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Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM

Review Date: Feb 26, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $570.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Nice complement to the Canon 20D. Lighter weight. Very sharp. A bit less contrast than the EF 28-70Lmm. Great price for an L quality lens.
White color--which tends to make a statement a black lens might not. However, I've read the white keeps the lens from overheating--a problem with other manufacturer's telephoto lens.

I'm very pleased. I have large hands and the barrel length now gives great support and balance when used with the Canon 20D--much more comfortable than the EF 28-70Lmm.

My first copy from OneCall was defective. The zoom would only adjust out to 188mm. I sent it back, and the replacement works perfect. Images are near perfect right from the camera.

I did bite the bullet and switch to a RRS L camera bracket and clamp. The secret in great images in maintaining an adequate shutter speed when hand held, or using a tripod and assessories. Using the combination of a good tripod, remote switch, and mirror lockup, my landscapes shots are greatly improved--if not phenomenal. I now have to learn and deploy all the image processing tricks to further narrow the gap with Fred M's stunning pictures.

Canon EF 28-70mm f/2.8L USM

Review Date: Jan 14, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $950.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Images near perfect (resolution, color, contrast) with any Canon camera body. Solid build and nice to handle in most situations.

This lens brought out the best from my former D30. While generally a good lens, I had to leave the Canon 28-135mm behind. Now, with the 20D, the resolving power and detail are stunning. Being spoiled, I wonder how I'll adjust if I purchase either the Canon 10-22mm or the 70-300mm DO?

Canon EOS 20D

Review Date: Dec 5, 2004 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,500.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: 8.2 mega-pixel, increased dynamic range, accurate exposure, fast focusing, USB 2.0
Smaller size than the D30 (I have rather large hands) and the BG-E2 reportedly has poor build quality. I hope Canon addresses this issue...ASAP.

Upgrading from the D30 was a leap and well worth my wait. The D30 was a wonderful introduction to the realm of DSLR photography and much of what I learned carried over nicely to the 20D.

The Canon 20D is a more-than-adequate tool. If there's a weak link in MY creative process, it is now the 'display medium' and devoting more time to learning Photoshop CS.