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Canon EOS 10D

Review Date: Feb 8, 2009 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,500.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: Durable build quality, quiet shutter, image quality.
.crw raw files, slow write speeds, ETTL I, noisy at ISO 3200

I have had the 10d since 2003. I also have used a 20d and a 5d. Since there is an abundance of 10d's on ebay at around 200-225 I will discuss the reasons why to buy this camera at that price compared to current technology.

This camera produces great 6 megapixel images in jpeg or raw if you know what you are doing. The build quality is solid and I still prefer the sound of the shutter compared to the newer Canon bodies.

At the current used price the only reason I would not recommend the 10d is if it will be used for ettl flash photography regularly. I mastered the different "hacks" of ettl to get the desired results like FEC and using focus lock with the AE lock button and though a pain in the butt it is possible. Newer bodies with ettl2 make all of that go away though.

Other than the flash issues at the price of a film body it is a no brainer, get the 10d.

Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM

Review Date: Jan 22, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $360.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Superior image quality. AF speed
minimum focus distance (nit picking)

I wish all of my lenses were like this one! It is a joy to use. I'm even happier when I get the images on the computer. Fantastic image quality. Great color, contrast, and sharpness. The images have that extra punch since it is a little longer of a focal length (136 on a 10d). I usually don't shoot this or any lens wider than 2.8. It can do it, I just don't think there is enough depth of field for people shooting wider than 2.8. The biggest negative of this lens is that you will want more prime lenses after using this one.

Canon EF 50mm f/1.8

Review Date: Jan 22, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: Great portrait focal length on a 10d. 1.8, image quality

I got this lens years ago with an Elan II E so I didn't know what to say I paid for it. Free as far as I'm concerned. I probably should have given it a better build quality rating since I fell off my bike onto the camera face down on this lens on concrete. The fall jammed the lens since the front moves in and out when focusing. I managed to get it working again but ever since it isn't quite as fast and it can hunt for focus more than it ever did before. It is still tack sharp though. Apparently the damage did not affect the accuracy. Images from this lens are very sharp. Good color and contrast. This is the bar for which all Canon lenses should be compared in terms of image quality. I think everyone should have this lens, or the version II I guess since this one isn't made anymore.Really get this lens.

Canon EF 28mm f/2.8

Review Date: Jan 22, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $88.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: Cheap, Small and light, sharp, contrast.
loud AF motor

I got this lens used. It is nearly identical in size, weight, handling, and image quality to the 50 1.8. Great focal length on a 10d. I purchased this lens because the Sigma 24-70 2.8 I had was too big and heavy to throw over my shoulder while bike riding. The first batch of images I shot proved how much sharper this lens was than the Sigma. The images look alot like the 50 1.8. If you want to keep the camera light and like this focal length this is the lens for you. USM would be nice but at 28mm it seems difficult to get out of focus images. The speed of the AF is fine, its just noisy.

Canon EF 28-105 F/3.5-4.5 II USM

Review Date: Jan 22, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $150.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: USM, zoom range, size and weight, price

I got this lens at my local shop used. Great lens. The auto focus is super quick. Perfect size on the camera for a walk around lens. Image quality is really good, it was better than I expected. It isn't as nice as the Canon primes but it isn't a prime its a 28-105. Seems pretty sharp wide open although I tend to use it on 4.5 or 5.6 at the widest since I usually shoot in Manual mode and don't like the changing aperture when zooming if it is set wider than 4.5. I think it is the sleeper in the Canon zoom line up. It isn't as big and expensive as the 28-135, and it's cheaper than the 24-85 (why?). If your looking for a good all around lens get this one before you buy an off brand lens.

Sigma 24-70mm f2.8 EX Aspherical DG DF

Review Date: Jan 22, 2005 Recommend? no | Price paid: $400.00 | Rating: 6 

Pros: f2.8, good range on a 10D
Big, heavy, soft, af/mf double switch thing, cool colors compared to Canon lenses.

Well I never shot newsprint with this lens but I found it soft. Wide open even on a tripod at fast shutter speeds there was almost a halo effect around lighter colors (skin). Once stopped down it seems to go away, but then why have a 2.8 zoom lens. I can get sharper photos at 1.8 with either the 50 1.8 or the 85 1.8. Canon's 28-105 3.5-4.5 II is better than this lens in sharpness, auto focus speed and accuracy, zoom range, size and weight, and color rendition. The Sigma only beats it in contrast. Take the money you were going to spend on this lens and buy something with more range and or a prime.