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

24-105lisusm
Review Date: Oct 28, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $800.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Awesome iQ, very quiet and fast. The IS makes it like a f2.8.
Cons:
None

I bought this lens after purchasing ,ore than ten other lenses. I have covered the full gamut of price and quality. I only wish I had started here because I would have saved a lot of time and money. I like this lens better than my 24-70 F2.8 or my 70-200 F2.8. A friend had told me how much he liked his and I could believe it was that big a deal. This lens actually makes me a better photographer. On our recent vacation to San Francisco, I was able to get some photos that I am proud of. I know this is not uncommon for most people, but not me. I love photography, I have to to spend so much an suck so bad, but this lens is right in my sweet spot. The IS compensates for my hand shake that I didn't realize was there. The clarity of the glass like most L lenses produces tack sharp images.

I think all serious photographers should make this a number one priority for their lens choices. It covers a large range very well. I will admit, I don't do a lot of long range zoom work and if I did, I would prefer a 100-400 or at least a 70-200. But for a good walk around lens, this can't be beat.


 
Canon EOS 50D

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Review Date: Oct 28, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,399.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Beautiful LCD, love the alternate display of settings, Custom features, broad range of ISO settings
Cons:
Confusing Live View

I've had the body for a few days so far. When my 40D was stolen, rather than replace it I waited for the 50D. I don't regret it for a second. The LCD is so much clearer. In fact, I was considering the Nikon d300 for its display. When compared to the 40D it is so much better that even someone with poor eyes like me, can use it. The only problem I have is I need a book on the new body and none are available yet. I find Canon has always fallen short of the mark when it comes to user manuals.

As I use the body, I will probably fall more in love with it. I can see a host of features that I need to learn.