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Canon EOS 5D

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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
Cons:
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

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

 
Pros: contrast, sharpness, saturation, f/2.8
Cons:
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

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

 
Pros: color, contrast, razor sharp from f/2.4, bokeh
Cons:
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

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

 
Pros: crisp, light, good build
Cons:
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

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

 
Pros: Price, light, sharp, fast
Cons:
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

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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
Cons:
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.