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Canon EOS Rebel XTi (400D)

rebel_xti
Review Date: Jun 5, 2007 Recommend? | Price paid: $899.00

 
Pros: size, lightweight, iso quality, price, easy of use, rich of features.
Cons:
None so far.

This is my second review.

My first review was on Nov 30 2006, until now I never found any major problem about this camera. It's easy of use, very light, rich of features, the size is great for my hand, all ISO quality are very good, even at ISO 1600 the noise still very low. Lcd is bigger and brighter than Rebel Xt and the price is so affordable.

Some people complained about the picture quality taken by this camera is not good. Well too bad...
I never regret to have this camera, the results always made me happy. I used Canon 70-200 f/4 L USM, 50mm f/1.8 MK I and now I just recently have Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 macro and sometimes I used the kit lens too, actually the kit lens is not really too bad at all.

Well, there is nothing much I can say but I love this camera very much.

Here are some samples taken by Xti:

Samples taken by kit lens:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/bramasta/522991641/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/bramasta/522970231/

Samples taken by Xti and Canon 70-200 f/4 L USM:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/bramasta/522949187/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/bramasta/522949193/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/bramasta/522763222/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/bramasta/524777492/

Samples taken by Xti and Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 macro:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/bramasta/524773824/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/bramasta/531925794/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/bramasta/513085787/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/bramasta/524773772/

So, I think regardless which camera you use, you must know and learn your camera to find out the "amazing" thing about it !
And next time there is no instant judgment again.





 
Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM

ef70_200_4_1_
Review Date: Jun 5, 2007 Recommend? | Price paid: Not Indicated

 
Pros: Lightweight, USM with fast AF, sharp photos, excellent DOF, colors & affordable price. Body build like a tank.
Cons:
Hood and not weather resistant.

Hi photo shooters...
My first review was on Dec 19 2006.
After 6 months tried the lens I can't wait to write the second review. So here it is...

This lens always attached to my camera all the time and it's a keeper. I love the sharpness and smooth DOF I got with this lens.
Always used this for portrait, candid and landscapes photography.

Honestly, I felt proud to carry it, sometimes it will draw attention.
How do you feel when you passed the people and they turned their head around to checked your lens, proud hah...

This lens has USM, so the focus is very quiet and fast. If you like go hiking this lens is not forbidden to carry around your neck for long period of time, it's really not too heavy.

The sharpness, uhhh... I can't complained about it. It's so sharp and excellent. Never got any blurred pictures taken by this lens.

The only minor negatives from me about this lens is lens hood is not flower hood like 70-200 f/2.8 and this lens is not weather resistant, unlike the new 70-200 f/4 IS.

So that's about it, no major complained so far. I love it very much! Highly recommended!

Here are some samples:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/bramasta/524777478/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/bramasta/523024734/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/bramasta/522949187/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/bramasta/522763242/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/bramasta/522763222/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/bramasta/443235750/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/bramasta/380227279/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/bramasta/310782155/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/bramasta/368765982/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/bramasta/522949159/



 
Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM

efs60_28macro_usm
Review Date: Jun 5, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $340.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Ultra Compact, price is affordable, excellent DOF, USM with good solid body, etc.
Cons:
None so far.

Hi photo shooters...

I can't describe how happy am I ?
After I'm always used Canon 70-200 f/4 USM and 50mm f/1.8 MK I finally I decided to try and learn macro photography. So I bought this lens several weeks ago and already can tell about the amazing of this lens.

The DOF is excellent, it's very light and balanced well with my Rebel Xti and I think it's not only good for macro and portrait but also good for landscapes photos as general purposes lens.

Maybe 100mm f/2.8 even better but I never regret to have this mighty 60mm, thank you to all reviewers who made me decide to buy this lens and also the-digital-picture.com

Here are sample taken by 60mm macro lens:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/bramasta/532037351/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/bramasta/531925794/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/bramasta/522948014/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/bramasta/513085779/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/bramasta/510409301/

I really recommended this lens!!!


 
Canon EOS Rebel XTi (400D)

rebel_xti
Review Date: Nov 30, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $900.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Size, Light Weight, ISO Quality, Price, Easy Of Use.
Cons:
Viewfinder somewhat small.

Previously owned Canon G5 and jump up to DSLR. I choose Rebel XTi, woowww... what a jump! I love it! Never look back to point and shoot camera again.

I like this camera because of light weight, affordable price and compatible with any Canon lens. 18-55 kits lens is not really bad though, I got alot of good sharp photo with it. Only need small touch up with Photoshop.

The Viewfinder a liitle bit small comparing to 20/30D, but it doesn't really bother me too much. I think it's a matter of time, you'll get use to it sooner or later.

2.5 Lcd is really helpfull with white color make it easy to read but it's is easy to get dirty (oily), my suggestion is buy viewfinder shade from Delkin or Hoodman, it will protect your lcd from dirty and scratches.

I took lots of photo with lower to higher ISO, everything perfect and high ISO is usable. No noise found.

I also just bought Canon 70-200 f/4L USM lens for my XTi, worked perfectly... good match. Pictures, color, contrast always tack sharp. Never doubt the "L" lens, of course I bought this lens after found out alot of good review from this site. Compare to kit lens wih scale 1 to 10, kit lens got 5 and L lens got 10. It's really big different eventhough kit lens is fairly sharp.

So if you still confused which DSLR camera you should buy...
especially if you also first timer like me, don't think too much!!!
Buy this Xti, trust me you'll never regret! Don't worry about the body that some people said too plasticy... cause this is the reason the camera so light, but overall the body and material inside is really strong to hold really heavy lens like Canon 70-200 f/2.8L.
I hope my opinion about this camera really helpfull.


 
Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM

ef70_200_4_1_
Review Date: Nov 30, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $600.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Not too heavy, fast AF, sharp photos, excellent colors & affordable price.
Cons:
Hood, no tripod mount

I'm the first timer w/ DSLR after jump up from point and shoot camera. I relly want to have other lens besides my 18-55 kit lens.

So I got a lot of good review about lens from Tamron 28-75 f/2.8, Sigma 24-70 f/2.8, Canon 28-135 w/ IS and 70-200 f/4L USM.

All of those choices make me confused, which one I have to pick for my general purpose lens. So I went to local store and they asked me to try this lens. They promised if I don't like it just return/ exchange it.

Finally.. it's been 3 months now and I really satisfied w/ the results, very sharp pictures,colors & contrast. The lens is not too heavy too carry around the neck and lens build is very tough/ like a tank, anyway I've been using it w/ my Rebel XTi.

I was kind a worried about back focusing but those salesman said if it's happen the problem is not from the lens, most of times from the camera. And I never had problem w/ both.

I like the smooth bokeh I got with it. It's really great for portraits, candids and landscape too. The white color sometimes made people look back and you felt great that you are serious w/ photography.

I highly recommended for this lens, honestly I paid for $600 w/ $35 mail in rebate and also got $160 instant saving from them. Pretty cheap hah! What a good deal!!!
Are there anybody got a cheaper price than me...