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Canon EOS 40D

40d
Review Date: Nov 12, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,079.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: IQ, Speed(from FPS to operation), ergonomics, excellent ISO performance, live view, built quality better than 20D.
Cons:
wish there were more focusing points

This is arguably the first true upgrade from 10D. Everything on the camera is way better, faster & bigger(LCD), a new sensor(not the same as XTi) and a new focusing system.

I own a 10D and have used 20D & 1Ds Mk II. I've always felt that the built quality from 20D was a down grade from the 10D, but the 40D feels very solid.

The IQ from the 40D is also better than 10D & 20D(probably also better than the 30d based on other users' comments but I haven't personally used the camera), the colors just stand out more.

The live view is very useful for macro shot and can be used as a one-click mirror lockup function when taking landscap or night time photos.

The list of improvements just go on & on. Get it!


 
Gitzo 2220 Aluminum Explorer


Review Date: Nov 7, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: flexible, sturdy, quality material, inexpensive
Cons:
some parts are easy to come off, not very light.

Pros:
- This tripod is fantastic if you're into Macro photography or shooting in awkward terrain and need steady sport. You can pretty much have your camera stablized in any position.

- The price is excellent(now it's $50 more expensive than what I have paid 2 years ago), but still an excellent deal.

Cons:
- my biggest complaint is that the rubber padding on the tripod feet can come loose easily, so is the center column's "weight hook". I meant if you observe the individual part of the tripod separately, everything is high quality, but for whatever reason the screws on those 2 parts always unscrew themselves. I ended up using a bit of super glue to "tighten" the screw since I can not imagine there is any situation I would want to take off those parts, now it's perfect!


 
Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM

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Review Date: Mar 8, 2004 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,040.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: sharp, contrasty, fast, excellent built quality
Cons:
expensive, heavy & big.

This lens stays on my 300d 90% of the time. With a zoom so fast & sharp, primes are rarely needed.