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Canon EOS 30D

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Review Date: May 9, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Spot meter, 2.5" LCD, Picture Styles, 1/3 ISO settings, ISO in viewfinder, 100,000 shutter life.
Cons:
Still not weather sealed.

Love it so far...focus seems to be more accurate than my 20D which was awesome. I shoot alot of baseball and all of a sudden my keeper rate has increased. Some say that that the focus is the same in AI Servo as the 20D, but I feel it's better.

 
Tokina 17mm f/3.5 AT-X 17 AF PRO

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Review Date: Feb 16, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $200.00 | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Excellent build quality. Sharp, contrasty, and lightweight.
Cons:
Basically the hood is useless, push-pull clutch for MF-AF is a pain to work with.

I picked this lens up used for $200 and have been very happy with it. It produces wonderfully sharp/contrasty photos. The push-pull AF-MF is a pain to use but I keep mine on AF most of the time anyway so this really isn't an issue. I like the fact that the filter size is a standard 77mm so I can switch filters with the majority of my other lenses. Got to be careful with "flare" when shooting in sunlight, but this is expected when you shoot wide. This lens is an excellent alternative for someone wanting a wide angle without spending alot of money.

 
Canon EOS 20D

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Review Date: Sep 27, 2004 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,499.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: 9 point AF, 5 FPS, slightly smaller size than the 10D, almost instant start up, ability to choose adobe raw or sRGB in the raw mode. And more options on file size.
Cons:
No spot metering, ISO not in viewfinder. Viewfinder is a little dark when using the 1.4X with the 300 f/4.

So far I've been very pleased with the fast AF and instant startup from this camera. I can now leave the camera set to the 1 minute sleep mode and not worry about missing a shot waiting for the camera to wake up.
The AI Servo works very well and was able to track a baseball runner for a series of 20 shots with all in perfect focus.
I've noticed the the viewfinder is a little dark when using the 1.4X and my 300 f/4, something that I did not notice with the 10D.
The colors, sharpness, and contrast this camera produces is very nice and I'm finding that I'm doing less post processing on the files.


 
Canon EF 300mm f/4L IS USM

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Review Date: May 12, 2004 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $850.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Lightweight, Built in Hood, Uses 77mm Filters, Extremely Sharp
Cons:
None that I've Found

I bought this lens used from a local camera shop. It was my first "L" purchase and is what has pursuaded me to go all "L" glass. It is very sharp, contrasty, and produces beautiful colors. I have the 70-200 f/2.8 and the 24-70 and the 300 is still my favorite of all.