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Canon EOS 5D

Review Date: Oct 22, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,750.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Incredible IQ, Love the DOF. My lenses are even better now and function like they were meant to be!!!
Only suitable for studio work.(sarcasm, whatever!, yeah right!).........NONE!!!!!!!

First of all when I picked this camera up at the store I was surprised when the sales person tried to talk me into the 40D instead. His argument was that the 5D is meant for studio work only. Stating that the speed would hinder my ability to capture moments during weddings. I just ignored his sales pitch and laid down my $1,750 with confidence(refurb with 3 year warranty). I'm here to tell you I've never looked back. Here is a 3 year old camera, "out of date some might say" that bests even the new models coming out now. To be honest with you the 5D MkII doesn't impress me much. What really impresses me now is a camera that really shows off my L lenses abilities. My 24-70 is sharp as a tack now throughout the range. And my 50 f/1.4 is even better than before. And my 70-200 f/2.8 well I was always happy with that to begin with but WOW, what a lens!! These lenses where meant to be on full frames. The speed well at 3 frames a second I can't imagine I'll miss much unless their playing basketball down the isles. I know now that I'll be able to provide more value to my clients with this camera and thats all that matters to me. Looking back I'm sure the salesman was wanting to offload the 40D's. I just wish he would have been more honest. If it wasn't for the price I would have taken my business elsewhere. So for all of you who can't decide on whether to get a 5D over the new one. Don't hesitate. It's a bargain now and a true gem!!!

Canon EOS 30D

Review Date: May 9, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,319.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: Large buffer and 5 fps, large 2.5" screen. Nice size Raw files. Takes beautiful pictures. Large iso range. Seems very sturdy.
Tad bit small in my hands.

Comming from a Digital Rebel this camera is a huge step up for me. Incredible speed and versitility. One thing I noticed immidiately working with DPP is that the RAW images are easier to work with on my computer.(CR2 versus CRW) They are smaller in size too. The 2.5" screen is just incredible, although outside in direct sunlight there still is some problems with washout. The instant on is really nice. Can't tell you how often I waited with baited breath for my Rebel to kick on. One flip of the on switch and your ready to shoot. It is very sturdy feeling in your hand. The only gripe I might have is the size. Wish it was a bit taller to fit in my hand better. I'll be getting the portrait grip soon. All in all I am very happy so far and look forward to putting in many hours of shots with this body.