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Canon EOS 10D

Review Date: Mar 15, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 8 

Pros: Magnesium body ! , Nice size and excellent placing of buttons , Decent LCD , very quiet , price is great and good image quality when post proccessed also great skin tones
Write speed to an 80X CF card is slow and shows it self after a burst of shots,Won't take EF-S lenses.Flash release is electronic and not mechanical (i.e. spring)

I traded a Fuji S2 pro and 2 lenses for a 10D the BG grip and a 28 - 135 USM IS.I think i got an excellent deal.The camera feels right in your hands as its a prefect size with or with out the BG.Its construction is wonderful it feels sturdy and like it could take a few drops if it had to.The Skin tones it produces are great and i get close to the same colours as i was getting on my old Fuji S2 pro after post proccessing which makes me happy and less guilty i got rid of it.I honestly don't see the issue with the size of the LCD,i would say to those of you whom think it is to try using a Kodak/Canon DCS -520 for a while then this becomes a nice treat.I'm a big fan of the battery system as im coming from the Fuji S2 pro and before that a Eos 1d and 1v (film) and a DCS - 520,which all had this big stick of a battery and the fuji s2 pro... well thats just a mess.The only issues i have is that the flash release is electronic and not a basic spring and button release and i see that becoming an issue if some one were to use the built in flash alot,however i don't think many people are.Also i could whine about the 1.6X FLM but its a dead horse by now and just accept it and ignore it.I had also assumed as the 10d was released so close to the 20d that it would accept EF - S lenses,i was surprised to learn it does not which is too bad because some of them are rather good deals.The last problem is that the buffer write speed is slow slow slow,even with an 80X lexar card it acts more or less like a 4X.I can look past that tho its such a great unit.

Fuji FinePix S2 Pro

Review Date: Mar 15, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 7 

Pros: Excellent colour rendition , nice MP options,really cool lay out of functions on the camera body and i dig the red light for the mini display.Decent pricing and its pretty light.
Terrible body construction and really really really bad power source.I also found that edges come out really soft or blured in alot of pictures.Really small body with no weight to it so it topples over with a large or even medium zoom when placed down.

I must say what ever bad thing to say about this unit or the problems I've had i feel regretful that i did get rid of it as the color rendition is just awesome.

Anyway i purchased this and a Nikon 28-105mm f/3.5-4.5D AF and a Nikkor 70-210 f/4AF,the body was 800$ and the lenses 400.00$.My first issues are with the CR123's they have to be brand new and fully charged if they are going to work,i had a pair that had 80% charge on them and it just wasn't enough for the s2 pro.I found Maxell Cr123's to last the longest and fit well but the system in general is just poor as its in to half's some what digital and mechanical.

The AA's last a good length but it just feels so cheap putting double AA batteries in such a great camera.I don't see why Fuji couldn't borrow a proprietary battery system design from Nikon,but oh well.The tray it self for the AA's is a very soft plastic that just added to the feeling.

The body was very well laided out and ergonomic,but it was high impact ABS which felt cheap,i would not dare drop it as i can only imagine the mess that would come from it.Its functionality is simple and easy to use and should for the most part make Nikon users feel at home with it,As for me a Canon user is was all Greek too me.

I also found that i had to USM all my images from it and i think my sample shows some of my qaums with it.

all in all i blame my self for not enough time to learn it better but its build quality is inexcusable and so is its power source and for that alone turned me away from it.

I traded it for a 10D Smile.

Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM

Review Date: Mar 15, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 8 

Pros: IS & USM , Build quality , good focal length , decent Focusing Distance .
Not Wide Enough on 1.6X , Slow lens , price

The price is crazy on it for what it is,but i've always thought the 28-135's.28-105's and the 35-105's were all little over priced anyway.It is a great lens in build ,it feels tough too although i don't think i would like to challenge that with its price tag and all.I found it a great walk around lens as many have stated so far but i just don't see the big deal in IS other then i can shoot in a room with day light and get a relatively sharp shot and on that same coin i thought my Canon EF 35-105mm f/3.5-4.5 1987 vintage was a much sharper lens and it did'nt have IS.

Heres a sample of the IS anyway

bottom line its only as good as the price you got it,and if you have to sell it (which i have) its resale price holds well.

Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II

Review Date: Mar 15, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 8 

Pros: Great optics,very sharp lens and the price is great for what it is.
Ah,Its plastic.I'm not a fan of the mount being high impact ABS opposed to the MK I that was a full metal mount.As well i don't like how they moved the RUBBER focusing ring that was in the middle of the MK I to the front and its of course plastic.

This is an almost an absolute necessity in a Canon users gear bag.Its a great focal length and its price is great too, just right for beginners or just any one on a budjet.Its also a good snap shot lens as its nice a compact,i like to use it as a general walk around lens

(im sure its probably not the proper use for it as its generaly a portrait lens but what the hey).The bad side is any one who has used the mark I or has sold it and now has the MK II will see its draw backs from the metal mount and general construction.But i have dropped the Mark II on a couple of occassions and its held true so i guess thats all that counts,its a great lens all around.