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Canon EOS 40D

40d
Review Date: Mar 26, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Solid build, superb image quality, fast shutter speed, sensor cleaning
Cons:
Red light illuminates on back of camera during exposure (not great for long exposures)

I recently upgraded from the 350D to the 40D, and there were so many dramatic improvements it was incredible. When I first picked up the 40D the immediate thing I noticed was the solid build. I was even further impressed after playing around with the camera for a while: I was incredibly impressed with the fast shutter speed, and the image quality was such a step up from the 350D there really isn't even a comparison.

Before I purchase the 40D I was in the - what seems like - common dilema: 40D or 5D? Given I shoot a lot of birds and wildlife, the fast shutter and 1.6x crop were the deciding factors and I don't regret it in the least. Of course I wouldn't mind the full frame for landscapes, but that's what the 10-22mm lens is for right? As for those extra 2+ megapixels...I'm guessing that difference will only be just barely noticeable in a 20x30 (or bigger) print.


 
Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM

ef17-40_4l_1_
Review Date: Sep 20, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: An excellent and very sharp lens. Fantastic sharpness and contrast. Build quality is fantastic - very solid.
Cons:
A tad soft at 17mm near the edges.

A great lens. One of my favorite lenses for landscapes and portraits. My lens has been through a lot, and has survived it all. Very tough build. Its image quality is outstanding. In my comparisons with the 18-55 (Ok, is that really a comparison?), this lens won hands down - the difference was pretty remarkable.

 
Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM

ef400mmf_56_1_
Review Date: Jan 16, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Price, sharpness, contrast
Cons:
None for the price

To sum it up - this lens is fantastic. Incredibly sharp and it yields incredible results. For birding and wildlife I considered this lens or the 300mm f4.0 (I didn't consider the 100-400 for other reasons). I played around with the 300mm and I liked the 400mm lens so much more. Ok, at f5.6 it ain't the fastest on the planet, but you are getting a very sharp 400mm L-series prime lens at a great price. No complaints from me...