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Canon Extender EF 1.4x II

Review Date: Sep 6, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $280.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: It gets you closer.
One stop light loss, slight loss of contrast.

I've used two of these converters. The first was rented from and was visibly soft when mounted on my 70-200 2.8, I could tell in the viewfinder. Stop it down to an effective aperture of f/8, though, and it's sharp as can be.

I got lucky on the second, though. It was new from B&H and was sharp as a tack. I shoot it wide open and the images are incredible. Very happy with it.

My advice would be to buy one from a dealer that lets you return it for a different copy until you get a sharp one. NOTE: They also seem to hold their value extremely well, you can see them get sold here and on eBay for about what I paid for one brand new.

Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM

Review Date: Jun 20, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $275.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Decent sharpness at wide open, Incredible sharpness at f/2.8. Light weight, inconspicous, and did I mention a fast little monster?
Not as solid as my "L" lenses. I wish Canon had built this as an L, it would have been invincible.

Just got done with my first portrait shoot with this little monster and I am raving with joy at the sharpness. I shot at f2.8 and the pictures are downright amazing. Very happy with this lens, I just need to stop giggling like a young boy while I'm going about in dark rooms getting lovely shots with ISO 100. f1.4 may be a little soft, but the quality it does provide is more than enough.

I just wish its build was a bit more robust.

Canon EOS 20D

Review Date: May 29, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: Great AF, High ISO performance, file size, parameters use, solid feel, battery life, 5 fps, quick shutter release response
smaller viewfinder, still jealous of friends with 1D's and their 8 fps

My 20D is my baby. She does great work for me and is incredibly dependable. I've put almost 34,000 frames through her since June last year and she just keeps taking more.

I use it with the BG-E2 battery grip and it feels great in my hands, and the ISO 3200 is great for baseball games with very, very little light.

I wish I could have a bigger viewfinder, but I can do ok with this one. It just makes me appreciate my AE-1P more.

Canon EF 17-35mm f/2.8L USM

Review Date: May 29, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $750.00 | Rating: 8 

Pros: Sharp most of the time, solid construction, absolute workhorse lens.
A bit soft at times, some red and green flaring toward the corners. Monster hood.

I bought this lens for portraits and wedding work, and it has more than paid for itself. It's great on my 20D for getting around in the crowd. I have to keep the hood separate in my gadget bag, it won't fit in a pocket thanks to its width. I recommend this or the 16-35mm without fail.