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Nikon 70-200mm f/4G ED VR AF-S Nikkor

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Review Date: Mar 15, 2013 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,300.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Great size, excellent IQ, VR is amazing. Stunning sharpness from f4. Reasonable price for level of quality.
Cons:
Nothing I've noticed yet.

Shooting on a D800 this is as sharp (or a smig sharper) than my Nikon 24-70 f2.8 @ f4. The VR makes the difference here I believe. On a tripod I'd say they are pretty equal at equal focal lengths and apertures. This is as sharp as my copy of the 105 f2 DC at f4 and I like the color a little better on this one.

I love this lens!


 
Canon EOS 20D

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Review Date: Dec 3, 2004 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,550.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: "Faster" in almost every respect than my 10D - start up, Noise to ISO, fps, focus, read/write time. etc. Slightly smaller and easier to carry around. Better battery life - particually when using the built-in-flash. Can use also EF-S lenses. I really loved my 10D and the 20D seems to just be a little better across the board.
Cons:
The only thing that I feel could be improved would be the white balance performance. It doesn't seem improved over the 10D and it could be better compared to other cameras, in this category.

I shot with a 10D for about a year before selling it to my brother and getting the 20D which I've been shooting now for about 2 months. I was very excited to get the 20D as soon as possible in part because of how much I loved the 10D. Knowing what I know now I might not have upgraded. Like I said I love 20D and it's better than the 10D in many differnt ways but the improvements are refinements instead of a leap forward. I really feel like I'm using the same camera most of the time - and that's not a bad thing. The resolution difference is very minor between these cameras. The improved noise difference however is very noticable and I don't hesitate to shoot at 800 or even 1600 when I need to. On the 10D I tried to stay at 400 or below. Usually though I shoot at 100 and there is no noticable difference between the two.

To be clear I don't regret upgrading, I just think the 10D is about 95% of what the 20D is and I probably wouldn't miss the improvements too much.

Overall, I love this camera and I think it's the best camera in it's category.


 
Canon EF 28-90mm f/4-5.6 II USM

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Review Date: Aug 27, 2004 Recommend? no | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 4 

 
Pros: Very inexpensive, light and compact.
Cons:
The image quality is pretty mediocre. The build is certainly cheap but what I would expect for the amount of money you're spending.

I got this lense as a gift with my Elan 7 - my first SLR in 20 years. I shot a couple of dozen rolls with this lense and loved many of the pictures I got with it. It was only after getting my 10D and reading up on lenses that I realized this was a very cheap entry level zoom. After comparing it to a 50mm 1.4 and a few other L lenses I realized that pictures could be much better than lense was capable of capturing.

I gave this lense away. I don't think it's terrible but there are so many other reasonably price lenses out there that are much better and I just ended up never using it. If it comes with a kit and it's all you've got for a while it's not the end of the world. I still love some of the pictures I shot with this lense but now I know better and would use something else.


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

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Review Date: Aug 12, 2004 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,180.00 | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Compact and black, Great IS, Fast AF, Quality Build, Useful Range,
Cons:
Expensive, a bit soft sometimes

I have noticed some overall softness with this lense but I do really like the color I get out of it. I can't compare it to any of the 70 - 200 L lenses which I'm sure are great but the size if this lense is much more usable for me.

I'm sure there are sharper options out there but few that offer anything close to the conveniences of this lense. It is much more usable than the larger white lenses for an amature like myself and the images are much better than those I used to get out of my 75-300 or that I get out of a 28 - 135 IS. Almost every lense suffers a bit wide open. This one isn't an exception but over all the picture quality that I've see is really quite good... even for the money my wife spent on it.


 
Canon EOS 10D

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Review Date: Jan 7, 2004 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,500.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Solid build. Excellent image quality at almost all ISO speeds. Lots of custom functions. Priced within reason.
Cons:
Slow write speed. Crapy software to convert RAW files.

This is my first digital SLR. Previously, I shot pretty much everything on an Elan 7. The transition has been very easy. Those two camera have so many similar features. I enjoy the flexibility of changing the ISO without having to change film. Converting RAW files it a bit tedious but the quality of the images is amazing compared to anything that I've ever scanned off film. I realize the Digital Rebel is now out and delivers virtually the exact same image quality for $500 or $600 less but the added controls of the 10D are worth it to me. The 10D seems to focus as well or better than my Elan 7 does so I'm assuming the focusing problem has been handled or I got lucky. I've enjoyed shooting at night with this camera. I have never had the same success with film in night shots. This digital medium seems to be much easier to use for long exposure shots at night. I've gotten a little frustrated with the write speed. I couple of times I've had to wait for the camera to write before I could take another shot and missed something but that makes up for a very small part of my shooting. Being able to observe the result so quickly after shooting is a great advantage to me. It a lot easier to catch little mistakes and improver my overall skill with the camera. Overall I love this camera and I'm rapidly falling for digital altogether.

 
Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM

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Review Date: Jan 7, 2004 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $300.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Affordable. Fast. Nice portait lense on a 1.6 convertion factor camera.
Cons:
None that I have noticed

On my film body I shot 90% of my pictures with this lense. I'm still getting used to it on a 10D with the 1.6 convertion. In some ways it's even better on the 10D because most of my pictures are portrait shots and the crop effect actually tightens up shots without needing to get so close. I also shoot a lot of baby pictures and it makes for a better shot of their small heads. I prefer build and feel of this lense over the EF 50mm f/1.8 but I haven't use that lense very much so I'm not sure that the picture quality is much different beyond the extra stop.