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Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM

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Review Date: Dec 15, 2010 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,100.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Sharp, excellent contrast and color tone, solid build quality.
Cons:
None

This lens stays on my 5D 95% of the time. It's extremely sharp. I guess I am lucky to get a good copy after reading lots of the reviews here regarding QC.

The lens feels well balanced mounted on my 5D. The zoom feels a little loose when fully extended (which is at 24mm). The only thing that bothers me is when I am not careful and sand got into the barrel when it's extended, especially when shooting some pictures on the beach. Sand particles will get in between the walls and make grinding noises when zooming in and out. Took me a long time and some powerful airspray to clean some of them.

This is a perfect lens. Distortion is so easily corrected in LR3. Don't worry about the weight, the quality of the pictures it produces surpass any muscle pain it may cause! oh, and it's relatively low profile compare to the white ones Smile


 
Canon Rebel T2i DSLR

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Review Date: May 16, 2010 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $850.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Image Quality, Easy to Handle, good layout of all the controls. Beautiful LCD. Good autofocus, even in low light.
Cons:
The buttons are relatively shallow but not small, and if you have think fingers, can be a little tricky to press. Nothing else!

Been using it for almost a month, and what a joy to carry it around and really taking pictures instead of thinking about ISO, WB...etc. It's a camera for both amateurs and pros, or anyone in between. IMHO, the biggest improvement is auto ISO. Canon finally got it right!! Oh yeah, and the 63zone metering too.

The picture quality is hard to beat. I am never a big fan of high pixel cameras. The last one I had was a 6MP D40 which I used for 2+ years, and I was making 8x10 prints out of that one without any trouble. So I was a little reluctant to buy into this 18MP ordeal. However, was I ever happy to make the change! The high pixel pictures give me more freedom to crop without losing quality. High ISO(1600+) images are quite usable too. Of course, I would suggest better lens to make full use of all those pixels. That aside, I found the kit lens to be really versatile and fun to use! Did I mention how light it is? And IS is as good as you can get from all the other expensive canon IS lenses.

The build quality leaves a little room for improvement. The buttons are shallow and can be tricky sometimes, especially the Play and Delete buttons. If you don't have think fingers like me, you shouldn't have any trouble. The camera is light, with the kit lens on, it kind of feels like a toy in my hand (I have fairly large hands btw). Just like all the cameras in this price range. But I guess I wont be complaining about it being "too light" after a day hike.

This is a camera that gives you confidence. It makes you just want to go out and take pictures, and videos! For $900, there's none better.


 
Nikon D40

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Review Date: Aug 6, 2009 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $450.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Price, Light Weight, Image Quality, High ISO performance
Cons:
No top side LCD, too many button pushing to access menu. Over exposure in bright light.