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Canon EOS 10D

10D
Review Date: Apr 28, 2003 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,650.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Fixed all of the issues I had with my old D30. Faster, Better, Cheaper
Cons:
Wishful thinking.... no 1.6 crop

I just got my 10D from Fletchers in Sydney, and it is fantastic.... better than I expected. The "processing" speed is much faster than my old D30 that had half the pixels. Love the auto-orientation, low noise high ISO shooting (!!!), 10x zoom playback, quick change of image sizes & compression custom setting.... among other things.

Surprisingly, I like the new Canon Zoombrowser. It's more Windows integrated. On my Mac, the Image Browser is pretty much the same. Photoshop Elements 2.0 is also pretty neat.... although it's missing Actions, Lab Color, and Healing Brush from Photoshop 7..... but certainly better than some of the low end packages I've seen bundled with digi-cams. Still no match for a full version of Photoshop, but enough for a complete novice photo editor.

At first I thought the images were soft and colors were bit weak, but a bit of unsharp mask and levels in photoshop quickly made me change my mind (there is lots of latitude for sharping, color correction, and contrast with the jpgs shot with the standard parameters..... I can imagine there is even more flexibility shooting RAW.... if only I had more memory!). I discovered that with Custom Parameters for Sharpness, Saturation, and Contrast set to +2, the jpgs look fantastic straight out of the camera....as good as my typical adjustments in Photoshop (great for happy snaps).


 
Canon EF 17-35mm f/2.8L USM

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Review Date: Apr 28, 2003 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,500.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros:
  • My most used lens on 1.6x Digital SLRs (D30/10D)
  • Sharp
  • Enough bokeh for portraits
  • Light weight
  • Cons:
  • physically big lens
  • full time manual focus needs repair- on my lens
  • on camera flash cast a shadow on the widest lengths

  • I love this lens. I use it for all of my snapshots around the house and for travel. Whatís not to like? Easy enough for my wife to compose great pictures in full Auto or P modes. Fast enough for me to get really creative. I havenít had the chance to bring it in for repair because we use it so much (full time manual focus ring is loose).

     
    Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM

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    Review Date: Apr 28, 2003 Recommend? no | Price paid: $535.00 | Rating: 6 

    Pros:
  • Light weight
  • Better than most P&S digicam lenses
  • Cons:
  • not enough bokeh (blurring of background for portraits) especially on the telephoto end
  • even with IS, handholding with shutterspeeds slower than 1/45 is difficult
  • on a 1.6x crop digital SLR the wide end is not enough for group portraits

  • This is a decent travel lens for outdoor photography or indoors with a flash because of its weight. Iíve read a lot of reviews about how sharp this lens is, but I donít see it. Any of the L-series zooms seem sharper to me. I sold mine last year after using it sparingly for 2 years.

    If you're on a budget, I would recommend a Sigma wide angle zoom (17-35 or 15-30), 50/1.4 and a 70-200/4L to cover this range (and beyond) more effectively.... or if you've got money to burn, go for the L-series zooms 16-35, 28-70, and 70-200.


     
    Canon EF 35-350mm f/3.5-5.6L USM

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    Review Date: Apr 28, 2003 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,800.00 | Rating: 10 

    Pros:
  • Quick versatility (from 35-350 and in between, very quickly)
  • L-series sharpness with the ďproperĒ shutter speed handheld or otherwise with a tripod.
  • With the 10D higher ISO (800 + 1600) speeds give this lens more usability.
  • Cons:
  • Lots of range means you must be aware of the focal length to match the shutter speed (takes some getting used to)
  • Sliding zoom mechanism is awkward
  • Heavy
  • Wish it were a little faster on the long end.
  • Autofocus doesn't work with X2 Teleconverters

  • I bought this lens to compliment my D30 a few years ago, and Iíve used it in backpacking/outdoors situations when I didnít want to carry much. Along with a 17-35/2.8L, this is all the equipment you would need for simple outdoors photography. Iíve taken the occasional great outdoor portrait with this lens. I didnít like to use it indoors (preferring to use shorter focal lengths and primes Ė like the 50/1.4).

    Now with a 10D, Iíve rediscovered how wonderful this lens is with the great high ISO performance on the 10D. I would rarely shoot above ISO 400 with my old D30, but now even ISO1600 looks very film like on the 10D. Thus, this lens performs really well in low light and gives me the ability to hand hold with it more readily on the telephoto end, even indoors. The 10x playback on the 10D also allows you to more readily check the focus of a shot and re-shoot if necessary. I could see where someone in photo journalism could use this as their only lensÖ.. especially on a 10D.