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Canon Speedlite 380EX

Review Date: Feb 9, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

Pros: Very nice flash. Great on batteries, small and lightwieght.
None really.

I have just got this flash and have shot around 80 pictures with it in most situations as a test. The flash handled all very well indeed. OK its not got the swivel facility but hay who really would miss this? I was toying over the idea of getting the 580 but when I tried it and the 380 there was very little in it. So I saved myself £150 pounds.

I would highly recommend this flash as its small, very easy on batteries and takes great shots.

Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM

Review Date: Jan 11, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: Great build, great look, fantastic pictures.
VERY slight lens flare but only rarely. I would like it to be a bit heavier like the 70-200L IS so you can push against something and feel like you have something in your hands.

Just got hold of my new 24-70L lens and boy is it a cracker. Now I have been taking pictures now for about 3 months so I have come to think of my self as a fantastic……….. Armature still……… but with the aid of a 20D, 70-200L IS and now this camera I can start to really concentrate on learning how to take good pictures.

I have found that the lens does tend to give a bit of lens flare indoors, especially when there is lights in different areas. I have took a picture of a light that was on but didn’t get the flare so it only happens in strange situations. At the end of the day, you did pay for a lens and lens hood. You paid for them so use them.

The background blur is fantastic. If the 70-200L IS blur is 100% quality this lens is 90% but still good.

The over all quality of this lens is great, build ease of use and size are all top notch. To be honest I like a heavier lens like the 7-200L IS as I think you have something to hold and push back on (if you know what I mean).

One last think, this site has helped me purchase two fantastic lenses and some great advice and its all thanks to you clever know it alls (I mean that in a nice way) so thanks.


Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM

Review Date: Dec 30, 2004 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: Makes even a beginner look like a professional. Don’t think about getting this lens as your wasting valuable time taking fantastic pictures with this lens. A pleasure to use.
I will have to get over looking like a Professional. Big but what do you expect for perfection.

The postman has just dropped off my New Canon EF 70-200mm F2.8 L IS USM Lens this morning. Now I am a very new member to Photography and have been reading up for about 3 months on hat lenses do what. After reading all these comments on this site I decided to take a leap of faith and get this lens. I managed to get a very good second hand one for £750 pounds.

When I got it out of the box I though, this is a big lens, I will look like the over the top father at school sports days with this beast but after taking about 30 shots with it today I don’t care if they all through rotten eggs at me and call me names as this lens is just out of this world. If it can make a total beginner look fantastic, what on earth will it do to a photographer how knows a thing or two?

If I was a Millionaire I would offer you all a money back guarantee as I know you will never clam on it.

The background Blur has to be seen to be believed, I had to try and get blur this good using Photoshop but not any more.

I will be putting some of my pictures up to let you look at just to show you the quality of the lens and Canon D20. It must be the gear as I have NO Photography skills……….YET!!!!

Thanks for all the advice on this site, you have made an English man very happy (and you know how hard that it).