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Canon EOS 50D

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Review Date: Nov 12, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,399.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Fast, Great high MP, accurate LCD, decent high ISO handling
Cons:
For its price, none.

This camera is a huge step up for me from my XTi. With doubling the shutter speed, adding 5 megapixels to the image, and handling high ISO noise very well, I'm impressed with this guy. For its price, I'd say this camera is a steal. It will be my good back up camera when I have the new 5DII. Because it still has the 1.6x crop, I will keep the 70-200 2.8 on that, and my 24-70 on the 5DII.

Stellar camera. The body is built very nicely. The shutter lulls me to sleep. And now I can shoot with more confidence in my image quality.


 
Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM

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Review Date: Feb 3, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,052.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Incredible color, contrast, flexibility, durability, and overall awesome quality!!!
Cons:
I know everyone says weight, which is kinda true, but what do you expect with all those awesome elements in the build?

My first L lens that I owned, but not used. I'm super impressed with how well this lens handles all sorts of different situations. When it comes to shooting snowboards, this lens is nice and fast focusing with the aid of the USM, and 2.8 helps stop motion. If you're debating on 2.8 or f4 with IS, figure if you shoot action go for the 2.8, otherwise chew it on the IS.

I have also the cheap 50mm 1.8 (cheap as in price), and i used it to shoot crowds at my college's basketball games. It was super dark in there, so it sucked shooting 400ISO, 1/60 shutter speed, at 1.8. Then I bring this bad boy in, 400ISO, 2.8, 1/60 shutter speed, and theres LESS image noise from the 24-70L.

Its tough to hold it after about 3 or 4 hours if you don't give yourself a little 5 minute stretching break. Then its real tough to shoot in low light and hold the camera steady for a sharp and crisp shot.

I swear to whoever's reading this....you will never regret buying this lens...especially if youre a tool that can get this lens cheaper than me cuase I would've gladly paid 1300 for this guy knowing NOW what it can do, and I've only had it for nearly 2 weeks! I'm shooting a wedding next weekend, so we'll see how that goes.