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Canon EOS Rebel (300D)

Review Date: Aug 7, 2004 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $700.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: lightweight, picture quality, 18-55 lens
lacks functions of higher-end, more expensive cameras (not really negative aspects...)

This is reallly good camera for the money. The camera is very light especially when it's paired with 18-55 lens. Whatever this camera provides, I find it adequate for its price.

300D and 10D gets compared a lot... and I admit that I don't like not being able to select AF & metering modes and that the camera have only 1 dial, but I could've have paid $4500 more and get 10d. After all, I paid $700 for the kit.

One of this camera's biggest advantage is that it comes with 18-55 lens. 18-55 gives decent images especially between f8-f11, even compared to 17-40, the lens performs quite well. Canon's other wide angle options usually go beyond $550, so 18-55 gives a very good cheap alternative on wide angle. (This lens only fits on 300D unless modified.)

Image this camera produce is identical to 10d. They have same CMOS sensor, and parameter 2 on 300D gives 10D colors.

Overall, very good camera for the money. If you are debating between 10D and 300D...get 10D if you care about black and heavier body, larger buffer, being able to select AF and metering modes, pay $500 more and get a 10d...otherwise, get 300D.

Sigma 24-70mm f3.5-5.6 Aspherical HF

Review Date: Aug 7, 2004 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $120.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: color, sharpness, design, price

This Sigma lens is great. It has great range, and the pictures it produce are awesome. The lens also comes with hood, and its red line makes it look like a fake-L lens. Does not look cheap or flimsy.

The lens does not rotate when it focuses, so it makes it easy to use polarizers. I don't find any negative aspects of this lens except the 3.5-5.6 f-stop, but I could've paid about $250 more and got EX version. I don't have any complaints about this lens. Unless I start thinking 'this is only $120 lens and something expensive will make my pictures better,' I will keep this lens for a very long time. Just when looking at results, this make me think I have $600 lens...this lens is THAT good...

Awesome lens... if you only have $100 and need a lens to get started, get this one instead of Canon 50mm 1.8 II.

Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II

Review Date: Jul 14, 2004 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $65.00 | Rating: 6 

Pros: price and weight
slow and loud focusing, soft below f/2.8, poor build quality, not so good focusing accuracy

This lens may have good price/performance ratio, but you do get what you pay for. The lens is soft until f/2.8, not quite sharp until f/4. Cheap focusing motor makes loud noise and focusing accuracy is less than 50% on mine. 5 diaphragm blades make pentagon bokeh - ugly on portraits.