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Canon EOS 30D

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Review Date: Jul 25, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,399.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Well made, easy to use, great image quality.
Cons:
None.

I have been shooting with a 20D for the past year and a half. Since turning pro in April, I've been paranoid about having camera failure in the middle of an assignment. So, I've been looking for a backup to the 20D. After looking at getting a 30D and then using the 20D as a backup, I decided that this is best route to go.

First of all, the controls are the same between the cameras, so there is no learning curve or any mental gymnastics that I have to go thru to change from one camera to another.

Since the image quality is the same for the 20D and 30D, I get consistent photos.

All that said, the 30D as a few distinct advantages over the 20D. The LCD is much larger and much more useful to judge image quality. The 30D has a spot meter which makes it easier to use in varied lighting conditions (I shoot everything RAW and manual exposure). It also shows ISO in the viewfinder, which is nice.

I can only supply anecdotal evidence of this, but it seems that the autofocus is a little faster on the 30D. At least it seems so when using AI Servo setting.

Overall, the 30D is great camera.


 
Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III USM

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Review Date: Jun 22, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $190.00 | Rating: 7 

 
Pros: Cheap, light, can produce some good pictures if stopped down.
Cons:
CA, inconsistantly soft images.

I bought this lens about a year and a half ago to go on a dRebel (now using it on a 20D). I quickly learned that you get what you pay for. The lens gets you a 75-300 zoom for less than $200 - a pretty amazing thing. However, it comes at a cost of CA in contrasty, brightly lit photos. It also produces some soft images at 300 using wide apertures.

All that said, under good conditions, you can get some great photos with the lens. It is not an "L" lens, but if you need some reach, are on a budget, and are willing to make some compromises, this is the lens for you.


 
Canon Deluxe Backpack 200 EG

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Review Date: May 6, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Great price, good looks, lots of room
Cons:
I can't think of any.

This is really a great buy. During summer months I frequently ride my motorcycle to work so I needed a backpack that, not only would securely hold my camera gear, but also my MP3 player and other "work stuff".

This bag is perfect for me. It's just the right size for my 20D with the battery grip and the 28-135mm and the plenty of room for my 15-55mm, 75-300mm, 50mm prime, EX550 and there's still tons of room left over. It's deceptive in size. When I first got it I thought that it was just a little larger than my LowePro Nova 4. The Nova was completely full and no extra room. I was surprised when I started to move my gear from the Nova to the Canon that it held so much.

The only thing about the pack that could nit-pick about is the construction of the straps. They could be improved with better foam and material. They don't compare to my "real" backpacks from Lowe and The North Face, but the Canon is a fraction of the price.

I recommend the Canon bag - for the price, it's a steal.