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Canon EOS 20D

Review Date: Sep 10, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,400.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: A step up from the 10D in some aspects, speed, noise at high ASA's, capture modes.
noisy mirror slap, lots of vibration from the mirror

This is my standard camera for everyday use. Have made 16X20's off it easily. Shooting in RAW+JPEG mode has helped a lot in getting things through my workflow. I have the vertical grip for it as well. I use CF12 a lot with the cable release because of the mirror slap issue.

Canon EOS 10D

Review Date: Sep 10, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,300.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: nice feel; good balance; intuitive controls
slow to start up

My second Digital SLR (first was an Olympus E20). I already had three EOS film bodies and for "L" lenses. I was totally impressed with the lack of noise (grain?!?) at higher ASA ratings. After shooting with this camera for about 3 months I bought the new 20D. Still used as my backup DSLR body and a lot in the studio.

Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM

Review Date: Sep 10, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,400.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: Quality of build, sharpness. IS, fast focusing, hand holdability, zoom range
dust leaks in when you zoom a lot

Bought this lens prior to a trip to Africa after a dinner conversation with George Lepp. he was right! This is the ideal safari lens. It has been to Africa, the Galapagos Islands, Alaska, Hawaii and Jasper NP in Canada in addition to heavy use here in the mainland USA. After 5 years of heavy, heavy use it had to be sent in to Canon for repair (aperture mechanism was stuck). It would still shoot wide open but would not stop down (error99 on the 10D and 20D). Came back looking like new and working better than new.

Push-Pull zooms act like big air pumps and suck a lot of dust into them. I try not to zoom unless I need to. Minimizes dust inside. This and my 16-35L are my standard lenses now. Will be looking at the 10-22 since switching to digital last year.

Canon EF 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5 USM

Review Date: Sep 10, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $350.00 | Rating: 8 

Pros: Weight and balance are good on the camera. Well constructed. fast focusing.
pincushion and barrel distortion in this lens and it does have some soft focus at anything less than f/8. not an "L" lens but then the price was less than I expected to pay also.

Not my first choice in lenses but it held up well in Africa and the Galapagos Islands in some fairly rough environments. As long as I stopped down (used Aperture Priority) to f/8 or smaller it was fine. Did notice some barrel distortion at 24mm.

Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L USM

Review Date: Sep 10, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,300.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Extremely sharp lens. Very well made and fast focusing
Heavier than I thought it would be

I waited for the 16-35L after reading the reviews on the 17-35L. A friend has the 17-35L and in comparing images I think the 17-35 is a little soft at 17mm while the 16-35 is sharp throughout.