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Canon EOS 30D

Review Date: Sep 7, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $995.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Ease of use, build quality, picture quality, settings, high ISO performance and much more!
It does not have weather sealing, which the xxD series should have had from the start (now starting with the 40D). Like the on&off button better on the xxxD series.

The Canon 30D is well build and has good ergonomics, ease of use. I just got mine after having used a Rebel XT/350D for a half a year and I had to get used to the body. At first it didn't impress me and I thought I had just spent much money on to little progress. But after a while I got used to the all the settings and functions and now I am really pleased.

The image quality is really good and for me 8 Megapixels is enough, but would like to have a 12 MP FF camera if I could afford it. Combined with L lenses this camera is great and your pictures look great and your ease of use when taking pictures is great as well. This is more of a Semi-Pro camera and big step up from the Rebel XT. Being able to blast 5 fps and with a 11 RAW image buffer makes it a real workhorse for most peoples needs.

The big 2.5" display on the back is nice and I would much more prefer that then the 3" on the 40D, but I would have liked more LCD pixels to display colors better as they don't always represent what I see in reality.

Also last but not least, one of the main reasons I upgraded was the high ISO performance of the 30D which is excellent compared to the xxxD series. You can allow yourself to go all the way to ISO 1600 knowing that you will sacrifice some image quality, but at least you get a usable shot. Also the step program with the ISO is fantastic, you don't have to take those giant leaps like with many other cameras.

Overal: Great camera for those semi-pros on a budget and want a camera that has sturdy build and great ease of use, I would also recommend it to those upgrading from the xxxD series.

Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM

Review Date: Mar 17, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $656.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: Fast focusing/USM, sharpness, weight&size, good price for an L lens...
none really...

This lens is a fantastic lens!

I bought it for the wide angle, even though I have a crop body (Rebel XT/350D). It's really fast in focusing and the sharpness on all focal lengths is great.

For me the weight and size isn't an issue, because I like lenses that make me feel like I truly have something in front of the camera. I am really happy with this lens and it's always on my camera.

The price is great for an L lens and I would definitely recommend it.