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Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM

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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.
Cons:
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

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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.
Cons:
None

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

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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
Cons:
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.