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Canon EOS 40D

Review Date: Oct 22, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,500.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: 6.5 frames-per-second, faster focusing system, LiveView, ISO in viewfinder, larger frame buffer, quieter shutter
AWB is "off" relative to the 20D in the exact lighting situation. Battery door is a cheap "snap-in", unlike the 20D which has a spring-loaded hinge.

The new Canon 40D is a great camera!

The fast 6.5 frames per second (fps) is outstanding. Coupled that with the better auto-focus system makes capturing moving objects (mainly kids running) a lot easier.

Full-time ISO in the viewfinder is great. No longer do I have to fumble to change the ISO or forget what ISO I was using.

The larger LCD is an excellent update. It allows for a better view of the image exposure and composition. The color histograms as well as luminance histogram is excellent.

LiveView is useful for those over-the-head shots where you cannot look through the viewfinder. Too bad AF (auto-focus) is cannot be triggered with the shutter, as an option. However, there is an AF-ON button for that purpose; which is great for macro photos, but can be slow for those over-the-head shots.

The option to remember Custom-Settings is a bonus; it gives you the ability to save commonly used settings for known lighting situations, so no more fumbling to change the settings for those known lighting situations.

10mpixels is sufficient for the average professional photographer. However, I would have preferred 12mpixels or even 10.5mpixels, just to have more than the XTi.

The larger frame buffer is great, makes my existing Kingston ElitePro cards work better.

The shutter is much quieter relative to the 20D and 30D, a plus for many. However, some prefer the 30D shutter over the 40D as it sounds more like a traditional film camera shutter.

The battery door is a cheap "snap-in", unlike the 20D which has a spring-loaded hinge. However, all the 20D/30D accessories, such as battery grip and remote shutter cords, works.

AWB seems to be "off" relative to the 20D in the exact lighting situation. Maybe a future firmware release can fix this.

Overall, the 40D has excellent build quality, beyond my expectations coming from a 20D and having used a 30D.

A definitely BUY recommendation!

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

Review Date: Dec 17, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $970.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: focal lengh range is perfect for an "all-in-one" everyday lens, image quality is awesome, and IS (image stablizer)
none ... except maybe cost ... but well worth it after a few "nicer" photos

Finally ... my first L-lens. I was debating between this (24-105L) and the famous (24-70L). I went with the 24-105L because of two things. It is the longer reach (something I wanted upgrading from the 17-85 IS USM lens) and it has IS (image stablizer). The final factor was that the 24-105L is not as "big" as the 24-70L. The trade-off is that I lose the f/2.8 opening of the 24-70L. Now if they only had a 24-105L that was f/2.8 and not weigh a ton ... that would be the ultimate!

The first few comparison photos I took ... it basically blew my 17-85 IS USM lens away. The sharpness and bohek is so much better. I was comparing at f/5.6 just to be fair.

Taking photos of a family babyshower in a restaurant, I had to go back to my 17-85mm to get the group picture, I still need something wider than 24mm (given on my 20D it is like a 38mm).

Otherwise ... the f/4 opening at 105mm is awesome for those across the room candid shots.

Great lens!