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Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II

Review Date: Jun 2, 2003 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $60.00 | Rating: 6 

Pros: fantastic sharpness and color. Inexpensive.
Cheaply made. Manual focus doesn't "stay". Sometime searches in low-light autofocusing on my D60.

Bought this used when I bought my D60. Superb portrait lens with fantastic color and bokeh. However, it is a little noisy when in autofocus mode. The body is also cheaply made. The lens was free of dust and debris when I bought it 15 months ago, but now has noticable dust inside. But it doesn't affect picture quality (at least not yet). Only other gripe is it doesn't hold the manual focus for me. For instance, when shooting basketball indoors I would manually focus on the goal and then shoot away without changing my shooting location. But after a couple of minutes I would have to refocus on the goal to get the lens back in focus again. Almost like zoom creep, I guess.

All-in-all, I still use this lens quite a bit for portrait work!

Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM

Review Date: Jun 2, 2003 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $975.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Superb color, sharpness. Fast autofocus. Very durable.
Slightly heavy when hand-holding.

I bought this used and haven't had one single problem of any kind with it. I have probably taken over 5,000 photos with it in all kinds of weather, including a steady rain. Super sharp with fantastic color. I have even dropped (while in my camera bag) from four feet high to asphalt driveway without any damage to the lens. The lens cover, however, was a different story!

Canon Speedlite 420EX TTL

Review Date: Jun 2, 2003 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $225.00 | Rating: 8 

Pros: Easy to use (especially for beginners), far-reaching, smaller than the 550EX
No manual controls

This was the first dedicated flash that I purchased. I used it immediately for a 50th wedding anniversary/family reunion and didn't have any problems. But after using it for a couple of months I came across situations where I wish it had manual controls. Using my D60, most of the time I set the camera to 'P' or 'M' to use with this flash. It doesn't do as well in 'Av' or 'A' mode.

Canon Extender EF 1.4x II

Review Date: Jun 2, 2003 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $450.00 | Rating: 8 

Pros: Superb color
Slight loss of sharpness

I bought mine from a local Canon dealer in Houston -- paid a higher price because I needed it immediately. When used with my 70-200mm f2.8 (non-IS) lens, it loses just a little bit of sharpness. Is it enough to bother me? NO! I use it all the time for baseball, football, lacrosse -- in other words, all of the outdoor sports I don't hesitate to put this thing on.