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Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM

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Review Date: Mar 11, 2009 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $250.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: price, focal range, image quality, IS, USM
Cons:
barrel wobble

I bought my copy second hand off eBay and could not be more pleased, I had been researching lenses for about a month or two trying to decide which would come after my kit 18-55 lens. After much deliberation this lens fit the bill. The focal length is great for a walk around, the USM makes focusing fast and quiet, and the price is unbeatable. I feel that this lens is the perfect stepping stone for new photographers that cannot stand the 18-55 kit lens but are not ready or confident enough in their skills to take the plunge on an L. This is one lens that will stay with me for a long while.

The only negative i have found so far is the barrel wobble, after putting it on my camera and walking around with it i thought something had broken in my camera do to a shaky feeling only to find out that it was just the construction of the lens and nothing to worry about.


 
Canon EOS Rebel XSi (450D)

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Review Date: Feb 25, 2009 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $600.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Light weight, 12.2 MP sensor, SD memory, Sharp Images, Price, Ease of use
Cons:
Grip is too small (for my hands) Kit Lens, ISO limited to 1600

Well I got this camera because i wanted to start up in astro-photography and found a pretty good deal at the price i paid. Since then i have taken up photography as a hobby and have fallen in love with this camera, it is easy to use and has a good lot of features in order to learn with. Obviously not a professional level camera but i plan on keeping and using this camera until it functions no more.

The positives are well emphasized by canons website so i will focus on negatives.

The lens included is terrible at best, the only benefit it offers is the capability to take pictures right away without having to purchase a lens. Granted it is good enough for quick snapshots and what not it has little to no creative capabilities. I highly recommend buying another lens within a month or so.

The size of the body frustrates me at times, one particular time i was shooting for close to 2 hours and my hand became uncomfortable after an hour or two. I believe this is a personal problem more than anything because i have relatively large hands. I plan on buying a battery grip to remedy this. However, it is bigger than the XT and XTI so it is more comfortable than those.

I highly recommend this camera for anyone new to DSLR, this camera has everything you need to start and will take you through to becoming a seasoned photographer. The $100-$200 more that it will cost you over the XT and XTi are paid off in the long run as this camera will last you a LONG time.