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Canon EF 28-105 F/3.5-4.5 II USM

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Review Date: Mar 16, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

Pros: Value, Sharpness, Build Quality, Focal Ranges, Can't go Wrong!
Cons:
Focus Ring is small, would of been better if it had a fixed apperture.

This lens is great replacement for the standard 18-55mm kit lens and for an extra 80 you get so much more in every way. It feels like a solid lens and grips well, the variable apperture is a pain but liveable.

 
Canon EF 100-300mm f/4.5-5.6 USM

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Review Date: Mar 13, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 8 

Pros: Great Value for Money if you can't quite afford 100-400, quiet AF,
Cons:
Tiny MF ring, Can be slow AF in dark conditions, gets very soft after f10

This lens has been a great companion for me during one season of motorsport photography, it has managed to get me through damp races even though it is not weather sealed and it's a trustworthy lens. Although it can accumlate dust very easily in the inner elements most of the images produced are at a high quality and is perfect for a rookie starting out at sports photography. It comes with a decent lens hood and helps to reduce some of glare caused in the bright light, it would of been a much better lens if they could of fitted IS onto it like the 75-300mm but it's a lightweight telephoto lens that is a great point about it. But after upgrading now to a 70-200mm L f2.8, the quality difference is by far noticable but is still capable of producing great images in the right hands. The tiny focus ring is a bit of a pain being behind the zoom push n pull system and would of worked better with it at the front. Good Lens, not to be missed.

 
Canon EOS Rebel XTi (400D)

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Review Date: Aug 25, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

Pros: You get plenty of MP for your money, Ideal for the starter DSLR Photographer
Cons:
Having to put up with the plastic body, Grip could be slightly bigger.

There so many good points you can make about the 400D, first of all you cannot get a better deal on value for money and quality. Having bought it Christmas 2006, it has been a great Body for any aspect from Shooting fast cars to shooting buterflies on flowers.

I am most of all impressed with how easy it is to use for a first time buyer. Most of the controls are simple and easy to use, the 2.5 inch LCD screen makes it clear and is not hard to view in bright light.

The only dissapointing thing about the 400D is the plastic camera body, it makes the camera look cheap alongside most of the proffessional bodies like the 5D and the 1D MKIII, But after a while you adapt and get used to it.