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Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II

Review Date: Jul 5, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $90.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Cheap, Sharp, Fun to use, F/1.8!
Build Quality, AF

I bought this lens for no reason and discovered it was so worth it!

This baby is SHARP. Colors are good, and contrast is great!

Two negative points:

The build quality: Plastic fantastic. Its wiggly but it holds. I dropped it hard on concrete a few weeks ago and I thought it was all over, but to my surprise absolutly nothing happened.

The AF: Single shot is not problem and focuses just fine in normal daylight. With AI Servo shooting fast moving stuff your keeper rate is going to go down but you'll still get usable stuff. As said above it hunts in the dark.

Highly recommend as a fun lens!

Canon EOS 40D

Review Date: Nov 2, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,500.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: AI Focus, Color/Contrast, 3" Screen, Viewfinder, ISO performance, 6.5 FPS, Price for what you get.
Useless print button, On/Off switch feels like it will fall off, Cheap Plastic Battery Door, Could of been a bit more solid.

I got the 40D the last week of September. I've done all kinds of work with it already. I've put the Ai Servo through its pases with Military Aviation Photography. I've done landscape to check the White Balance Consistency, I've done Automotiv Photography to play with the ISO settings.

I own a 1DMKII and was quiet looking forward to a few things on the 40D. The main things I was looking forward too where: Better White Balance, and Better ISO performance. White Balance is fine, could be better, could be worse. The ISO performance impresses. Now you can walk around easily with ISO 1600. Also the 10.1 megapixels is great... Especially if you sometimes need to crop a few things.

AI Focus is great. I'm getting a keeper rate REAL close to the 1DMKII when shooting aviation. I also see improvement in the low light focus sector, though its not spectacular. 6.5 Fps does though still feel slow compared to 8.5 Fps of the 1DMKII, but it works and does the job.

There wasn't a wow factor when I got the camera. The screen made my eyebrows jump but that was it. Also the way the camera felt in my hands was a good sign. I've shot 2000+ shots already with it and I'm happy with it. This camera is nothing out of this world, but it puts a smile on my face every time I launch up Lightroom to check the shots. I've played around with the 1DMKIII this summer and the 40D is a Mini-MKIII. Atleast thats what I got the impression of with the work that I do with the 40D. For some other Photography its not quiet a mini-MKIII.

Some things you start appreciating once you start using the camera more: The Shutter Noise: It's just perfect. The bigger Viewfinder: The world looks better through my viewfinder now. The Dustshaker: You wont have to clean the sensor by hand that often anymore. The roll wheel feels more solid (compared to 1DMKII and 20D). The pop-up flash noise doesn't scare the whole world anymore.

Downsides: My Joystick doesn't work anymore, but I can use the menu, and to be honest, i'm to lazy to bring it to the shops because it still works. The on/off button feels like its going to fall off sometime in the future. Also the battery compartment door feels VERY plasticky. Some screws have come off and it doesn't feel solid enough for me. If I grip it real tight it feels fluffy, like the plastic isn't really that strong.

But in the end it doesn't really matter. The camera puts smile on my face and thats what it's all about.

A Happy 40D User,

Canon EOS Rebel XT (350D)

Review Date: Oct 17, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,000.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: Cheap, 3.5 Fps, 8 Mp, Low Noise, Great beginner DSLR, Compact.
Small Grip, Rather Plasticky, White Balance (time to time), small viewfinder (though it does not bug me).

I started out DSLR photography with this camera and it was a great choice. The price also is very appropriate which was another reason why I chose it. I've taken 37'000 pictures so far.

Size has always been an issue. I have relatively small hands so the grip/size was not a big problem for me, though the grip gets really annoying when you have a big lens on the camera such as the 100-400L.

It's a great everyday camera and can be used almost everywhere. I use it mainly for aviation photography and it does the job. The AI focus, especially the AI Servo is a bit slow for sport photography. I would recommend the 20/30D line for sport photographers, its worth the extra money. I had the choice between the 20D and the 350D and I went for the lower price. I do not regret it, but today, with a better understanding of DSLR photography I notice the mistake I made.

The small LCD on the back never bothered me. A lot of people complain about it's size but most LCDs don't display the image correctly and its best to just wait till you are on a PC. The LCD is good to check how the image turned out overall.

I started out with this camera in November 2005. I got the kit lens with it and a 75-300mm USM III. I still use the kit lens today as a small range lens even though I am thinking of replacing it with something better. It is not the best lens but It did the job for my first wide lens. The 75-300mm USM III was a nasty lens and I should of done more research about it. I did not want to upgrade the body just yet so today i've entered the L club of lenses and own a 100-400L. I am currently look at a smaller L lenses to replace my 18-55, but before that a 30D or maybe the someday "40D" will replace the 350D. The image quality has never been an issue and is perfectly satisfactory.

My demands exceed what the 350D is capable of, but i've never had bad experiences with the camera. I am soon to purchase the 30D and will always use the 350D as a back-up and look back at it as a good camera with positive experiences with it.

I recommend this camera to someone that is new to DSLRs or does not need it for (rather fast moving) sport photography. It does the job for almost everything else.