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Canon EOS 10D

10D
Review Date: Nov 30, 2004 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,499.00 | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: great image quality @ moderate cost
Cons:
easy to fill the buffer

I owned a 10D from March 2003 until October 2004 when I sold it to buy a 20D. I loved my 10D and wouldn't have minded keeping both bodies though I couldn't justify the dent in my finances that would have caused.

I would have rated the 10D 'excellent' - it really is wonderful - but with the 20D out, I would have to rate the 20D higher than the 10D.

Mine operated flawlessly for the 18 months I owned it and is still doing great service in the hands of its new owner.


 
Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L USM

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Review Date: Nov 30, 2004 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $900.00 | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: good zoom range coverage; fast optics
Cons:
not the sharpest zoom Canon's produced but not bad, especially stopped down a stop or two. cost.

I bought this lens used and it does well - especially on bodies with a smaller sensor where the edges are cropped. If you need a fast wide angle zoom, this is a good one, but if you don't need to shoot at f/2.8 consider the 17-40 f/4. For me, this was the right choice, but it's not necessarily true for everyone.

 
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM

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Review Date: Nov 30, 2004 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,600.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: sharpness at all f/stops. image stabilization
Cons:
cost

I've been using this lens for close to a year and a half. It is without a doubt the finest zoom I've ever owned. It spends a lot of time attached to the camera and though expensive, I don't lament having spent the money for it.

 
Canon EF 28-70mm f/2.8L USM

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Review Date: Jun 4, 2003 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $900.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Image quality; AF speed
Cons:
for 1D,1Ds owners this lens lacks the rubber gasket that the newer 24-70 has.

This was my first Canon L lens and I was blown away by the quality of the thing. It does a fabulous job and started a love affair with L glass that my budget has lamented but my photography has loved.

I've been using this lens for 15 months as of this writing and the only thing I could imagine replacing it with would be the 24-70 L.