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Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM

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Review Date: Nov 11, 2011 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,200.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Great shots at F2, very solidly built, black instead of those white 70-200Ls, super cool bokeh.
Cons:
I've yet to find anything negative.

I've had this lens for a little over a year now. I've read reviews that say that the focal length is a little unfitting for an APS-C crop sensor, but I've been using this exclusively on my Canon 350d and the focal length is great for what I've been using it for. I've used it for landscape shots, city shots, portraits, and events. The images are nice and sharp all the way to F2, it's great for low light, and the build quality is nice and solid. Also, the fact that the lens is black instead of the other high end L white lenses is a positive to me. I can't think of anything negative to write about this one.

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Canon EOS Rebel XT (350D)

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Review Date: Nov 11, 2011 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $350.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Good image quality, sturdy, long lasting, small.
Cons:
Relatively small resolution compared to today's Rebels, small LCD screen, quite a bit of area missing in the viewfinder.

The positive:

I bought a 350d at Wal-Mart back in 2008, it was my first DSLR. The shutter life expectancy is 50,000 clicks but I'm sure I've surpassed that already and this little fella is still going strong. I've dropped it down a flight of stairs (breaking my plastic fantastic 50mm) and it's still going strong. I've taken it out in the rain, freezing cold winter, everything I could throw at it. It's still going strong. I have a photography book published, photos published in international newspapers and magazines, the quality is great. I take a lot of shots in crowded bars downtown and the small size of this camera makes it very easy to wander through mazes of busy people.

The Bad:

The LCD screen is a little too small to see if manually focused shots are sharp enough, there's no live view, the focus misses sometimes in darker situations even with top line lenses, it's only 8MP compared to today's 18MP Rebel line, my 350d has the grey body which doesn't look as cool as black, and the plastic body feels a little cheap.

Overall:

This is the camera that got me in to photography nearly 4 years ago and I've never looked back. Most of the photos I've taken with it are fantastic but it usually takes a few images to get the perfect shot because of missed focus. I paid $350 for this camera and a kit lens at Wal-Mart. Now that I've paired it with a Tamron 17-50 f2.8 and a Canon 135mm F2 I've taken some fantastic shots. I'm probably not going to upgrade until the shutter dies out on me.