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Canon EOS 5D Mark II

Review Date: Jan 6, 2009 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $2,699.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: That amazing rear LCD, fantastic movie modes, incredible high ISO performance, AF still works great if not better than the original 5D, nice battery life, awsome 21 megapixel sensor that retains a huge amount of detail, it's nice to choose different RAW file types (sraw1 and 2)
Wish it had more focus points to choose from like the 1d's, wish it had dual memory card slots, wish it had an integrated vertical grip. Hmm, sounds too much like a 1dsIII haha.

Over the last 3 years I've gone XT -> 30D -> 5D -> 1DII -> 1DIII -> 5DII. This is the best Canon camera I've owned for a lot of reasons. The Mark 3 has it beat in areas like the vertical grip and super fast AF and FPS, but everywhere else the 5DII trumps it. Higher ISO, double the resolution, lighter weight, full frame sensor, way better LCD, HD movies, AF in live view.. it's a great camera. Cannot wait till it warms up again and I can shoot some landscapes. It makes a fantastic wedding camera for now, the one battery lasts all day going through 16gb of photos, I just need to buy bigger CF cards!

I plan on getting a 5D classic in a few months to act as a backup, it's still a very capable camera.

Tamron 17-50mm F/2.8 XR Di II LD Aspherical [IF]

Review Date: Mar 12, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: Unbelieveably sharp, great color and contrast, comes with a hood
Will only work on APS-C sensors, but that's ok with me!

This was the 3rd lens I bought for my XT. Upon receiving it I immediately did some testing on a tripod in my kitchen to see how sharp the pictures turned out. I was stunned. I honestly don't see how a lens can get any better in terms of focusing ability.

It's got a nice weight to it and balances out well on the XT, and it'll be even better on the 30D I plan on buying shortly.

If you are deciding between this and the 17-40L, get the Tamron! I'm so glad I did!!!

Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II

Review Date: Nov 10, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $65.00 | Rating: 8 

Pros: REALLY light, can't beat the price, great 1st lens
Feels very cheap even for my first DSLR lens without even trying out any other lenses yet, rinky-dink little focus ring, and I'll probably never use it with an f stop wider than 4.0 as the softness REALLY comes out on my copy.

I have never owned a DLSR before, so this was my first one, along with my first lens. And even with having little knowledge of DSLR's and lenses, I know this is a cheap-o lens. Doesn't take a pro to realize you're getting what you pay for, cheap construction, it feels like something you would buy at Toys R Us.

The other thing is the sharpness. I did a lot of experimenting the first night with the lense at a fixed focus on a tri-pod and in two locations in my house after taking shots through the entire f stop range, I can say I'll probably never be taking this lense wider than 4. 5.6 seems to be its sweet spot and it tails off as you head towards f/22. I'm going to do some shooting tomorrow outside to see what I can come up with.