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Canon EOS 30D

Canon_30D
Review Date: May 31, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 8 

Pros: image quality, instant on, continuous shooting speeds, feel in hand.
Cons:
Compact flash door looks/feels so flimsy! 300d's felt stronger! I was shocked to discover sensor dust straight from the box - OUTRAGEOUS

I upgraded from the 300d, so forgive me if i sound all 'gushy' about it! Using the 30d is a total revelation. For 1200 uk pounds i got the camera, BG-e2 grip and the 17-85 IS lens.
A fabulous package that has seen my photography come on in leaps and bounds since purchasing it.

The shine was taken off however on my discovery of dust on the sensor within a few days of (very careful) ownership. I can only sumise that this was the case 'out of box' as i note several other users have had this issue. This is totally UNACCEPTABLE for a manufacturer the size/quality of Canon. Having purchased 'grey market' overseas however, I am unable to send back etc.

In balance, even with dust, I am 110% delighted with the camera and look forward to lots and lots of fantastic shots to come.


 
Canon EF-S 17-85mm f4-5.6 IS USM

EF17-85
Review Date: May 27, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 8 

Pros: focal range ideal for 'always on' lens, IS (really useful), sharp
Cons:
none so far (after several hundred shots!) bar the price - far too expensive for non 'L' glass

I recently bought the 30d and this was 'bundled' with it as the kit lens. I was initially happy with this until i started reading reviews of the lens on these forums - then i became VERY worried!
I must say that i needn't have been and i honestly don't understand why so many people are negative about this lens. I've not found any great distortions or softness - in fact, quite the opposite. (google the lens and you will find many positive reviews of this lens in direct comparisson to it's many rivals)
I find the lens to be sharp and absolutely ideal as a walk about lens. At the same time I also got the 70-200 f/4, so I'm covered for all the focal length i personally need.
This is my first taste of IS and i must say i'm greatly impressed by this also. a few of the reviews here say how noisy it is - again, my experience is that i cannot hear it at all (unless i physically press it against my ear, then you can hear it kick in)
All in all, a great lens, perfect for a walk about lens, great picture quality, IS, light, fairly fast - just make sure you get it at a good price!