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Canon EOS 5D

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Review Date: Oct 3, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Full-frame, Image quality, ISO 50, build quality seems more sturdy compared to eg. 20D, large monitor, large buffer for RAW, large bright viewfinder, improved "soft touch" shutter, price seems quite reasonable.
Cons:
I would like to get rid of the direct print button. Mirror lock-up could be a "Drive" option like Continous and Self-timer. To be honest I haven't found any real cons.

Definately the best camera you can get unless you "go pro" with a 1-series. Still I find it hard to see why you should buy a 1-series, as the price is much higher compared to very little extras in my opinion. I actually prefer to work with the non-pros (20D, 5D etc.) as the way you operate it is more userfriendly.

Quite impressive when it comes to noise, Canon continues to hold the lead at this point.

Sooooo nice to have the full-frame, I really get some neat wide angle with my 16-35mm f/2.8L. But of course it requires good lenses like Canon L-series. Don't you dare to mount something cheap on a full frame.

I really enjoy ISO 50, when in the studio my camera is fixed at the speed. Gives more flexibility than not having lower than 100.

I think the build quality is a bit better than that of the 20D and 30D. Might just be me, not sure, but I really like it. Of course it's not a weatherproof 1D as you don't pay for that. So stop complaining about that one ;o)

The buffer has been greatly improved compared to that of the 20D, which I used before. I'd prefer 3 FPS and buffer for 13 RAW images over having 5 FPS and only 6 RAW images in the buffer. Of course this is different with the 30D.
I don't consider the 3 FPS a problem, usually don't need more for my purposes, and in case I do I will have to get my 20D.

Coming from 1,8", the 2,5" TFT is definately something you wille enjoy.

The "direct print"-button has no reason to be there. It would be more reasonable to just leave in the menu. Such a button would make a lot more sense on an IXUS, not an EOS. Would actually gladly pay another 100 USD to get rid of it.

Quite a few people complain about the price - I, like a few others, don't complain about it.
People who think that the 5D is overpriced should read more information on CCD/CMOS chips, their production, the cost of making them etc.
Physical size of sensor equals price, so there's a reason why the 5D is (approx.) 2x the price of 30D.

Oh, did I mention the improved handle? It has a little curve for better grip. Quite nice!

- Simon Hoff Kunze @ http://SimonKunze.dk


 
Canon EF-S 17-85mm f4-5.6 IS USM

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Review Date: Feb 11, 2005 Recommend? no | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 6 

 
Pros: Good range from 17 to 85. Image Stabilizer actually works. Practical size. Full-time MF.
Cons:
Build quality. Apeature 4-5.6. Rather expensive.

I think the price is too high, compared to, that you would propably be more satisfied paying a little less for e.g. the Sigma 18-50mm f/2.8 which has superb build quality, smaller size, equally good AF - but unfortunately less zoom.

I believe 4-5.6 is not good enough on a lense like this.

The AF works fine, but like any other lense, it might not always work under low-light conditions.

The IS works fine, but it had been better to have a better larger apeature and no IS.

Between 70 and 85mm, nothing really happens. So to me it seems that this is more like a 17-70 than 17-85.

The build-quality is not good IMO. Wriggle the zoom-ring forward and backwards (not the way it's turning) and it will move a little bit, which leaves a feeling of something which is not as good as it should be. I may be a naive perfectionist trying to compare a 900$ lense to my 6.000$ wristwatch (Prices in Denmark), but still... When Sigma can make a lense with excellent build-quality at a lower price, then i expect Canon to do the same.

I'm going to sell this lense ASAP and get a 24-70mm 2.8L instead.
I do not recommend this 17-85 from Canon. Try to find another one that will suit your needs for an all-round mid-range zoom lense.

- S.H. Kunze