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Canon EOS 5D

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Review Date: Jul 5, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Sharp, good contrast. Way better than the abysmal 20D I had before. Image quality at 12MP is twice as good as the 8MP I hade before.
Cons:
Expensive. Some focussing blurred edge problems currently which mean a trip to canon service. Maybe the lens or maybe misaligned sensor.



 
Canon EOS Rebel (300D)

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Review Date: Jul 5, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $800.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: My example was perfect. Focuses well, kit lens was sharp overall. Battery life is plenty.
Cons:
Slow to right to the card in RAW mode. Ok if shooting JPG. A faster card helps but dosn't fix the problem

I bought this camera to suplement my 645 kit to do urgent jobs where the customer wanted small images quickly. The camera was so good i "upgraded" to a 20D.

My 20D was very poor at focusing so I sold it on Ebay and bought a 5D which is much better. I now keep the 300D as a back up.

It was interesting to note while I had the 20D that there was no significant difference between the 6MP 300D and the 8MP of the 20D. If you could read a sign on one you could read it on the other. I shot most jobs on both cameras just in case so I did a lot of comparisons.

My 20D would only focus on high contrast subjects but the 300D was happy in almost all situations.

Mine was a good example, but I suspect there are bad ones as well so be carefull when you buy.


 
Sigma 24-70mm f2.8 EX Aspherical DG DF

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Review Date: Jul 5, 2006 Recommend? no | Price paid: $225.00 | Rating: 3 

 
Pros: Cheap, f2.8
Cons:
Soft at all apatures. Imge results poorer than the kit 18-55mm that comes with the 300D 20D etc.

I bought this to upgrade from my 18-55mm kit lens, but unfortunatly it wasn't as good. I sent it back to Sigma who sent me another one which was exactly the same. I saved up and boought a Canon 24-70 f2.8L which was much better.

Its a shame becasue I have had other Sigma lenses that have been excellent (the 70-200 f2.8 )


 
Canon Extender EF 2x II

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Review Date: Jul 5, 2006 Recommend? no | Price paid: $337.00 | Rating: 1 

 
Pros: Its small enough to throw at the shop assistant who sold it me and heavy enough to hurt!
Cons:
Redefines unsharp. This is the most blurry thing I have ever bought. Used on a 5D with 70-200 f2.8L (non IS) at around f8.0 all new kit. All images taken were unusable. Now arguing with shop to try and get my money back.

I have bought bad lenses before (eg sigma 24-70 f2.8) but never anything as bad as this. No doubt this is a bad example but when you buy new professional L series kit you expect it to work first time out of the box. I paid the high price and bought it from a real shop ( Calumet ) in the hope I would avoid anything iffy. First time I use it its clearly unusable and now the shop is giving me the run around (they say I have to take it back to the branch I bought it from who will "exchange it" )

I am getting very very very tired of Canon "professional " stuff that doesn’t work properly.