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Canon EOS Rebel XSi (450D)

Canon450D
Review Date: Nov 14, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Light weight, small. Good image quality.
Cons:
Quality control is iffy?

The initial photos looked ok but soft. It was not the 18-55 lens, the camera front-focused. A trip to Canon's New Jersey repair center fixed it but the viewfinder is not sharp when the lens is in focus. Adjusting the focus so the viewfinder is sharp results in poor lens focus.

The camera is very good but the quality control is not. The price is excellent for what we get, a camera that is probably better than the 40D at about twice the price.

Noise at ISO 400 and above is noticeable but easily controlled with a 3rd party noise reduction program. Overall I really like this camera.


 
Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM

24-105lisusm
Review Date: Feb 6, 2006 Recommend? no | Price paid: $1,250.00 | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: IS works very well. Color saturation is very good. Sharpness seems good (2nd time)
Cons:
Expensive. Large and heavy. Very poor quality control.

My first 24-105 was delivered the evening before I was going on a trip. I usually test things before taking them away but it is an "L" series and I expected it to be just great (like my 70-200 f4 L is).

The photos seemed ok but when I got home from my trip I looked at the images closely and they appeared just a bit soft. Testing confirmed the 24-105 was not as sharp as my 24-85. I even had a photo of the same subject from a previous trip that I had now from the 24-105 and it confirmed the results.

I sent the lens back and ordered another. The 2nd one is much sharper. Judging from the number of not so good lenses (and even discounting the standard forum rate of 50% user error) Wink it appears Canon does not have a handle on their quality control.

I wrote Canon about the first lens and their reply was if the lens continues to exhibit this problem that I should send it back. If it continues...!? Does it become broken in and get better? Not. I wrote Canon to say this looked like a form answer and this level of customer service was unacceptable for a problem with a new $1200 lens.

My recommendation: if you get a good one, they are good! The question is how many do you have to go through and what kind of support will you get from Canon?
Until Canon show consistent quality with this lens I would not recommend buying one unless you have a lot of patience and can return the not so good ones.


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