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Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM

Review Date: Aug 22, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,250.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: very sharp even at 2.0, beautiful colours(!), fast AF - perfect sports lens!!
absolutely none!

I sold my 70-200mm 2.8L after I bought this lens!!

Itīs a statement - as I had loved the 70/200..was my first L lens ever. Still, it didn`t hurt to sell it after all, because the 135/2.0L is a Canon masterpiece.

*The* indoor sports lens IMHO, but also a reliable companion for street photography, weddings,...

Tack sharp even at 2.0, very fast AF and beautiful colours (same league as my 300/4L)- what else can I say?
I love this lens...it makes one understand what that whole "prime" hype is all about - if you think your zoom lens is great, try this one and be amazed!

Canon EOS 40D

Review Date: Aug 22, 2008 Recommend? | Price paid: $1.30

Pros: Variable ISO, very nice IQ even at higher ISOs, AF speed!, usability.

The perfect reasonably priced camera body for gymnastics or other sports under difficult light conditions.

DigicIII processor is impressive!
Came from a 20D body - you can see/feel much more difference than from the 10D to the 20D.
AF speed is in a new league, and it is very silent - might also be interesting for street photographers.

See some results under the mentioned light conditions here:

Canon EOS 40D

Review Date: Aug 22, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,300.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Compared to 20D: Variable ISO settings , IQ in general - especially at ISO 1000+, speed (!), also handling not only due to larger LCD
Used to the 10 and 20 D, one tends to accidentally hit the menu button when changing lenses. ;)

I had used the 10D and 20D for several years, but needed better IQ at high ISOs as well as a bit more resolution to get decent print results even if I have to crop a (gymnast; hence the need for higher ISOs) picture.

What I didn`t expect and got "for free" was: speed!

Wow - you can almost "feel" the DigicIII processor, I had never thought about that when buying the body.
Thought it would be like changing from a 10D to a 20D - but the gain is beyond that! Starting up and (especially!) focussing is so much faster - very helpful if you do sports

With this price, you won`t go wrong if you`re looking for a nice camera body for sports shots under difficult light conditions - e.g. gymnastics.

Perfect companion: 135mm 2.0 L - check some results of this duo here: www.pbase.com/turnbilder