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Canon EOS 5D Mark II

Review Date: Mar 10, 2009 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $2,699.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Image Quality, ISO, Large Viewfinder, large excellent IQ lcd,
compared to my 20D not much...

I upgraded from my 20D which I purchased the day it was released. The only downside I see is that a few of my older lenses needed to be upgraded because of softness in the corners that I did not noticed on the 20D ( this is not the problem of the 5Dm2)

I have had this camera for 2 weeks and so far it has been very good... I can't believe how much I missed full frame.

Canon EF 20-35mm f/2.8L

Review Date: Feb 17, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $350.00 | Rating: 7 

Pros: great contrast and sharpness, very nice build.
horrible CA on my 20D ... if you are shooting outdoors with branches they will be purple.

I purchased this lens for a great price and it is a very good lens if shooting indoors for portraits and such, however i would not recomend it for outdoor uses. the CA is very noticable.

Canon EOS 20D

Review Date: Jan 19, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 8 

Pros: good controls, lots of options.
bad location of power switch, Horrible kit lens. just a little too pricy.

I purchased this kit with the 18-55mm ef lens and love the camera. With a decent lens it is a dream to use. the custom options alone make this a great step up from the dreb. I think a more fair price for this camera would be $1200 for body and $1300 for 18-55 kit. although I think they will need to pick a better lens then either of the two that the kits ship with.

I would suggest that you get it without a kit lens and purchase a lens more suited to fit your needs.

Canon Speedlite 550EX TTL

Review Date: Jan 19, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $270.00 | Rating: 8 

Pros: Good power, works with the D20 in ettl-2 mode. I really like the remote features.
still not intuitive to use, battery door is taped on my unit to prevent accidental removal of batteries.

This is one of the only flashes i could get to work with my D20 in TTL mode. it works pretty well although I do find my self using a manual setting now and then. this is a great flash for outdoor shooting because of all of the power.