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Canon EF 20mm f/2.8 USM

Review Date: Dec 23, 2015 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

Pros: Light, relatively inexpensive
Hard to find fault, with modern DSLRs

If you buy this expecting to get the performance of a Zeiss, save yourself the heartache. With a 5D3, and the in-body software corrections that Canon offers, this is a lens that punches well above its weight/price.

And on a crop body it becomes a 32mm, close to the cherished 35mm of street shooters.

In the B&S section, they come up for a song form time-to-time. Get one.

Canon EOS 7D

Review Date: Nov 27, 2009 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: Wicked fast, solid build
Haven't foudn one yet

I went to the 7D from a 40D. While the 40D was a big jump up from my earlier Canon DSLR, there were things I didn't like:the rear screen was so grainy I had to zoom to check focus. It over-reported over-exposure highlights. It would hunt for focus in low light.

The 7D screen in triple the dots, and I can instantly tell if focus is on. The focus is fast, with none of the hunting I had with the 40D. Battery life is superior. So much so I'm using the 7D without a dual-battery grip, which I had considered essential on earlier bodies. It is better weather-sealed. So far I haven't had it fog up, a problem I'd encountered several times with the 40D.

What Canon basically did is put a whole lot of 1D features into a 1.6 crop body, and sold it for the price step above the Rebel line.

Noise? OK, there's noise, but remember, we're shooting 18mP at ISO 6400. For that, I'll be happy to wait for raw converters and noise ninja to catch up.