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Canon EF-S 17-55 f/2.8 IS USM

Review Date: Apr 9, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: I love this lens! Great color, sharpness, contrast, balance and focal range on my 30D! A real keeper!
It's not an "L", but sure is priced like one!

After reviewing many of my photos I realized that 90% of my shots were within the focal range of this lens, and as I was lacking in low-light capabilities, I decided to try out the 17-55. Very happy with it! Great colors, and man, is this thing sharp!

It now replaces my 24-105 as my walk-around. Of course, I'll hang onto it for the day I move to FF.

Some complain that it doesn't come with a hood, but the hood of my 24-105 fits just fine for me! The build is not "L", but it seems sturdy enough, like the 10-22.

A good macro/portrait lens and a tripod, & I'll be done (really??).

The 17-55 is a really great & useful lens, as you'll see if you give it a try.

Canon EOS 30D

Review Date: Oct 29, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: IQ, easy controls, spot metering

I upgraded from the 350XT (great starter DRSL), but this is a whole new ballgame! Much better IQ & controls - I love the dials to change settings, not having to look for buttons.

I matched it up with 3 main lenses: 10-22, 24-105L, and 70-200 f/4 L. IMHO this is a great combo that will serve me for years to come....

No, it's not a 5D or 1-series, but I give it a 10 anyway, for what it is and what it does. Highly recommended!

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

Review Date: May 6, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: L-lens all the way! Great color, contrast, sharpness. Build quality is top-notch, and the weight on a 350/XT is just fine. A superb walk-around lens with excellent range.

This amazing lens, along with my 70-300 USM IS lens, will soon be complemented by the 10-22 WA for what I think is a great travel combo. And I always bring my tiny 35f/2 for low light.

If you have the $$$, it's unbeatable as a "light-weight" do-it-all lens for my 350/XT.

Canon EF 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5 USM

Review Date: Jun 29, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

Pros: Light, great focol lenght
Not an L

I have been using this lens as my all-purpose walk-around, and it has served me very well - good sharpness, color, saturation. It's a good compliment to my 17-40 and 50 f/1.8 lenses.

I just purchased an 85 f/1.8 which at first glance produces excellent exposures. Maybe I'm becoming a "primes" shooter, but will keep the 24-85 lens anyway for its versatility and "you can take only one lens" situations.

Canon i9900 Photo

Review Date: Jun 24, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: Absolutely STUNNING prints!
None so far

I just purchased this yesterday & within 45 minutes, it was up and running & I had printed one 4x6 and three 13x19 photos. All were absolutely stunning, and the ink indicators still show "Full"!

As an amateur, I'm not into calibration etc. yet, but the photos right out of my Canon XT are superb!

I looked at the i8500, which shares the same technology, but opted for the (twice-the-price) i9900 to get those 15-20 large photos I want to print each year. My local photo shop charges $24.99 for a 13x19, while now I figure my cost to be some $6.

I will display a few of my larger prints in my office, and I'm sure my clients (and friends) will take up my offer to print their larger photos for them. At $15 a pop, they get a great deal, and I get to buy my paper & ink for "free"!!!

If you're only going to print up to 8.5x11, stick with what you have or go with the i8500. Otherwise, this it IT!!