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Canon EOS 5D

Review Date: Nov 12, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $2,799.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: image quality, noise control, ergonomics, weight balance, large viewfinder, Auto Focus
could use 5fps

I had two 20D bodies after upgrading from a Rebel XT. I hesitated to get the 5D since I felt that the only real upgrade was that it would be full frame. Even then, I wasn't honestly knowledgeable about what that would do for me. I'm just a hobbyist, but dang, I'm thoroughly impressed with this 5D. It makes my photographs look half way decent now.

Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM

Review Date: Mar 6, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,199.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: contrast, sharpness, saturation, f/2.8
a bit heavy to carry around all day

I had the 28-70mm f/2.8L until I just recently purchased the 24-70mm f/2.8L. There's not a whole lot of difference since the 28-70L is a great lens, but the 24-70 shows all around enhancements that I'm so thankful for! If you can afford it, get it.

Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM

Review Date: Feb 7, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $319.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: color, contrast, razor sharp from f/2.4, bokeh
could be built a bit better, no hood included

I started with the f/1.8 II. Then when my friend started photography, I gave my f/1.8 to him and bought another one for myself. Then I made the fateful photographer's mistake of visiting a camera shop where I tried out the f/1.4. I compared the two on my laptop and fell in love with the f/1.4. It is super sharp! And contrary to a couple of the reviews, I find that f/1.4 is quite useable as long as you know what you're using it for. I recommend this lens as a must have without any hesitation.

Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM

Review Date: Jan 26, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $675.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: crisp, light, good build
price, 77m filter, hood

I use it on my 20D and XT. It's astounding with the 1.6x ratio. I love this lens.

Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II

Review Date: Jan 26, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $74.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: Price, light, sharp, fast
bokeh not as good as f/1.4

At this price level, I can't see why every photographer wouldn't have one in their bag.

Canon EF 28-70mm f/2.8L USM

Review Date: Aug 11, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $700.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: unbelievably sharp, solid build, and that red band at the end of the lens looks great when I'm with my other photography friends
some say it's heavy, but it's something I've already gotten use to after just 1 day

I had the Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8. Took it out and used it for 2 days. The pictures were pretty good. I kept getting that nagging feeling that maybe an "L" lens is the way to go. I saw an ad for an excellent condition used EF 28-70mm f/2.8L. After my first test shot, I was sold. Of course I took a few more shots to test, but I gotta say that the pictures were TACK sharp! I am blown away by the picture quality. I've even heard many say that in real life photography, this lens is a tad bit sharper than the EF 24-70mm f/2.8L.

If you have a chance to purchase a used one in good condition for under $800, go buy it now. You'll be sold on your first shot.