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Canon EOS 60D

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Review Date: Apr 4, 2011 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Lighter than the 7D or 5DII, Responsive, Excellent Video Capability, Articulated Screen (major positive), Excellent Image Quality, Outsanding value for the $$$
Cons:
Video mode is accessed via mode dial rather than by dedicated buttons (as on the 7D and 5DII)

This is the third camera in my current arsenal. I have a 7D and a 5DII. This camera holds its own among its bigger brothers.

The camera is very responsive. Image quality is comparable to the 7D.

Even though the camera does not have the magnesium body of the 7D, it is solid and feels good in the hand.

The camera is smaller and lighter than the 7D and fits well into my "light" pack for travel.

For video the articulated screen is a welcome addition. Although the video function is more cumbersome to access (mode dial rather than dedicated buttons), the video quality is outstanding.

I am very pleased with this very capable camera.


 
Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM

70-300mm
Review Date: Jan 27, 2011 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Sharp, Fast AF, Outstanding IS, Light
Cons:

This is an absolutely outstanding lens. I was less than excited with the specs when the lens was initially announced, but when I put my hands on one, I quickly realized what a gem this lens is. The optical quality is clearly better than other (L and non-L) lenses that I have used in this focal range. Razor sharp from corner to corner, and throughout the zoom range. The IS is incredible. I can easily handhold at 1/50 at 300mm. Autofocus is right on and very fast. This is clearly one of the very special lenses.





 
Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM

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Review Date: Jun 19, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Versatility, Zoom Range, Performance
Cons:
Heavy

This lens has been my workhorse since I purchased it when it was first introduced (in 1998 or 1999).

I use it with converters. I use it without converters. Although the performance falls somewhat short of my primes and my 70-200 f2.8 IS, this lens gets the job done and enables me to get shots that I would not get otherwise.

The following is a link to my gallery:

http://www.mikekaplan.com/pictures/

The images will show what this lens can do.