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Canon EOS Rebel (300D)

Review Date: May 22, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: Price, Ease of Use, Weight, Image Quality
Buffer, Build Quality

Now, I paid full retail for this a year and a half ago, but I think it was worth every penny. This help solidifiy my love for photography. I have since added a 10D to my lineup, but I still rely on my Digital Rebel as my secondary and/or backup body.

For the price these things are going for now they are an absolute steal. The 300D takes amazing pictures. It is not for the sports or indoor shooter, but under the right conditions it is wonderful camera to work with. I've thought about selling this and getting a different backup, but it so nice to take on trips since it weights next to nothing. I highly recommend.

Canon EOS 10D

Review Date: Apr 20, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $500.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Image quality is awesome, controls are intuitive and resolution is superb for 6mp. Build quality is out of this world. Fun to hold and shoot with. Price can't be beat for used body.
Noise 800 and above could be better, but than you would be buying a 20D/30D. Slower buffer but adequate.

This is still a top notch offering from Canon no matter how old it is now. Image quality is great and the controls are extremely intuitive. This thing handles like a champ. I have the dRebel which was my first introduction to dSLRs and it took me pretty far, but the 10D has solidified my relationship with photography. Someday I will upgrade to a newer body, but this really isn't lacking anything for me right now. Plus these can be had for an incredibly low price.

Canon EF 100mm f/2 USM

Review Date: Mar 16, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $320.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Size/Weight, Sharp as a tack!, Love the FOV, Fast USM, All around terrific lens!!!!
Should have bought it sooner...maybe a little long on a cropped body, but not really bad at all.

This is a terrific lens and a great addition to my bag. Even on a cropped body the FOV is really useful, IMHO. Focus is super fast...although in low light it does hunt a bit...and images are tack sharp!

Lots of bang for the buck!

Canon EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM

Review Date: Jan 20, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $499.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Size & Weight, Color Rendition, Contrast, Bokeh, Price Sharp picture out of the camera...2.8!!!
That I didn't get it sooner! Also, I may now want to get more L glass!

What can I say that others haven't! This lense is absolutely incredible, especially for the price. I picked up a MK1 version for just under $500 from KEH, and I really like having the built in hood. The bokeh is so buttery smooth. I highly recommend!!

Canon EF 28-105 F/3.5-4.5 II USM

Review Date: Nov 26, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: Price, Sharpness, Contrast, Size oh and did I say Price!
Not an 'L' and would be better if a bit wider. Not 2.8

Okay, so this is not a professional lense, nor is it meant to me. What it is however, is a gem. This lense is a rock solid performer and can be had used for under $200. This lense is a must for any beginner that wants to start out with decent glass but not lose all their cash.

I highly recommend this lense to any and everyone. I have been using for about 3 months now and have had a lot of fun with it. Sure it is not he fastest lense at this range, but it definitely not the slowest either!

Canon EF 100-300mm f/4.5-5.6 USM

Review Date: Nov 10, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $110.00 | Rating: 8 

Pros: Build Quality, ring USM, FTM, weight and overall look, good bang for buck lense
Zoom creep (but not too bad), starts to get soft over 200

This is a great lense for someone who is still trying to get his or her feet wet in photography.

You get what you pay for and sometimes you get a little more. That is the case with this lense. If you have ever played around with any of the 'toy' 75-300 zooms Canon offers you will be pleasantly surprised when you try the 100-300. I just don't think you can get more value for so little money except maybe the 28-105 3.5-4.5.

The zoom creep is a little annoying but definitely not a deal breaker. 58mm filter size won't break the bank either. This is definitely going to be a learning lense for me until I can afford 'L' quality. Definitely look for a used one because you just might get a really good deal.

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

Review Date: Oct 24, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $650.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Focal range, weight, and sharp, sharp pictures!
EF-S mount only, price

By far the best lense I own as far as quality. I bought this from a fellow FMer while in Chicago and was very impressed with the way my pictures turned out. Very fun lense for a 1.6x crop DSLR owner. Of course, as of now, it only works on 300D, 350D and 20D. If you need UWA and you own one of these cameras you owe it to yourself to give this a try!