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Canon EOS 20D

20d
Review Date: Sep 20, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,099.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: HUGE step up from my Rebel XT. I didn't like the feel of the XT at ALL. This, on the other hand actually feels like a camera should. I like the fact that you can do a RAW and various JPEG's (instead of only one choice). I also like the pictures it takes, battery life, overall ease of use. I got the "deal of the century" from Ritz. Camera, lens (GOD I HATE IT, See below) and a Canon 6000 printer for 1099.
Cons:
Gripes: 1. WHAT THE HELL is Canon thinking with that cheap 18-55 kit lens?? CHARGE ME an extra 100 or so and give me something that I actually USE. I have put it in the box and will never use it. I have "replaced" it with a Tamron 17-35 and a 28-75 lens. Also, there seems to be a propensity to get more dust on the sensor/images. Now this could be the fact I am using Tamron glass, and also changing more, but I feel I am carefull...... 2. No ISO in the viewfinder. 3. The screen size is not as big a deal for me as the fact that it needs to be brighter!

I pretty much summed up everything above. However, if someone has any suggestions on keeping "dust" down or better cleaning, I am all ears.

acigarnut@sbcglobal.net

My Gear:

20D
BGE2 grip (invaluable for portraits)
430EX flash

Glass: Tamron 17-35, 28-75, 70-300 and the 90mm macro.

Tripod: Manfroto carbon fiber with ball head

Monopod: Manfroto with ball head

Bag: Tamrac Expidition 4 (would like bigger some day)

Wish list:

a 300mm f/4 and possibly a good portrait lens.....


 
Tamron 28-75mm f2.8 XR Di Zoom AF

28-75mm
Review Date: Jul 5, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $359.00 | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Good all around lense. I really like 2.8 across the range. Good value for the money, good color and sharpness.
Cons:
If it was 18-75 I would like it even more!

Hi everyone, this is my first post here. Great site. I have had this lense for about 6 months now and really love it. I "pooch" up the ISO to about 800 on my camera and can easily get by without a flash under most circumstances. That opens up more possibilities for low light situations. I have had people literally stop and look at the pictures taken with this lense in amazement. Not bad for a rank amature. I am eagerly awaiting the new 75-300 lens that Tamron is supposedly coming out with. If I had any complaint other than wanting it to go down to 18 instead of 28 I would say I would like slightly better macro performance, but that is nit picking really.