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Canon EOS 30D

Review Date: Jan 5, 2009 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

Pros: 5 fps, nice size and build quality, feels good in my hands, good IQ, good performance up to iso 800.
Quite a bit of glare on the lcd, no sensor cleaning, wish it was full frame.

I bought this camera almost exactly 2 years ago, and have loved using it. Don't even feel that its really that outdated either. 8 MP has made some great 16x24 enlargements, has 5 fps (the 40d and 50d have only been upgraded to 6.5, no big deal). Good image quality up to I'd say ISO 800. Really like the feel of it in my hands, especially compared to the Rebel series. Will definitely keep as a back up when the time comes that I upgrade. Great camera.

Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM

Review Date: Jan 5, 2009 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: Zoom range is very useful, sharp wide open, focuses very quickly, nice colors and bokeh, I love it!
Color attracts a bit of attention...nothing much else, a little heaving but it balances better when I put the battery grip on my 30D.

Great lens, I wanted the f/2.8 for sports and its very sharp even wide open. Focuses fast and accurate. Zoom covers a good range and can be used for portraits. Gives a nice creamy bokeh. Some say its heavy but I don't find it that to be that bad, can get a little hard on the neck when not in use but I don't find my arms get tired. A great lens, no complaints here, lived up to expectations.

Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM

Review Date: Jan 5, 2009 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: Sharp! No hesitation to use wide open, great for macro and portraits, very nice bokeh, not too heavy, nice build quality.
Focusing is slow, can hunt a little in the dark...thats about it.

No complaints here, this lens is sharp! Not too heavy on the 30D, use it for some macro and was using for some portraits too before I got my 70-200mm 2.8. Very smooth bokeh, usually requires a tripod for macro to get a bit more depth of field but that is to be expected. Used it as a short telephoto before the 70-200mm and its only flaw is that it focuses fairly slow, but I guess it was never really intended for that. A gem of a lens! Should have a red ring but then the price might go up :-)

Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM

Review Date: Jan 5, 2009 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

Pros: Lightweight, very useful indoors, sharp from 2.0 and up, great walkaround lens.
Fairly soft from 1.4-1.8

Picked this lens up back in the summer, after buying the 100mm macro lens where I have no hesitation to use wide open I was slightly disappointed that its pretty soft from 1.4-1.8. Once I use it at f2 I find it is very sharp and I usually set it at that aperture for available light indoor shooting. Focusing I find is accurate, the lens is nice and light, great for walking around and small group portraits. Overall very happy with the lens and the speed is much appreciated over the kit lens for my 30D(18-55mm 3.5-5.6) and the build quality is better too.