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Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM

Review Date: Jan 4, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $735.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Well built, snappy optics, great wide perspective
variable aperture

After using my trusty old canon 20-35 f2.8L, and then purchasing the 17-40 f4L to squeeze out a slightly wider angle, I put myself on the waiting list for this one as soon as I heard of it. Since it is not designated as an "L" lens I was expecting slightly less quality.

I was wrong. Its well built and ultra sharp. I did a little comparison with my 20-35 and 17-40. I could not see a color/sharpness difference at comparible focal lengths and aperture. I did not break out any resolution charts for my test (I never do), but If I cannot see the difference, niether can my clients.

It ads a great perspective tool to my arsenal, something that has been missing with these smaller chip cameras. It arrived just in time to do an assignment that involves extra close elephant work.

As an added touch, it looks different enough from my 17-40 so as not to be confused in the gear case, and my 17-40 hood works on the 10-22 as well. Nice.

Canon EOS 20D

Review Date: Dec 11, 2004 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,499.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: 8.2 megappixel sensor, user friendly, excellent construction, responsive, customizable and fast.
Not quite the build quality of the Canon 1 series or the Nikon Pro Series, but considering the price difference, nothing worth complaining about. The small view finder tales a litte getting used to. Firewire port would be nice.

I have made my living exclusively from photography for nearly 15 years. Last year I jumped from a Nikon D1x to a canon 10d, and noticed that the files from the canon kicked the pants off the Nikon. (I loved my D1x, and had rented a D2h on occasion - both solid cameras - but Nikon isn't keeping up with Canon).

Since I buy all of my own gear, and as a rule only pay with cash on hand, the signifcant cost savings, and the reduced noise profiles of the Canon digital systems were of great appeal.

My expereince for the last year with the 10d was lovely. My clients all loved the files, and my local photo shop, Pro Photo Supply in Portand, OR blew up some of the digital files to 5.5 foot X 4 foot posters. After I used Fred's SI program for interpolation, the images looked as if they were shot on 4X5 film. The drum scan blow ups from some of my earlier film work were not nearly as crisp.

The 10d held up like a true pro camera even under difficult conditions.It appears to me the 20d will live up to the promise of its little brother.

Having just recieved my 20d I can report that it has some significant improvements. The 30% increase in file size is not "insignificant" in my book (imagine if the price had gone up 30%), the speed and buffer improvements are most welcome. I have heard some griping about the build quality of the BG-E2 battery grip, I have no complaints - and the additional back-up AA battery pack is a worth buying a new grip in itself (I work in remote locations frequently).

Like the 10d, I am able to modify the 20d to work with my high-speed photo system (Again something I was unable to do with the Nikon) that i use for photographing bats and such. This has been hugely important for me because the very nature of high-speed photography means you cannot often tell what happened (until after the film has come back). With the digital system- I know right away what I have got and if it worked - a HUGE improvement!

You can see some of my digital high-speed here:

The camera really performs for long exposures. I frequently work with the camera tethered to my laptop and the 20d gives me significantly increased file transfer speed, and it is ready for another exposure much faster than my 10d ever was.

With the 10d as a back-up, and the 20d as my new prime camera it would appear that my film cameras (and my D1x) will be collecting dust from now on - very cool!