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Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM

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Review Date: Jan 29, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $500.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Fantastic Color, Contrast, and Sharpness. Excellent value. Light. Fast accurate focus.
Cons:
None.

Some people say a negative of this lens is that it is only f4. But that's why it is only 599 new and a fraction of the weight of the 2.8. You could just as easily say a negative of the 2.8 is that it's not 1.4.

The lens is absolutely fantastic in every way but low light performance.


 
Canon EOS Rebel XT (350D)

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Review Date: Jan 29, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Features Per $ among the best available. 1.6x crop factor.
Cons:
No spot meter. To small without batter grip for a 6'1" 220lbs guy. 1.6x crop factor. (Yes it is both a pro and a con)

I've had this camera for about 2 years now and it has not let me down yet. While I may upgrade soon I will be moving into FF territory and keeping my very reliable XT. The only thing I really miss is spot metering.

I recommend this camera all the time to people just getting into DSLR's. I still feel that, with the recent price drop following the introduction of the XTi, the XT is possibly the best value camera available. I would feel no need to pay the extra dollars to get 2 more MP's.