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Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II

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

 
Pros: Sharp, extremely lightweight, best bang for the buck in the Canon lineup
Cons:
Build quality, zoom noise, a little bit soft wide open

Yes, the build quality is cheap, but you know what? Even with the cheapo build quality I've had absolutely no issues with it. It's the lightest lens in the Canon line-up, extremely sharp, and extremely useful in low light situations. And at ~$70, a lens that everyone should own.

 
Canon Deluxe Backpack 200 EG

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Review Date: Jan 24, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $60.00 | Rating: 7 

 
Pros: Surprisingly small given the amount of room inside. Well constructed, lightweight, outside pockets easy to reach while wearing pack
Cons:
Poor strap system, uncomfortable with a heavy load, tripod stow only effective with small tripods

I bought this backpack before a trip to Hawaii, and it served it's purpose well. It was lightweight, carried my camera gear easily, had enough storage space for extras, and fit easily on an airplane. However, soon after coming back from Hawaii I acquired more camera gear that added a significant amount of weight to my load. The canon's strap system doesn't handle weight very well, and with a full load the back padding proves woefully inadequate and the pack pulls down uncomfortably on my shoulders.

However, you can't find a backpack around this price that'll hold this much gear, so it does serve it's purpose. When I don't feel like lugging my Nature Trekker around, I toss my camera with a few lenses, some film and flash in the Canon bag and head out and it does the job just fine..

I'd only recommend it for day trips or lightweight gear.


 
Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM

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Review Date: Jan 10, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $500.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Sharp, fast AF, wonderful color and contrast, lightweight, affordable!
Cons:
The optional tripod collar is expensive.

I couldn't be more pleased with my lens. Great and very useful zoom range, sharp as a tack with wonderful color and contrast. It does seem to draw a lot of attention being somewhat big and white, but I can deal with that. My only nit is that for proper balance and the best stability on a tripod, you really should have a tripod collar, and Canon's collar is pretty damn expensive for what it is.