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Canon EOS 20D

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Review Date: Dec 8, 2004 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 6 

Pros: Better buffer -makes use of faster cards. File size - not a great leap from the 10D but bigger is better.
Cons:
Size - should be the same as the 10D. Annoyingly loud shuuter - why? Viewfinder - hold it to the sky and look at the grain. Charger - some generic batteries will not charge.

I bought the 20D from pixmania.co.uk for 1020 - Canon will accept European bodies for waranty, but not american bodies. Beware!!
The first copy I had to send back and get a replacement. The replacement however is good. It came with firmware 1.0.5 pre-installed (an upgrade is out now).

Despite what someone on here said, the internal buffer of the 20D is a great improvement. I shoot 100% raw and with Lexar 80x pro cards it shows!
Before I would have to wait for the "busy" sign to clear many times during a shoot - now I don't see it. My primary reason for upgrading was because of the buffer and I'm not disappointed.

Focusing is fast, but I find that occasionally I need to re-focus as it doesn't focus on the right spot. I generally only use the centre AF point but with the addition of the new "twiddle stick" it becomes easy to select any of the 9 AF points on-the-fly which is great for not having to re-compose shots.

The noise level is okay up to 400 ISO. At 400 and higher it is well controlled but is of no use to studio work although I'm sure its great for sports shooters.

For some reason canon has decided to make the shutter button much louder. I'm not sure why but its a touch over the top and I don't seem to be able to find a control to turn it off Wink

The camera is smaller and lighter than previous cameras, which is a slight problem for me as I have large hands. With a heavy lens on it becomes a touch unweildy.
There must come a point with electronics becoming too small.
It would have been better if it was left the same size/weight as the previous model - but then you wouldn't go out and buy a new grip.

The charger is small and light but I have had problems with generic batteries - some just will not charge on the new charger.
Note to canon: please include a double charger with future cameras like the D60 had. Also please include the mains adapter (again like the one that came free with the D60) and stop charging 65 for one Sad

ETT-L II seems erratic at best but I haven't explored it a lot so will not comment further.

Would I recommend it to others?
If they have the money, yes. If money is a concern I would suggest the 10D or even a used D60. To me the only selling point of the 20D is the buffer. If you want or need the buffer get the 20D, otherwise don't.

I recently purchased a BG-E2 and have had no problems with it, its sturdy and solid. Maybe a newer model???


 
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8

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Review Date: Jun 21, 2004 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 8 

Pros: price, weight, F1.8
Cons:
slow focus, plastic

a must have for anyone with a canon camera. I've use the 1.4 and the 1.8 versions of Canon's 50mm and have to say i dont see much (if any) difference in final image quality.
The non USM focusing is not as fast as it could be but for the price who cares!


 
Sigma 28mm f1.8 EX DG Aspherical Macro

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Review Date: Jun 21, 2004 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 8 

Pros: fast, good macro, solid build
Cons:
heavy, not good until f4, slow focus

I bought this after considering a few macro lenses. It was my first sigma and I've been quite happy with it.
The construction is very solid and it almost weighs the same as the Canon 28-135 IS USM.
Wide open i've found the lens to be fairly useless but taken down to f4 - f8 it starts to show why its a good cheap lens. Its very sharp and has a nice bokah - Flare and distortion are quite minimal.

The only other major drawback is the slow and loud focusing, it does get there but it would scare away and wildlife - not that being so close would of course Wink

Worth the money!