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Canon EF 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5 USM

Review Date: May 14, 2003 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $160.00 | Rating: 8 

Pros: Bargain price Good optics USM Well built
Wish it was faster

This is a very nice starter lens for Canon DSLR users. My copy is sharp and I have no complaints. Just stop down to 5.6 or 8 and it is very sharp. Color and contrast are excellent. Rivals the Canon L zooms. The USM and full time manual focus is also a plus. I really don't see how you can go wrong with this lens.

PS: Look for the older Champagne models. They are sharper, especially wide open.

I really like this lens.

Canon EOS D30

Review Date: Apr 1, 2003 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,100.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Excellent image quality. Much better than the current crop of 3-5mp consumer cameras. Very low noise level. Good color reproduction. Great entry level DSLR. Accepts a wide array of lenses and accessories. Low price.
Low light, low contrast focusing can be a problem.

I tried my hand at digital photography with a 4mp consumer camera and was dissapointed in the image quality and noise levels. I have moved up to the D30 and have not looked back. I bought mine used and have been very happy. With the prices dropping like stones to a level equal to or below the top of the line consumer cameras you can't go wrong.

It is only 3mp and the current crop of 6mp and above DSLR cameras show more detail. But it gives much better image quality than a 5mp consumer camera. A 9x13 print looks quite good.

It is highly adjustable and easy to use. I really can't say enough about it.