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Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM

Review Date: May 30, 2009 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $300.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: Very good IQ, very good contrast, good/fast autofocus, lightweight/small, cheap, very good value

This is a wonderful lens. Pretty much everything good about it is listed above. It is a very good value. For the price you pay, it is a very good lens. Sure it isn't the best 85mm lens available from Canon, but for the money, it may be.

Any further questions, just shoot me a PM.

Bogen/Manfrotto 3021 Tripod Legs

Review Date: Feb 13, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $125.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Sturdy, solid, cheap (relatively), and magnificent.
Little bit heavy maybe?

This is a great tripod for landscapes and shots with smaller lenses. I can't vouch for long glass since I haven't tried any with this tripod. I think it would be able to support them fine, but I'm not sure.

This tripod is great for the price, and I would definitely recommend it if you want something a little* cheaper than a Gitzo. I bought this used from a guy who was upgrading to a Gitzo. Great tripod for a great price. Some may think its a little heavy, but you get what you pay for. If this tripod was any lighter, you'd be feeling it in your wallet!

Canon EOS 20D

Review Date: Feb 13, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $650.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Cheap (as of 2007), durable, plenty of megapixels, long battery life, great starter ...
Small LCD, not weather-sealed (not that I expected it to be), ?

This is a great camera to jump into photography with. It can be boughten for a cheap price now, and it is great to learn with. If you aren't the type that must have the newest best toy, and you are new to photography, buy this camera. Its a great starter ...

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

Review Date: Nov 5, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $590.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Great build quality for a non-L lens. As wide as you'll need on a 1.6 cropped camera.
A little pricey, but well worth it in my opinion.

This lens is the equivalent on a 1.6 cropped camera as the 16-35 is on a full-framed camera. Very good lens. At 10mm, it is very wide ... and gets that distortion near the edges which is alright for certain shots (but be careful ... it can turn an ordinary nose into a full-on snout!). And at 22mm, it gets closer to the mid-range focal lengths. A great lens for the xxD family of canon's cameras. And, if you plan on doing landscapes with such a camera, I would not hesitate to buy this lens.

A little expensive for a non-L lens, but its build quality is on par with an L. Its construction is very solid. I would definitely buy this lens again if mine was stolen, broken, or lost ... without any hesitation.

Canon EF 28-70mm f/2.8L USM

Review Date: Nov 5, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $650.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Great, sharp L lens. Not as heavy as 24-70, or so I'm told. Can find much cheaper than 24-70. Build quality is superb.
? Can't really think of any.

I bought this lens second-hand in May for $650 which was a steal at the time. I have used it all over the world since then, and it has worked great for my mid-range portrait lens. Very sharp, and has Canon's L build quality. What's not to like?