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

Review Date: Jun 16, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: I have just acquired this lens and have taken the first test shots with my old (beloved) D60. Will test it on the 5D shortly. Let me say I was not a fan of the Canon IS lens the beginning. I tested a telephoto (believe it was a 200 or 300 mm lens) with the IS system when they first came out, and I was underwhelmed. Never bothered to buy one till the 24-105 came along, and it wasn't the clencher in closing the deal for me. After the initial tests, in low light hand held, there is a marked improvment in my images. I have tested myself and I can usually get a sharp image wide open at 1/10 of a second (its true). The IS system really works...and I will be seeing what my new shake free limits are shortly. So two thumbs up on the IS system in the lens. As far as sharpness, color and contrast go...the lens is beautiful. Can't talk about vignetting or distortion as yet, but so far on the D60 things are looking real good. As of now 2 thumbs way up for the lens!
It is a pricey doubt about it. I got a good deal so the bite wasn't painful.

Canon EF 50mm f/2.5 Compact Macro

Review Date: Nov 30, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $200.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: A really great lens. Very sharp, light and not to expensive.
None really

Canon EOS 5D

Review Date: Nov 22, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $3,299.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: Full frame (great for Architecture, landscape), excellent quality, large lcd on back (what a difference!).
Still a bit pricey, no built in flash (these have saved me a couple of times when my strobe failed), slow 3 fps drive...bear in mind these are small things in my mind, and for my needs.

I have used the 5D on 3 assignments and one personal project so far, and have really liked it. I have gotten much good info from this site and felt I should contribute also. The only thing in my book that makes this camera unattractive is that it is still pretty expensive. The quality of the images and ease of use are really great. I highly recommend the camera.