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Canon Rebel T2i DSLR

Review Date: Apr 28, 2010 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 


This 550D is my new toy which makes me forget my 5D. It is light weight but robust enough for daily use. The sensation I have right now is very similar to what I feel when I first got my first DSLR the Digital Rebel. This 550D has almost everything I need: good resolution, good dynamic, reliable light metering, superb LCD, quite good AF and HD video function is just amazing. Phase AF is so reliable and precise even in low light conditions. If this baby has the AF of the 7D then it would be the perfect DSLR for daily/travel purposes.

The kit lens 18-55IS is surprisingly good, its resolution is up to L level, IS works great, It only lacks the magical color rendering of L lens.

Please take a look how good the kit lens is at wide open and the capabilities in recording HD video: /sample/550D.jpg

This camera will sure be the best seller of this year!

Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM

Review Date: Jan 15, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $800.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: Contrusction, sharpness, Fast and silent AF speed

About more than a year using it, all i can say about this lens is that it is the best bang for the bucks.

At a reasonable price, we have L construction, USM and the very good sharpness. CA and flare are very well controlled. But I have to test 3 copies to get the very good one, two others have some border sharpness problems on a full-frame camera, well it depends on QC of Canon, not the lens itself. This lens has beautiful color rendition as of Canonís L lens, fast but sometimes not really reliable focusing mechanism. High distortion at almost all focal length makes it hard to be a good portrait lens even on crop cameras where the effective focal of the lens is 27-64. Contrast is a bit dull due to its max aperture is just F4. If youíre using crop camera, just go for the efs 17-55 2.8 IS or the Tamron 17-50 2.8 and your photo will get better contrast and, do you think f2.8 is the same as f4?

Some people hesitates this baby and his big brother, the 16-35 2.8 II. Have a chance to have all of them; I can tell you that, they are worth their price. The 16-35 II is sharper wide open than the 17-4 at F4 and has noticeable better contrast, better corner sharpness and better exposure but for double the priceÖ so itís not fair to compare.

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Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM

Review Date: Jan 7, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,159.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Useful range, superb construction. Magic color rendition

I think everybody has listed all the good thing about this lens so i dont waste our time to repeat all of that. So here is my statment after 9 months using this lens.

This lens is, not like the 70-200 f2.8, really sharp even at wide open and the color rendition is just superb, up to L level. I see much little len's flare at any aperture. The BIG strength of the lens is its superior contrast, brightly and distinctly exposed subjects that you can't find on any slower lens.

Buy it as soon as you can affort its price or you will be regreted. It is an amazing lens and i understand why people name it a Lengend lens of Canon. For me, this is the best walk around lens and also really good for portrait or studio works.

Some samples:

Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM

Review Date: Jul 13, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: Super useful range, good color, sharpness, construction.
Not as sharp as 70-200 2.8L non IS but really sharp.

I bought this lens in the 5D kit. The range is very useful to be a walk around lense or for travel purpose.

Its an L lense so very robust build, great colour rendition and its contrast level is superb. The range from 70mm 105mm is my life saver for many times.

IS is a must for this lense since it is not really fast at F4, and it works efficiently in low light situation, all my photo taken with 1/6s are just perfect, no blur at all.

If i have to have only one lens, this lens is my choice. Buy it and you will nerver look back.

Some photos:

Canon EOS 5D

Review Date: Jul 2, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: FullFrame = normal focal length, Very low noise even at ISO1600, Big and bright viewfinder. Accurate colors and Best dynamic range ever.
Little information in the viewfinder, eyepoint so small. No AF assist lamp.

I've used almost all canon low_end bodies like 300D 30D.. so that when i swiched to the 5D, there's no trouble.

The body, with bigger grip and the well positioned groove seems tobe much more confortable to hold than 20D/30D series but just a bit better than the original Rebel (300D). Its build quality is just great compared to any lower class cameras and it is very solid.

The viewfinder is just great, very bright,large with high contrast level that makes things seem tobe much more realistic and i CAN MANUALLY FOCUS almost eveytimes. The only drawback is that the EYE-POINT IS JUST TOO SMALL that i have to put my eye very close to the viewfinder in order to see all the information and field of view.

AF points abit too centered but it's okay. AF performance is simply superb, much more faster than my 30D, more accurate. In low light condition, AF is very reliable, it can focus in almost every situation where my 30D and 350D surrender from the first try.

LCD is a big mistake of this camera, i can never trust it. Its brightness level is very poor that everytime i see my photo on the LCD, it shows my photo underexposure although when i see on my computer, the photo is super well exposed. Also dont count any color accurate with this LCD.

Photo quality is the best argument to buy this body. Colors are super accurate and easy to see. Very good light metering, dynamic range is the best i have seen.

FullFrame = better DOF and we are again at the right value of our lens's focal length.

If all you need is photo quality, this is probaly the best camera. (except the 1DS)

Here are some photo taken with the 5D:

Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II

Review Date: May 11, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

AF noisy, build cheapy

I have two copies of this lens and i'm satisfied of both. Although build quality is a bit fragile but with this price, it's not its weakness. Yes AF is noisy and it hunt a bit but not louder than the sound that produces the cam's shutter.

In term of optic quality, this lens produces excellent sharpness and bokeh. Colors reproduction is just very good and seem to be accurate, can be in comparaison with some L lens. Just dont forget to buy its hood, it increases significantly contrast and reduces flare.

Here are my some shots taken with this lens, almost all of them has no post processing:

This lens is a must for ALL, just buy it without hesitating and you will feel HAPPY with it

Canon EOS 30D

Review Date: Mar 18, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: Better construction compared to 3xxD or 400D series, 9 points AF. Dynamique range.
Body's grip is not big enough to hold, even the Nikon D50 in this aspect.

I switch to this camera from the black 300D. I feel the 300D's grip is bigger and easier to hold than that of 30D. Since the 300D has almost the same sizz as this 30D so that i dont feel much improuvement in term of construction but in term of image quality, there is a huge difference.

The 30D gives better colors accurate and its image's dynamique range is really excellent especially when shooting portrait on a sunny day or under different light sources.

Attention, my first 30D suffer Back focus problem and still suffer from this problem even after returning to Canon for repair. So i would recommend it if you can have a good copy.