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Canon EF 28-105 F/3.5-4.5 II USM

Review Date: Jun 18, 2009 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

Pros: Sharp images, nice zoom range, price
none for the price

I bought this lens at the reccomendations of the reviews on this site, so I thought it was time to post mine.

I am very impressed with this lens. I paid $160USD with a canon A2 and grip attached to it. For the price, this lens produces excellent results. Obviously it is not capable of what the 2.8 lenses can do, but used in the range it is designed for, I could not ask for anything better. I photograph weddings and this is an excellent zoom range for weddings. I think if I had anything wider that 28mm, it would distort too much for group shots, and anything longer than 105mm would be too long to hand hold in available light. When shot wide open, the images tend to be a little soft, but useable. I mostly photograph weddings and personal stuff at 5.6 and up. I have a 50mm 1.8 if I needed. I was really impressed after the first wedding with it. I had a Konica/Minolta before Canon and I never had pictures as clear and sharp as this combination (10D and 28-105).

This lens does not like to be pushed to the extremes, but if you operate somewhere between, you should be pleased with the image quality.

Canon EOS 10D

Review Date: Jun 18, 2009 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 8 

Pros: Solid as a rock, never missed a beat, image quality
slow start, slow image playback

I have had this camera a couple of years but did not use it seriously until last fall to shoot a wedding. I wish I had started with Canon instead of Konica/Minolta. I have sold all of my minolta gear and switched to all canon. (I now have a 20D also). I have been really impressed with the image quality. Tones seem to be really smooth compared to the Minolta. I have had more sharp clear pictures with this camera than I have ever had with any digital camera. Image qauality at iso800 good, and iso1600 is useable if exposed properly. I would'nt want to do serious cropping or big enlargements with iso800/1600, but it is useable for quite a few situations, and iso400 is useable in most situations. Canon's noise looks similar to film grain, so the noise never bothered me too much, especially when converting to black and white. Sometimes I would shoot at 1600 knowing I would be converting it to b/w so I could get a little gritty feel to the photograph. I have had great success with enlargements at 400. All in all, this camera is a good value at what it sells for today. It doesn't have the speed of the newer ones or the big screen on the back, but it is quite capable of excellent results. If you compare it to how we photographed weddings before digital, it's not so slow, and being able to change iso on the fly is a real plus. I've been told that people have made billboards with images taken from the 10D.