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Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS USM

Review Date: Nov 23, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $7,800.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Rocket fast and silent AF, tack-sharp pictures, 600mm!, works great in all conditions and for all sports.
HEAVY! Need a heavy-duty mono-pod and a lot of energy to lug this thing around all day, f/4 (not 2.8), it's just huge!

This lens is a joy to work with, especially for sports. It is the perfect length for football and soccer and is good for use with the 400, if you can lug both around. The lens is tack-sharp and the AF is super fast, which is to be expected by spending this much money. But this thing is REALLY HEAVY, be ready to buy a big mono-pod and be ready to have to haul this thing around all day, but at the end of the day, it'll be worth it.

Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II

Review Date: Nov 18, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $79.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: Price! Pretty sharp, works well for those who don't want to spend the extra $$$ on the 1.4 version. I have no problem with the build, it's so small.
Cheap build, although I don't have a problem with it, a little soft wide open.

This is a great lens that you can just go out and buy! It's dirt cheap, pick it up just to mess around if you want! f/1.8 is really fun for just playing around and sparating the background. I would reccomend this as a great multi-purpose lens and can be used for indoor shots too with the wide aperture.

Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM

Review Date: Nov 18, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,200.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Tack-sharp at f/2.8, nice size, easily hand-holdable, practically glued to the camera, works great with the 1.4x TC.
Hood fits a little bit tight, but other than that, nothing!

The 70-200 is Canon's best zoom lens and is widely distributed throughout the photography world. The zoom is a very useful range and can cover just about any sports or photojournalism events, espcially with the use of the 1.4x TC. The lens is tack-sharp wide open and will continue to become sharper when stopped down. I find that this is the lens that is most often on my camera, it is the workhorse. It's also very compact and light comared to the Canon super-telephotos, just an outstanding lens, great for anyone who is looking to buy a mid range lens.

Canon EOS 20D

Review Date: Oct 24, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,200.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: Amazing megapixels for the price (8.2), quite fast burst speed of 5.5 fps, lightning fast autofocus when used with L lenses, very sharp, array of features, and VERY good battery life.
Burst speed could be faster like the 1D, only 9 autofocus points (compared to the 1D), custom white balance doesn't work great, and a noisy shutter.

The 20D is an excellent prosumer camera, with 8.2 megapixels, you can print as large as you wish (within reason). The bust speed, while not incredible, is considerably faster than the 300D and 350D at 5.5 fps compared to 2.5 (huge difference in sports). There are nine autofocus points in a diamond formation, which is MUCH better than the 7 AF points on the 300D. The 20D's shutter response time is much better than the 300D's and it's autofocus time is much faster. And the battery life is really good on this camera, and even better if you buy the grip.

However, the shutter is very noisy, and white balance can fluctuate at times. And if you compare this to the 1D, there are far less AF points and the burst speed isn't quite as much.

Bottom-Line: A very good camera for the money, and it provides a good quality, high megapixel image while keeping the burst speed relatively high.