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Canon EOS 10D

10D
Review Date: May 26, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Pro look and feel w/battery grip, build quality, battery life, fast focus with prime or L glass, quiet shutter, easy to use controls, image quality, compatible w/550 EX and price.
Cons:
Buffer speed, 1.6x crop factor, start up, unable do use my 50mm indoors due to crop factor, viewfinder brightness, LCD.

I bought this 10D from a forum member and I've been very pleased with this camera, it does have its pros and cons.

Pros:

I have always loved the pro look and feel of Canon cameras,the 10D with the BG-ED3 grip has just that. The construction is sturdy and the heft lets you know its not a toy. The 10D focuses fairly fast with better glass, if you have the kit lens...loose it. The 550 EX and remote shutter release is compatible with both the 10D and EOS 3, which worked out since I have both cameras. The image quality is crisp and sharp with better glass, not so much with the kit lens. You really don't need more than 6mp unless you plan on printing your photos and most people don't, at full resolution you can get prints up to 8x10 without loss of quality or any extra PS work. The small/normal is more than adequate for Internet use. The medium/fine is great for 4x6 prints....unless you like spending more time playing with software than being outside taking photos the small to medium resolution is your best bet.

Cons:

The small sensor can limit what you do indoors. I have a 50mm f1.4 that I tried to use at a family birthday party, but I couldn't back away far enough to get everyone in the frame. The 1.6x crop factor turns 50mm into an 80mm which isn't condusive to indoor use. I recommend the 28-105 or the 24-105 L, either of these two will allow more flexiblity shooting in and out doors and these lenses are a great workaround for the 1.6x crop factor. The startup is slow but not unreasonable. The viewfinder isn't as bright as my EOS 3 but the 10D isn't a 'pro' camera.The LCD is small, however I don't use the LCD to preview my photos, its turned off. I have enough confidence in my skills that I don't need the preview.

The buffer is the bottleneck. Unless you plan on printing all of the photos you take, shoot at either the medium/fine or small/fine resolution...the write speed will be fast enough, shooting a 9 shot burst at full resolution (large/fine) will cause the camera to pause for about 12 seconds while it processes the data and writes it to the card. If you need to shoot this many images regularly, the 10D isn't for you...go for the 5D or one of the 1 series cameras.

Conclusion:

For the money you won't find a better camera and deals can be found regularly here and elsewhere. I think this is camera is a great walkaround camera and for photogs on a budget. Its much better value than the Nikon equivalent. This is really more camera than the average person really needs. With the 1GB card and the resolution set at medium/fine there's room for almost 700 images.



 
Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM

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Review Date: Apr 4, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $309.00 | Rating: 7 

 
Pros: Price and speed
Cons:
Backfocus issue

I bought this lens new from Adorama and I decided to test this lens to see if this copy would have a focus problem that seems to plague other owners...and yes...my copy has focusing issues too. Instead of sending it back to Adorama for an exchange I sent this lens to Canon Factory Service Center, I also sent a CD with the test photos I took...this lens was soft from f1.4 to f2.8, beyond that it got sharper. The diagnosis from Canon was that it did have a focus problem and it was corrected electronically, the electronics were tested and the lens cleaned...not that it needed cleaning since it was NIB. I'm expecting delivery tomorrow afternoon and I'll test it again to make sure it has really been fixed.

 
Canon Speedlite 380EX

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Review Date: Dec 27, 2004 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: This model was intoduced in 1995 and discontinued in 2001 and is compatible with the new E-TTL II on my Elan 7N, recycles quickly with rechargable NiMH batteries, tilt head, auto-focus assist light, auto zoom, power save after 90 seconds.
Cons:
Head doesn't swivel and not compatible with wireless, flimsy battery door.

I bought this flash years ago for an A2 that I had. When I replaced the A2 with the Elan 7N was surprised to find that it's compatible with the new E-TTL II. Great flash even thought its years old. Battery door is weak be careful not to break it, Canon...are you listening??

 
Canon EF 28-105 F/3.5-4.5 II USM

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Review Date: Dec 27, 2004 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $229.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Price, size, weight, USM, metal lens mount as opposed to the plastic found on kit lenses.
Cons:
Lens hood extra.

I decided to buy this lens for use on my new Elan 7N, I had been using a Tamron 28-300 f/3.5-6.3 on an old A2. The lens is easily half the size and weight of the old Tamron. Photos are crisp and sharp, I do agree with the rest that a flash is needed indoors...I decided to buy this lens instead of the newer Tamron 28-300, which is much lighter and smaller than the Tamron it replaces, however I didn't like the plastic lens mount on a $400 lens...