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Canon EOS 40D

40d
Review Date: Oct 13, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Build quality, Large LCD, anti dust technology, LIVE view remote viewing from computer
Cons:
Only 10 meg - 12 may soon be the norm elsewhere! find a better use for that print button

Had this for around 4 weeks and have not yet mastered all its tricks. Coming from a 20D I have no regrets about the upgrade.

For me the best feature is Live View - I take a lot of macro shots and the ability to run a USB output from the 40D into my 24 inch monitor, magnify the image 10 times and manually perform a real time remote adjustment of the lens focus with a few mouse clicks, is simply stunning. Issues of camera shake as I struggled to adjust the lens by hand, whilist looking thru the viewfinder are a thing of the past. For macro work, I can not over state the advantage of this approach, over what has gone before. I get sharper results in less time!


 
Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM

ef_100_28_1_
Review Date: Sep 14, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Sharp images, value for money, good design, a nice thing to use
Cons:
average autofocus, no lens hood included

Well I hesitated for some time prior to making purchase, would it be any good, would I loose interest in macro once I had got my hands on a (hopefully) good macro lens. Well, the lens is very good and my interest in macro has increased to the extent that I have invested in an X-Y adjustment table, a remote release and a right angle magnifier for my 20D. IMO this optic is very impressive, it offers potential in relation to your own ability. You have to invest the time to learn the best technique, in short the true fun of any hobby, the reward for effort.

I have used this with extension tubes, Canon 1.4 x teleconvertor and image merging software Helicon focus to produce what are IMO fascinating insect pics. But, I am still learning, again the stuff of good hobbies!

Build quality is very good but not quite 'L' standard.

The thing feels nice in your hand and frankly I find myself looking for excuses to attach to my camera, I am even toying with portrait photography, an area which until now I largely ignored.

If you know why you want this type of lens, then I doubt you will be disappointed with it. I recommend it.