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Canon EOS 50D

Review Date: Nov 8, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,400.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: Solid build, Great LCD, Live view, Image size, HIgh ISO option, Custom menu
Neck strap too short for tall people. A little pricy

I like this camera. I have owned the 20D and 40D. I think this is the best one yet. The extra mega pixels help me in cropping images for wildlife shots. The LCD is sharp and works well on the live view when magnified to manual focus.
I feel like I'm beating a dead horse on the high ISO. DO THIS simple experiment with the raw file software. Use both ACR and CPP on the same high ISO file and see which one works better. ACR does not convert the high ISO files as well as CPP. I have tested both on the same images taken at ISO 6400 and ISO 12800 and the Canon software handles the noise much better than the Adobe camera raw. If you don't believe it try it yourself. Even if you turn off the noise reduction in the CPP software the images show less noise. Adobe needs to get their stuff together. Paying 170.00 for a PS CS4 upgrade is not cheap and Adobe should fix the problem.

Canon EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM

Review Date: Dec 29, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $550.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Sharp at f/2.8, Light weight for a 200mm lens, Solid build, Fast silent autofocus, excellent color and contrast, reasonable price, Black not cream colored

Got it used from eBay for $550.00 and I'm so happy with it. I use it on a 40D. It is so sharp at 2.8 it shocked me! I have owned a number of lenses in this range Sigma EX 70-200 2.8, Canon 70-200 f4L, Canon 300 IS f4L. This is the sharpest lens of all the lenses I have owned. The only reason you need to stop it down is for DOF. The auto focus is fast, silent and works well in low light, the color and contrast is excellent, flare is not a problem, CA is well controlled to the point of being non-existent, manual focus is smooth. If you want to take this lens you'll have to pry it from my cold dead hands! Over all this is the best lens I have ever owned. And I have tried a number of lenses. Did I mention I liked the lens?

Canon EF 300mm f/4L IS USM

Review Date: Nov 3, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,150.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Very sharp, IS works well, Fast autofocus
Not black

Having owned a Sigma 70-200 f/2.8 a Canon 70-200 f/4L a Sigma 100-300 f/4. I can tell you this is the sharpest one of the group. Can't zoom of course but shooting wildlife it doesn't matter much. And the extra reach over the 70-200 really helps when shooting birds. The comments about the IS making noise is over blown. If your using a 20D your shutter will make more noise. The IS really works great. I am able to hand hold as slow as a 60th and I am not a very steady shooter. Also the ability to focus at just under 5 ft and get a very sharp image. It's almost like having a macro.

Sigma 18-50mm F2.8 EX DC

Review Date: Jul 16, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $408.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Sharp, Excellent contrast, Fast autofocus, Good Color, Low Weight, Best wide to medium zoom for the money. Images on par with Canon L lens at one third the price. Good warranty.
Autofocus makes a little noise. (very little) First lenses produced had focus problems with the 20D but it was fixed. NO HSM no full time manual focus.

This is the best lens for the money I have owned. It is sharp. I have to say it is as sharp as the Canon 24-70L that I owned. I have tried so many lenses in the range of this one and nothing comes close to it in sharpness, contrast and rich color. The first run of these lenses had a focus problem with the 20D so I sold it.

I purchased a Canon 24-70L and later sold it. I got tired of the weight. It is just too heavy to leave hanging on your neck. After trying several other lenses I went back to the Sigma 18-50mm f2.8

The focus is not as fast as the Canon 24-70L but it's not that much slower. Besides youíre not going to photograph sports with an 18-50mm lens. The auto focus is not silent but it makes a lot less noise than the shutter on my 20D.

The manual focus is smooth and the lens is as light as a feather. This is the perfect walk around lens. And the price is cheap for a lens of this quality.

Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM

Review Date: Feb 15, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $799.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: Good color, contrast and sharpness, Fast and silent auto focus, 77mm filters, Low flare and CA for such a wide lens, Very light weight, Smooth manual focus. Full time manual focus.
No lens hood provided, a bit pricey, Funky gigantic lens hood (people stare at it.) f2.8 would be nice.

Wide Wide Wide! Opens up a whole new world for the 20D. Itís optics are sharp. Focus is fast and it doesn't hunt much in low light. No real problem with flare or CA. This lens is Sooo light. But the build still feels solid. The lens hood (not provided) is so huge that it makes people stare. If you want to go wide and you have a 20D or a Digital Rebel this is the best lens. I know, I have tried the Sigma 17-35 EX DG HSM and the Sigma 15-30 EX DG both of which had auto focus and exposure problems on the 20D (later confirmed to me by Sigma). This lens beats them both hands down. Full time manual focus is handy and the manual focus is as smooth as my 24-70L.