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Canon EOS 5D

Review Date: Nov 26, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $2,300.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Full Frame. Amazing Low Light Performance @ High ISO. Looks and Feels Professional.
Can be a dust magnet if you're not careful.

Upgrading from a Rebel XT, the 5d is such a pleasure.

Full Frame really brings out the full usage of L series lenses (5D + 35L = money).

I cannot believe how well noise is controlled at high ISO. ISO 800 is totally usable thanks to the larger photosites on the sensor.

Spot metering is another amazing advantage over the Rebel XT.

If you have quality glass, get a quality camera. The 5d is probably the best bang for your buck camera on the market today.

If you shoot landscapes or portraits, and have quality lenses, don't even think twice about the 5D. Go out and get it. The images you can produce are worth the price.

Long Live Full Frame!

Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM

Review Date: Oct 28, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $385.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Razor Sharp, Versatile, Great Value.
AF hunts in low light.

Using this on a Rebel XT, this lens is amazing. As a macro lens, I use manual focus anyway, so AF hunting isn't an issue for me. This lens produces very sharp images with a very narrow depth-of-field. Stopped down, it is sharp throughout the frame. Awesome.

With its 96mm effective focal length an a 1.6x crop sensor, it can be used as a portrait or landscape lens and the sharpness remains.

Simply an amazing lens, the best value lens I own. As long as I have a crop sensor camera, I am keeping this lens. Highly recommended!

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

Review Date: Apr 30, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,249.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Color, Sharpness, Range, Weight, Size, Balance, Build. It's an L, what else do I need to say?

I wanted an L lens that I could leave on my Digital Rebel XT for most shots.

I narrowed my search down to the 24-70 f/2.8L and the 24-105 f/4L. I read the reviews and decided that the quality would be even between the two lenses. I tried both lenses on my camera and chose the 25-105 f/4L for the following reasons:

Its much lighter and feels balanced on the Rebel, the 24-70 is a brick. If I had the 20d/30d, I might have chosen differently.

My uses. I planned to take mostly outdoor shots of stationary subjects with this lens. Landscapes, Architecture, etc. For this, IS is way more useful than an extra stop in aperture. f/2.8 is one stop faster than f/4, allowing you to shoot with one stop faster shutter. IS allows you to shoot with 3 stops faster shutter. Unless your subjects are moving, and mine generally aren't, I want IS. BTW, the IS is dead silent. Amazing.

In general, the pictures have unbelievable color, I am sold on L lenses now, despite the cost. The sharpness is amazing. No complaints. I shoot in RAW, and convert with Digital Photo Professional that comes with the Rebel. Set Quality to 10 and Sharpness to 5, and this lens will only be limited by your abilities.

Great lenses will outlast the best camera. If you consdier yourself serious about photography, or aspire to be, invest in the best. Worth every penny!