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Canon EOS 50D

50D_1_
Review Date: Sep 22, 2009 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Great handling of noise at high ISO, good image quality, solid build, great ergonomics, the 3" LCD viewer is heavenly!
Cons:
I did get a couple of funky colored photo on a sunrise in fog over a lake. The mist was greyish but shots straight on the sun, the camera insisted on giving me a yellow tint in the images. Latest firmware available is installed...

I upgraded from a Rebel XT (EOS 350D) to the 50D just about three weeks ago and I haven't even had time to go through all the settings yet. The 50D's menu is much more detailed than the XT's.

Canon's User Manual is confusing so I am thinking of buying a good "How To" book on the 50D to explain in detail all the capabilities of this camera.

It has performed flawlessly since I've had it though there was an occurrence of the camera giving me a yellow tint in some photos I took of a sunrise in fog on a lake. The correct color would have been grey/blue but photos taken straight on in the sun gave me the incorrect tint. I moved the camera slightly from "directly in the sun" to out of the sun's rays and the differences in tint was very very noticeable.

I know that the 50D did have a firmware update to correct wrong tint in photos taken in tungsten lighting and the latest firmware was indeed factory-installed.

Apart from that, I am very thrilled with this purchase.


 
Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM

efs60_28macro_usm
Review Date: Sep 22, 2009 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Sharp as can be, colors look great, no chromatic aberration I can see, fast auto focus.
Cons:
None I can think of.

This is my true first "serious" lens I bought myself a couple of months ago and am I pleased to bits with my purchase.

The build quality is surprising at this price. Auto-focus is fast and oh so quiet. It makes ultra sharp snapshots.

I would absolutely recommend this lens to anyone wanting a good macro lens. It can also help as an all-around lens, IMO.

In my limited experience, I would say it is close to an "L" series lens when I look at the results.

For anyone wanting to view sample photos taken with this lens, here you go:
http://macheadcase.smugmug.com/Photography/Testing-the-new-lens/Canon-EF-S-60mm-F28-Macro-USM/8980423_w24G4#596956817_dfer3

http://macheadcase.smugmug.com/Urban/Canon-Digital-Rebel-XT/summer2009/9586364_gwRh3#645357171_5x6st