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Canon EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DO IS USM

Review Date: Apr 30, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: Small, light, portable, very good quality output results from range 70mm to 220mm, and the Image Stabiliser feature is truly a revelation!!!
Very very Expensive!!! And between range 250mm and 300mm, it's quite soft but stopped down at f/8, it's indeed good.

I recently bought this unique Diffractive Optics zoom lens from Canon because I needed this focal length range which is small, light, portable with good quality optics, although not as excellent as the Canon L lenses, but not that far behind. And the Image Stabiliser feature is simply the best, it's a revelation!!!

I must admit that I paid a very high price for it, but this lens is unique and it serves well for its purpose, it is definitely a lens that I will carry with me more often compared to the big, heavy and white (attracts lots of attention) Canon L telephoto zoom lenses.

In brief, I'm very satisfied with what I'm getting when I use this DO lens, and that's what really matters ;-)

Canon EOS 20D

Review Date: Jul 10, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: Semi-Professional lightning fast SLR digital camera, Excellent Image Quality, Very User-friendly to operate i.e: Perfect backup for the Canon professional DSLRs
Shutter a bit too loud

Since Ive been a previous owner of the Canon EOS 10D for a bit more than a year, with comparisons I must admit that the Canon EOS 20D sets new standard in its class.

This camera incorporates the latest Canon Digic II processor which delivers lightning fast camera operation and performances especially in image playback, image saving, autofocus and shooting speed. The battery life is truly the best and the amazing build quality is the same as the Canon EOS 10D i.e: very tough and solid but also a bit smaller and lighter too.

The output image quality of the 8.2 Megapixels CMOS sensor is really excellent but highly dependent on the optical qualities of the attached lens i.e: Sharp results will be obtained provided that you use very high quality optical grade lenses such as Canon EF 70-200 f/4 L, Tamron SP 28-75 f/2.8 Di etc

The camera is also very easy and intuitive to operate, it is indeed like second nature using it. Im also very happy to notice that Canon kept the best from the Canon EOS 10D and added new great features to make the Canon EOS 20D even better.

Overall, Im really pleased to have bought it because it gave me more satisfaction as freelance photographer to use it on the field compared to the Canon EOS 10D which was also an excellent camera, but the Canon EOS 20D is awesome in speed and performance. In brief, it is a baby Canon EOS 1D Mark II.

I also believe that the Canon EOS 20D is the best semi professional Digital SLR camera in its category. It is certainly for now the perfect backup Digital SLR to the professional Canon Digital SLRs i.e: Canon EOS 1D Mark II and Canon EOS 1Ds MarkII. Kudos to Canon ;-)

Problems with the Canon EOS 20D:

The famous lock up problems did not occurred yet, my camera has the firmware 1.1.0 installed.

There have also been reports of the viewfinder infos being too dim in bright light, I did not experienced this problem.

The one final problem is the shutter which is quite loud compared to the Canon EOS 10Ds shutter. Its not favourable to shoot in a quiet environment such as in a church celebrating a wedding etc

I nowadays have the following equipments:

Canon EOS 20D Digital SLR camera

Tamron SP 17-35mm f/2.8-4 Di ultra wide zoom lens

Tamron SP 28-75mm f/2.8 Di standard zoom lens

Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS standard zoom lens

Canon EF 100-300mm f/4.5-5.6 USM telephoto zoom lens

Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 L telephoto zoom lens

Tamron 1.4X SP AF Tele-Converter

Canon Speedlite 550 EX Flash

Canon Speedlite 580 EX Flash