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Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM

Review Date: Jun 24, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $370.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: Good build quality; very sharp; excellent macro capabilities
Sometimes slow to focus especially when traversing between macro and regular focus.

This is my first Canon macro lens. Found it to be easy to use and quite satisfying to be able to get close ups of flowers, jewelry, and the like. Was pleasantly surprised by just how good the 60mm is when used as a portrait lens. Very sharp photos and a good fit for portraits even with the 1.6X factor on my Canon 30D.

Canon EOS 30D

Review Date: May 13, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,369.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Instant on; great feel in my hands; pictures outstanding and a wealth of options available.
This is a thinking person's camera once you get out of the auto modes, and just requires a lot of practice to remember all the settings, and it is especially challenging when trying to get pictures fast.

I like nearly every aspect of this camera. After upgrading from a Digital Rebel there is a world of difference - turns on and ready to go nearly instantly! The pictures I am getting wth my lens set are outstanding. I am very pleased with this upgrade and recommend it with no hesitation.

Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM

Review Date: Dec 1, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,187.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Crisp pictures, IS a big plus, love the 24-105 range. This has become my walk-around lens.
A bit heavy; don't like the significant extension in lens length for longer zoom.

I think Canon has a hit with this L quality lens. While I use it on my digital Rebel so the range is longer than marked, I find it to cover the vast majority of shooting situations I am normally in. Good bokeh as well. Over-all I find that the qulity of pictures is similar to my 70-200mm L lens - all of which adds up to a lot of lens for a lot of money...but worth it.