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Canon EOS 40D

40d
Review Date: Mar 24, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $995.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Low noise high iso, solid build, feels good in your hand, sensor cleaning
Cons:
buttons on the rear are too low (under the big lcd)

I like this camera very much. Only big con is those buttons on the rear that are too low on the body. When the camera hangs on your neck they easily get pressed by your waist belt. It's not fun when you are to take a picture very quick and notice that the camera is switched off by accident. Grrr. I solved this problem buying a battery grip, but that one makes it a little more havy.

Otherwise this is a very nice camera to have, specially the (partially) weather sealing and sensor cleaning.
It has everything I missed in the 20D and I allready liked that one very much.

Highly recommended.


 
Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM

24-105lisusm
Review Date: Sep 18, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Ultrasharp, acceptable weight for long walks, very nice color, IS
Cons:
None

I used the 28-135 IS USM for a long time, wanting a better lens but the 24-70 L f2.8 was to heavy to carry around so not an option if you walk 20 kilometers with the camera around your neck. When Canon released this lens I couldn't weight to have one and well it was even sharper then I had thought it would be (all the way from 24 to 105). I was in love with this lens from the first day on.
The lens is also very quick in autofocus, IS is very quiet, so is AF. Colors are very saturated in comparison with the 28-135. The lens balances very well with the 20D, making a perfect pair.
One little minus: the hood comes off a little too easy, is often turned around when I take the camera out of my bag.
I would not want any other allrounder than this one.


 
Canon EF 28-90mm f/4-5.6 II USM

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Review Date: Jun 4, 2005 Recommend? no | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 3 

 
Pros: Cheap, lightweight, small
Cons:
Flare, slow, af gets stuck

This was my first standard zoom lens. Bought it with my camera to save some money, but it's not worth the (even low) price.

Most irritating was the flare that comes with it, even with the lenshood it was inavoidable. Pics are not very sharp, especially the ones in close-up. The AF-motor (I had the none USM version) got stuck more then once. I had to manually focus one time before I could get the AF working again.

For me it was to light, camera doesn't balance very well. I replaced this lens with the ef 28-135 IS and that one is compared to the 28-90 a very good lens.

Could not recommend this one to anyone, unless you can't afford a better one. It's a starters' lens that you will replace as soon as you can, believe me.


 
Canon EOS 20D

20d
Review Date: May 2, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: ultrasharp, nice colors, everything
Cons:
none I can think of

This camera was, for me, an upgrade from the digital rebel/300D. This camera is so much better than I hoped for.

With my 300D I had a EF 28-135 IS USM lens and I was saving for a better lens (EF 24-70) to be sharper. But putting this lens on my 20D I realised that the lens is perfect, it was the camera that was not so sharp.

The 20D with EF 28-135 are a perfect, affordable team for the demanding non-pro photographer.

Compared to the 300D this camera is very, very quick. Mine also can handle methering much better then the rebel. Contrast is better, less pictures are overexposed in the sky or underexposed in front.

I have this camera for a week now, and I'm totaly in love with it. Think I'll never want another camera then this one.

Highly recommanded.


 
Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM

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Review Date: Feb 20, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Much lens for the money. Nice zoom range. Very sharp stopped down, very natural color-produce.
Cons:
Little soft wide open.

This is a very nice walk around lens. When set to more then f8 it is very sharp which makes it a good lens for landscapes. For close-up, when you pull the aperture wide open it is little soft, but no big deal. Colors are very natural. Nice zoom range on 300D.

No lens flare, even when shooting right into the sun. IS is really comfortable. Even with ISO set to 100 (which makes shutterspeed longer) I get some very sharp pics out of this one.