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Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM

Review Date: Jan 4, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,129.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Sharp with accurate, contrasty color. Quiet with fast focus under decent lighting conditions. Built like a tank.
Built like a tank. Wish I had IS for the same price.

This lens is everything they say it is.

It's got fast, quiet focus due to the f2.8 aperture and USM.

It has the ability to resolve sharp images with accurate, contrasty color.
And at the telephoto end, the images become even sharper and the bokeh even smoother.

This lens is built like a tank. You can knock this lens into a wall with a small amount of force and not bat an eye (although i wouldn't recommend doing so). It's likely to make even a 20D or 5D body feel cheap in comparisson.

Weight can be an issue. At 2.9lbs, this isn't a lens you'll want to walk around with all day. Especially not indoors where slower shutter speeds are critical. For some, a monopod / tripod is a must with this lens.

That being said, I have no problem hand holding this lens all day in moderate to good lighting conditions. Yes I am tired at the end of the day, but I also have the shots to justify that fatigue.

And to me, in the end, that's all that matters.

Canon EOS Rebel (300D)

Review Date: Oct 4, 2004 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $806.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Extremely good value for the money. Much larger, cleaner CMOS sensor than a prosumer digicam. Relatively noise stable up to ISO 800. Full range of EF / EF-S lenses available. 18-55mm kit lens is great for novices. Comfortable grip and body weight.
Silver painted plastic body is cheap "looking", noticable amount more mirror slap than compared with the 10d. ISO 1600 is usable but un-attractive. Poor RAW conversion software.

The 300D does a great job balancing the price / performance ratio. Even with the advent of the Nikon D70, the 300D sells for a street price of $700 shipped (body only), $800 shipped for the full kit. This still prices the D-SLR 3 - $400 less than the competition while offering 6.3mp of clean large CMOS sensored images with DiGIC processing.

What's more, with the 300D now being easily rigged to unlock it's 10D dormant features, you can now push the range all the way to ISO 3200, more AF modes, AI-Servo (sort off), Mirror Lockup, Flash Exp. Compensation, and more.

This camera is a no-brainer. If you're on a tight budget, a novice, and are looking for a camera that will give you enough to keep you busy for a couple of years, go and purchase this camera, you won't be disappointed with it's price and quality!