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Canon EOS 50D

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Review Date: Nov 29, 2009 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $925.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: I own two of these 50Ds. I have used Nikon D1, D200, D300, Canon D30 and 20D in the past. In brief: + Excellent ergonomic design. NO complaints whatsoever. + Great Screen detail, and the grid feature on Live view is super. + Detailed pixel peepers will be happy... all the detail you need. + The updated Digic IV system really does the job, especially with Canon Flash. + Focus is the best...quick precise ..and spot on.
Cons:
No Video, but that's the way the camera was made.


I am very pleased with this camera. I sue L series glass except for the 100mm macro and that too gives super results.

My next camera will be a much improved full frame ..say a 5D Mark III or IV.





 
Canon EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DO IS USM

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Review Date: Jan 15, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,300.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Excellent contrast at all ranges. Actually very good/excellent at 300 mm also Very easily held. Very smooth focus. Balances extremely well on many cameras.
Cons:
The DO at 300 mm is actually very very good. It is just not superb as my 300 mm f/4 prime, but that is a reflection of the prime's superb optics, and not a shortcoming of the 70-300 DO

I bought this lens after being so disappointed at the latest 70-300 mm non-DO version that Canon introduced in late 2005. I returned it. In contrast, the DO version is as solid as many of my L series lenses. The focus in manual is very smooth, and AF snaps into place almost instantly. I shoot with a 1.6 x Canon 20D. Comapring my Canon 300mm f/4 L series IS prime and the 70-300 mm DO, I can detect a modest difference at 300. However, I think this reflects more on the extraordinary excellence of the 300 mm prime. The DO's contrast and lack of CA are impressive. I don't know why this lens is rated so modestly. My copy is superb. I have other Canon Zooms as well ( 16-35, 17-85, & 24-105). All my Canon Zooms are L series except for this 70-300 DO. I am very happy with it and it's size and stealth factor only add to my satisfaction with this little optical jewel.