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Canon EOS Rebel (300D)

300D-2
Review Date: May 22, 2004 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $899.00 | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Price, compatibility with EF lenses, 6MP, light,
Cons:
Flimsy plastic body

This camera has made me start taking more pictures, of nature, of my family, friends, garden... That should say enough. Convenience of digital with quality approaching SLR.

I had a little 2MP Nikon and found i was taking all my casual pictures with it and not my Canon EOS A2, but quality was poor and speed was awful (could never catch a nice smile). So I bought the Digital Rebel to leverage lenses, a Tamron 28-200 AF 3.8-5.6 and my Canon 50mm 2.5 compact macro.

I love this camera, it's easy to use, holds lots of high res pictures, and the 6MP really makes a difference when printing or enlarging images. Unlike the Nikon i had there is no lag so you can catch good moments.

Yes due to plastic body it feels pretty flimsy compared to an SLR and now it's going to get some good competition in it's price range, I see price is dropping.

Recent shot with 300D and the macro lens. I'm just amazed at the detail, I zoomed in on one of my pictures and saw a spider I didn't even see in real life.

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Canon EF 50mm f/2.5 Compact Macro

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Review Date: May 9, 2004 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $180.00 | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Works well with Digital Rebel
Cons:
AF is jittery. Edit: probably just the nature of being up close and how tight the focus range is, i find it easier to use manual.

One of the reasons i bought the Digital EOS was to leverage my existing Canon lenses and this is one of my favorites. Macro is just great for nature, non-moving nature in particular.

In case you're wondering how this lense will work with the Digital EOS (running close to $850 w/o lens) you can see sample taken today
edit: link to actual photos. I cropped so that the demensions and file size would be smaller, but the detail is there. Second link has a resized image as well as a full res cropped portion.

http://www.thinair.com/Blog/archives/000010.html
http://www.thinair.com/Blog/archives/000016.html