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Canon Deluxe Backpack 200 EG

Review Date: Apr 21, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $32.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: Price, size, versitile
needs more strucural support. Not "soldier proof".

Considering the compact size, it holds alot.
20D w/ BGE2 grip attached
Sigma 15-30EX
Sigma 24-70EX
Canon 100-400 IS
Canon 70-200 f/4L
Canon 28mm f/2.8
Canon 50mm f/1.8
Canon 580ex Flash
My monopod is on the outside as well as my mini tripod

It holds 1/2 the world but it lacks durability and gets 60% of its structural integrity form its contents. THe inner partitions are good as seprators but is about it.

Get it for a quick pack bag, is great to get through crowds with but if you need to lens swap you have to take it off, lay it down flat on surface, do your swap, seal it back up and sling it back on. But you get what you pay for so you cant complain.

Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM

Review Date: Apr 10, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $519.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: fast, clear, "L" glass, price point on quality, the white makes everyone think i have purpose in life, and am there for a reason and not just some dork with a camera.
not 2.8, not IS, doesnt make my breakfast

You know, i'd like to own a 2.8L IS version, but i cant afford it and if you are reading these reviews you likely cant either. So i'll tell you what you want to know. The answer is yes, since you cant afford a 2.8L IS, you want this lens. If you need a good quality lens to fill the 70-200 range and not give your first born, this is it. Lens is responsive, clear and sharp. A friend and i compared them (his is a 2.8L non-IS) and the difference tween ours were slight. Is it a perfect lens? no, none is, is this the best lens you'll ever get for this money? It is for me.
Happy shooting.

Canon EOS 20D

Review Date: Mar 28, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,400.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: Price, image quality
I wish it was full frame, I want faster access custom funciton or preset settings.

Simply put, most of us want full frame but cant afford it. We want all the goodies but not the price. The 20D is that and you only sacrifice a 1.6x. Yes this is a pain but it is nearly standard now so lots of resources are available on now to emotionally cope with it.

I bought when it was new and havent regretted it.

Sigma 15-30mm f3.5-4.5 EX Aspherical DG DF

Review Date: Mar 21, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $299.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: Wide Range, price, great color
No HSM, nonremovable hood, BIG filter required

Color is rich, The lense hood isnt removable but there is a ring that is removable which snugs over the end which you can put a skylight filter (etc) to. This is a lil weird for me but with the other pros I can't complain. For the price, you cant beat it. Some may not like the size, its as big as my telephoto, as far as that goes i dont mind.
If you need a wide for a 1.6x camera, I shoot a 20D, then I highly recommend this lens.

Sigma 28-70mm f2.8-4 High Speed Zoom

Review Date: Mar 19, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $70.00 | Rating: 6 

Pros: Price, range
Searches in low light. little soft, "high speed" is still slow, flare, CA

I got this lense when I first got my 20D. I cant complain about it as it has been too good to me and is my usual walk around lense, still. I bought it as a cheap lense to get to know my camera with and i've kept it far longer then I ever thought I would.

If you put it on a tripod you'll not have a problem. It is a good lense if you have plenty of light and at the price it is an insignificant purchase. Get one just to have incase something happens to a lense you care about.

Use the hood