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Epson Stylus Photo 2200

StylusPhoto2200
Review Date: Feb 11, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $679.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Excellent image quality especially on matte papers.
Cons:
Metamerism/bronzing on glossy papers.

I love mine.

I haven't really taken advantage of the roll paper, preferring sheets instead but its nice to know I can print some good sized panos if I'd like.

I started out printing Epson semi-gloss and luster. The luster is quite nice but honestly I've come to really like the matte papers and Epson Enhanced Matte is a good, everyday paper until you decide you want something fancier. Perhaps I'm just an old throw back but I like the matte papers better than the RC glossy and luster papers.

Like most people I've got a color managed system and find that the most recent Epson profiles are pretty good for their papers.


 
Canon Speedlite 550EX TTL

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Review Date: Oct 14, 2004 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $329.00 | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Powerful, versatile, lots of features, works very well with ST-E2 (indoors).
Cons:
IR trigger with ST-E2 is very problematic outdoors. No PC connector. To put it into high speed sync you have a simultaneously press to small buttons that are very close together. You'll need small fingers or a tool.

It's a workhorse but Canon didn't hit a home run with the ergonomics.

I've been using these for a few years and it's been very reliable except for IR outdoors with the ST-E2. IR seems like a dumb choice for outdoors.

There's no PC connector so you're on your own to figure out how to fire it with a PocketWizard.

I do like the the channels and A/B groups for setting up lighting ratios and such with the ST-E2. It very much works like a studio light in that regard.

If you're a sports photog pay attention to the duty cycle. I learned the hard way that you can blow one of these up.

With a Quantum pack or the Canon CP-E2 with 2200 maH NiMH batteries you can get some decent life and reasonable recycle times.


 
Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM

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Review Date: Jun 14, 2003 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $799.00 | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: very well built, light weight, smooth controls, silent AF, a cost effective L lens
Cons:
CA - purple fringing in certain circumstances

This has been a great addition to my D60 kit. I've been wanting a WA and the flexibility of a zoom. This lens performs to my expectations and is just what I was looking for. At 17-40mm this has been a very versatile lens for me and is easy to carry around.

update: I've had the lens for 4 months now and I've taken thousands of shots with it. I'm even more impressed with the lens now than when I first bought it. Truly a bargain for L glass.


 
Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM

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Review Date: Apr 2, 2003 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $450.00 | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: very good all around lens, IS, very good value
Cons:
lens extends during zoom

A great first lens for a lot of people. It's focal range is very good and the IS makes it much more useful than f/3.5-5.6 might otherwise seem. I pack it often for travel when I don't want to carry a bag of lens and want just one to get me through the trip. When stopped down a couple of stops it is capable of producing very sharp images. Great bang for the buck.