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Canon Speedlite 550EX TTL

CA550EXU_1_
Review Date: Apr 3, 2003 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $400.00 | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Excellent
Cons:

Excellent flash. Has not let me down yet. I bought the 550 to replace a Sunpac and there is no comparison.

 
Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L USM

ef_16-35_28_1_
Review Date: Apr 3, 2003 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,500.00 | Rating: 6 

 
Pros: Quality construction.
Cons:
Not as sharp as I was expecting.

Lens had excellent FOV. Was my first wide angle. But I was disappointed in the sharpness, especially with a flash in program mode. Was sharp at aperture 2.8, and 8-9 range but fuzzy at 4-6.
Sold it and bought the 24-70 --- much better lens.


 
Canon EOS D30

D30
Review Date: Apr 2, 2003 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Great picture quality for the price. Solid construction.
Cons:
Old technology. Not enough resolution compared to the new cameras. Poor low light focus. High ISO's have too much noise.

Was awesome when it first came out. Still makes great pictures compared to 90% of the cameras out there.

 
Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM

ef_24-70_28u_1_
Review Date: Apr 2, 2003 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Construction up to L standards. Very sharp photos. Best zoom I have ever used.
Cons:
Heavy. Long lens hood.

Very good lens. Good range and extremely sharp at all aperatures. I don't see how anybody could be disappointed with this lens.

 
Canon EF 28-200mm f/3.5-5.6 USM

ef28_200usm_1_
Review Date: Apr 2, 2003 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 6 

 
Pros: Very versatile lens. Lightweight.Price.
Cons:
Not in the class of L lens construction.

Good multi-purpose lens. Crisp photos.

Edit - I just purchased a 10D to replace the D30, and this lens is not as crisp as it should be on this camera. I think this is a good multipurpose lens for up to say a D30, but higher megapixel cameras need a higher quality lens.