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Canon EOS 20D

Review Date: Jan 17, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,275.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Wonderful camera! turns on fast, it takes sharp photos, it's accurate and well made. A great camera form the money!
I wish the mirror lock up was easier to activate. --but hey if i have time to put the camera on and a tripod and get it ready then i suppose i have time to set mirror lock up in the custom funstions...

I just bought the 20d and even though it is near the end of it's production run (its been around for a year and a half) its still a great camera! One of the reasons i waited this long is the new low price and final versions of cameras usually have all the bugs worked out.

~~~i love it!~~~

Canon EF 50mm f/1.8

Review Date: Jun 17, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $55.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: price -speed and sharpness
perfect for the price

50f1.8 mark1 : I love this lens! i bought it for 55 bucks used and then i sold it -bumb move! but now i bought it back-phew! its a great lens to leave on your back-up body and the 1.8 aperture is nice to have when traveling -or handheld indoors - 100 times better than any standard 28-90 type zoom for optical quailty - and there is something historically classic about owning a fast 50mm!

if you can find one at a good price -snag it!

Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM

Review Date: Jun 8, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $800.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: the perfect lens! sharp!/fast af/not too heavy/good price

I was a nikon user years back when this lens came out --when i saw this lens for the 1st time i thought "oh man-this lens could make me switch to Canon one day" --and when i got a chance to to sell my entire nikon kit last year i bought this 1st. It hasnt let me down either -i bought the tripod collar and use it when im shooting nature photography and i pop it off quickly when im doing handheld street photography. the lens hood it a bit big but reverses for storage. I bought a 67-62 stepdown ring and i use nikon 6T close up lens for great close-ups!

very sharp lens! and F4 aperture is fast enough for me (i find the 70-200f2.8 lenses to be too big)

Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM

Review Date: Jun 8, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $800.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: great optics!!!!! excellent balance on my cameras and fast AF
Standard lens hood is to big for my camera bag

I love this lens! wonderful and sharp -i know it has won various awards which is nice but i had to try it myself and see: and wow great optics! its my standard lens on my DSLR. (27-65mm on my 300D) Heres a tip i found on the web: if you are using this lens on a DSLR with 1.6 sensor (10d,20d rebel etc..) you can leave the regular lens hood at home and buy a EW-83DII! this lens hood is not as wide (its made for the EF24f1.4L) -it works great!

high praise for this lens and the price is right too!

Canon EF 50mm f/2.5 Compact Macro

Review Date: Jun 8, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

Pros: small and sharp -fast aperture macro
no FTM

This lens is a simple design with no special features except: great close-ups that are extreemly sharp! i do wish it had a USM so that it could have full time manual focusing. This lens is my multi purpose lens on my DSLR. its a compact portrait lens and a great little macro.

I find the 1:2 macro close enough for me and if need closer I use a 12mm or 25mm EXT tube. I dont recommend the close adapter made for this lens (so you can get 1:1) -i find it to be a bit of a rip-off.

great little compact macro that works on my film bodies and digital bodies

Canon EF 300mm f/4L IS USM

Review Date: Jun 8, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: Outstanding optics! great build quality and IS works great!
tripod collar does not come off while lens is mounted on camera

I love this lens!!!!!!!! I was able to borrow the non-IS 300f4L for 2 weeks before i got this lens and i thought the regular non IS 300f4L was good...well the IS version is better! I found the optical quality to be the same with the non IS version and the IS version except the IS version focuses down to 1.5M (4.9 feet) for great close ups of flowers etc. Also image stabilization works great and focusing is very fast. The IS does make some small buzzing nioses when its on but its not enough to scare away birds etc..

ive used a few 300f4 type lenses and i find the wieght and size to be average for this kind of lens. I thought long and hard between this one and the 100-400L but for me the fixed 300mm won me over.

Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II

Review Date: Jun 8, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

Pros: low cost -sharp optics -and light as a feather!
a metal mount would be nice

I switched from nikon and while I was waiting for my Canon lenses to show up a friend let me borrow this lens for a few weeks. It was the 1st canon EF lens ive ever used and at 1st i found it too light and "plasticy" feeling -but once i got my results back -wow sharp lens! -especially closed down a few stops. i got uesd to the light and a plastic feeling and i begun to admire it for its ease of use and size. I highly recommend this lens if you are starting out -much better than the cheap standard zooms you see on camera kits! Or if you are serious this lens fits in your pocket and becomes a great little back up. I would own one but i needed a macro so i got the ef50f2.5