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

Review Date: Jan 25, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $600.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: Body build is solid, good weight, glass elements are of the highest quality, the bokeh and final results are mind-blowing, very sharp!

Some people will complain about the price of this lens, but you get what you pay for and it is worth EVERY cent! This is an L-grade piece of glass without the official title. It shoots beautifully and the colors are vibrant. This is a great lens to play around with for unexpected results and effects.

The body build is fantastic and it is very solid. It feels a bit heavy, but nothing unreasonable.

Bogen/Manfrotto 3021 Tripod Legs

Review Date: Jan 8, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

Pros: Solid quality build, macro ability with horizontal bar, price (relatively speaking!), height.
A bit heavy.

I'm very pleased with this purchase. I don't have the cash to drop on a spiffy carbon fibre tripod, so I did my research and shopped around for a while before scooping up one of these tripods on sale! I bought the silver color because it was slightly less expensive and I'm not concerned about the reflectiveness for macro photography (which I do very little of). Not to mention that I'd read some stories about how the black paint finish just ended up being scratched up before too long, anyhow.

This is a wonderfully solid tripod for a great price. It is relatively inexpensive (approx. $200 CAD), but is more pricey than many of the competitors. In my opinion, you get what you pay for and there is a LOT of junk out there for -$100. I haven't had any problems with camera shake and I've paired it with the Manfrotto/Bogen 488RC4 ball head. An awesome combination!

I haven't had any trouble with the "pinching" extendable legs that other people have complained of, but perhaps Manfrotto has addressed that particular problem. The weight isn't perfectly ideal, but I'm not going to fork out an extra $200+ or sacrifice the solid performance over this issue. I could see this being a concern for someone going on a long hike to take photos, however.