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Canon EOS 50D

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.
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

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.
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.