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Canon Deluxe Backpack 200 EG

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Review Date: Jan 12, 2009 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $30.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Inexpensive, especially second hand. Good construction, padded, lots of room.
Cons:
Zipper pulls snap sometimes.

I can see how this would not fit the bill for a pro. But for an amateur without a whole lot of equipment it works fine. I have one camera, two lenses, one flash, one flash diffuser, and the usual mix of CF cards, batteries, etc. I even found room for a few of my favorite photo books in the front flap.

Lots of straps to carry whatever. The temptation would be to pack too much stuff and make it too heavy.

As far as the other comments I read about the Canon label being an advertisement to steal: all I can say is that I keep my equipment with me or secured in a safe place if it isn't with me. Someone wanting to steal it would have to take it from me and that would most likely cause them serious harm either from myself or my friends smith and wesson. I leave the Canon logo untouched.


 
Canon EOS Rebel XT (350D)

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Review Date: Dec 28, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $350.00 | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Price. Easy to use.
Cons:
Small size. Focus points can be unreliable. Kit lens is horrible.

This is an excellent entry level product. I am not a pro and this camera meets my basic needs. It is easy to use. My wife uses it on full auto mode and comes up with good results. We use this for business and personal use. I have done a number of portraits with this camera and achieved excellent results.

It has several settings for amatuers such as the portrait, landscape, etc. I have never used these but I can see how they would be useful for a beginner.

I have had some difficulty with the focusing. My solution was to switch to the mode where you choose your focus point. This seems to work quite well. Also have difficulty seeing the screen outdoors. I believe that others have mentioned these things also.

I recommend buying body only instead of fooling with the abominable kit lens which you will just ended up selling.

In all I am glad that I made this purchase about a year ago. I suspect that in the future I will be passing this camera along to someone else and purchasing something more in line for an advanced amateur maybe the 40D or 5D.