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Canon EOS 1D

Review Date: Apr 22, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,800.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: Simply amazing build quality, SOLID BRICK; 45AF Points, very fast/inteligent AF; 8fps!; virtually zero shutter lag time; spacious viewfinder; endless customization...
Changing ISO, Drive Mode, etc. is very awkward at first, becomes painful with handheld big lenses; no preview zoom for us chimpers!; slight green cast and very slight banding; menu navigation can also be cumbersome at first...

Never having owned a 1 series camera before, and coming from a Digital Rebel, i can safely say that i am positively and completely blown away by this machine. I dont feel ISO noise is much of an issue considering how much i payed for this camera, and that it was released in 2002. I have noticed only a minimal amount of banding and only if i look real close, so this hasnt become an issue for me yet. I DO recommend loading a custom tone curve though, as the green casting is pretty noticeable.

This camera feels much more like an extension of my hand and eye. What i want to take a picture of is what i get at exactly the moment i hit the shutter release. This combined with outstanding image quality more than justifies what i spent on this baby. And considering the 1D retailed at $7000 in 2002, its one hell of a deal!

I get to feeling like this camera will be able to handle college football this season quite a bit better than my 300D could have. Wink

Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II

Review Date: Apr 4, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $70.00 | Rating: 8 

Pros: Nice, wide apertures at a low cost. Super-light and short, physically. Quick AF for a non-USM lens. VERY discreet and non-intimidating.
Quite soft between 1.8-2.5 for being a prime lens. Awkward manual focus ring.

Quite simply you get what you pay for, which is a good thing, and a not-so-good thing.

Firstly, this lens has saved me in more than just a few sticky situations, in fact its on my camera a lot more than i thought it would be when i purchased it. Also, this is an excellent lens if you're trying to be discreet, as with street photography and such. People are easily intimidated by large lenses, so this lens will make a huge difference! if im ever out looking for street photos, this is my lens of choice. The wide aperture of 1.8 has also saved me many times on indoor shoots for speakers/lectures etc... this makes it worth every penny!

There are some ugly downfalls though (which are to be expected from such a cheap lens you could say). This lens is terribly soft wide open, enough to make me think that my copy had significant front-focus issues (this could also be partly due to the 300D's less-than-perfect AF performance, especially at super-wide apertures). This was especially surprising to me considering the fact that this is a prime lens. Expect to be dialing up to f2.8 on a regular basis if you desire any sort of sharpness over shutter speed.

With all that said, i still recommend this lens, because hey, its dirt cheap and fast! That is, cheap and fast enough to easily outweigh the poor build softness.