excellent lens as well) I needed a tripod to get similar shots. My pictures were all hand held using the phenomenal IS system. Could I have gotten sharper pictures?? Yes. With a tripod, faster shutter speed, and cooperative birds (standing still for a second) , more precise exposure (maybe) I could have gotten sharper pictures.

When you consider the size and quality build of this lens and the zoom range- I think it's a great buy. I rate it a 9 instead of a 10 because of the price.

Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM

Review Date: Dec 19, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,249.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: IS is superb, sharp pictures, but not sharper than my other non L lenses (EF-S 60mm, and EF-S 10mm-22MM), solid build.
Soft at 105mm, expensive

After sitting on the fence and reading all these reviews I just wanted to know for myself whether this lens is worth the money. For my objectives of a travel lens it is well built, good range, and the IS is incredible- Not sure if I'll need my tripod since I got great results even at 1/10.

Now that I've spent thousands on my camera and lenses I am slowly approaching the quality of my older Sony F717 5mp with the Zeiss lens Smile All kidding aside I do like my system because of the control and flexibility but I can bet you that a picture taken with a Sony at say f8 ISO 200 at macro-200mm will beat or be the same as a Canon L.

So all the comments from the reviewers below are correct- it's a personal qualitative measure for the most part. If you need a lens in this range- you'll enjoy it.

Tokina 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6 AT-X 840 AF-II

Review Date: Dec 10, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 7 

Pros: Solid construction, good image quality, zoom range
Only consider this lens if you intend to use a tripod- no IS- impossible to get sharp pictures hand held

Good value for the money but as I mentioned- don't even think about using without a tripod!

Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM

Review Date: Nov 7, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $700.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Image quality, this lense is addictive

I've been using a Tamron 18mm-200mm Di on my 20D. It's an OK zoom and was acceptable until I started using the Canon at the 10mm-22mm focal length. What a difference. Images are sharp, dramatic and rich in color, stunning. If that's what I can also expect from the 70mm-200mm IS USM L lense then I'll be buying that as well- would be interested in any comments on that.