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Canon EOS Rebel XT (350D)

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Review Date: Apr 12, 2009 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $300.00 | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Fine IQ up to ISO 400, light weight/small, good on batteries
Cons:
coming from the xxD series, hard to navigate menu/controls

As noted, it's complicated to navigate the menu and controls, but if someone started with this camera, they'd probably do better. Some think it "too small", but that's a selling point to me, even with large/medium clumsy hands: with, e.g., a 35 or 50 lens, it can go in a big pocket, or a small fanny pack

With the kit lens (IS model), gotten surprisingly good results up to ISO 400, and over is certainly acceptable.

At current used prices it's an excellent buy


 
Canon EOS 5D

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Review Date: Mar 13, 2009 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Stunning IQ
Cons:
None for my use

Got the camera and an Adorama CF tripod at the same time, and went to my favorite test site (a white water tower, with black framework) mainly to check out the tripod. Used my 24-105L

Shot raw, got home, just idly hit 100% view for the first shot and was astounded. Total clarity on one inch bolts and wires at over 100 yards. Only wish my 10-22 fit it


 
Bogen/Manfrotto 3021 Tripod Legs

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Review Date: Nov 12, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $110.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Stable, secure, adjustable, great bang-for-buck
Cons:
none

A carbon fiber would cost me over $250 more, and I'd only save about 1 1/2-2 lbs., can't see it

I'm 6' even, can run the center post up just little, no real loss of stability, and not have to bend to sight


 
Tokina 19-35mm f/3.5-4.5 AF 193

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Review Date: Oct 28, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Cheap, lightweight, sharp, fast focussing, good color/contrast
Cons:
None

Used this lens on film and digital cameras, no complaints, only sold it to get $$ for my 10-22

HUGE bang-for-bucks factor