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Canon EOS 20D

20d
Review Date: Dec 18, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,150.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Almost instant on; instant shutter; shutter "click" (sounds cool); excellent build (compared to 300D); white balance.
Cons:
Small LCD, wished it was larger and easier to see in bright daylight

This was an upgrade from the 300D. After only owning it for 3 weeks and 2500 pictures, I love this camera and regret not upgrading sooner. Tried all the functions in the creative and basic modes and can't find a single flaw. A better comparison is the 20D vs. Nikon's D70 rather than the 300D.

 
Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM

ef17-40_4l_1_
Review Date: Dec 18, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $650.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Excellent sharpness, myh most used walk-around lens on my 20D. Light and "L" optical quality. Low priced cost effective L-lens.
Cons:
Some softness which is expected for this price.

I bought this lens as a replacement for the 28-135 IS USM as my walk around lens for traveling though I brought both on my previous trips. I found I liked the picture quality of the 17-40 better than the 28-135 so this lens sits on my 20D all the time. For the price I paid, I expected the lens not to perform as well as the 24-70 at twice the price. When zoomed in at 200% in Photoshop, I can tell the difference but I'm not dwelling on the small details.