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Canon EOS 1Ds

Review Date: Jan 14, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: 1. Full Frame! 2.Bright Viewfinder: Someone turned on the light! Wow... 3. Really nice skin tone and grain-like texture 4. Built like a tank!
1. ok, it doesn't have 3200+ ISO but I knew that when I bought it... 2. A bit slow in writing and boot-up compared to my 20D But... it's a 5 yrs old camera so it's not really a negative I think

Having a full frame DSLR have been my dream since the day the first dslr came out (I think it was D30 or D2000?). Finally, I got my hands on a used 1Ds (mint condition) at around the same price as a 5D. Since I have a 20D, I don't care too much about the lower ISO limit. After trying out a few shots, the results really blew me away. First, I must say I was very skeptical about the noise issue over 640 which was my number 1 reservation. The results turn out to be a lot better than expected. At 1250, I think it's at par with 3200 with 20D. But 1Ds results look better due to the film-like grain. This is the subjective evaluation over objective scientific view. Then again, I think photography is an art form more than scientific review... Smile At low ISO, it's just fantastic. Viewfinder is fantastically bright and has 100% coverage which I think it's important in the digital age. Anything else it's built like a 1-series body should be. I still have a 1N and EOS 3. If you used to have one (still do), this camera will feel very familiar. Another issue that came up very often is the LCD screen which I don't find it's a major issue. I don't really care it much for review. As long as it's good enough to see the picture and the histogram, I can live with it and download the pictures later. Another good thing I find with this camera is the white balance. Perhaps it has the dedicated white balance sensor, I find it has very good and accurate balance compared to my 20D. You can also see the ISO in the viewfinder which I find other semi-pro bodies don't have. It may be a small thing but I find it very useful. Also the fact that you can change file size and white balance with the two buttons at the back is a bonus. At least for me, I have no regret in choosing this over 5D. I highly recommend this body.

Canon EF 20-35mm f/2.8L

Review Date: Dec 20, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 8 

Pros: 1. Good optical quality (I think it's best around f8.0) despite its age 2. Well built 3. It comes with hood 4. Well balanced 5. It's a "L" lens
1. no USM (but this lens is old!) 2. Range is a bit short (20-35 -> less than 2x) 3. close focus range is a bit far.

This is one lens that I brought over from the FF film world to my D20 (actually most of my lenses are anyway). It was wide enough on FF but not wide enough to call a true wide angle zoom lens on my D20. Having said that, I find myself using this more often than I used to. I guess this fits in the sweet spot of my most used range (ie 30 to 60mm in 35mm format). This is great in low light and is well balanced on my D20 with grip (I chose this over 17-40 f4L). As the wide range is still missing, I finally got a 10-22 to fill the gap but that's another story. If you can find a good used one, get it.

Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM

Review Date: Dec 20, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $600.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: 1. True wide angle at 1.6x sensor size (16-35mm at 35mm equ.) 2. Good image quality at wide open 3. Good contrast 4. Light (compared to my 20-35mm f2.8L)
1. Ok, I knew that when I bought it but it still doesn't work on my FF body. 2. Price is still a bit high but it's now 25% cheaper when it first came out last year. 3. Com'on, it's a L lens in EF-s mount. They should've put a red line!

True wide angle at 1.6x sensor size! It works great on my D20. After switching for a year into the smaller size from film, I really missed the wide angle shot. With the introduction of 5D, this baby's price has come down a lot (15% lower than last year). Instead of getting 5D, I spent 1/5 of the price to get my wide angle shot. I think it's a bargain. The built is really good. Images are usable at all aperture. True wide angle (16mm in 35mm term).