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Sigma 24-60mm f2.8 EX DG Lens

24-60mm
Review Date: Sep 1, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Quick responsive AF, Comes with lens hood and lens bag, sharp pictures, nice colours, cheap, quality for price, size of lens, good weight,
Cons:
Rumors with use on 20D, lock only on 24mm

I have shot about 6000 shots with my sigma lens on my canon 300D so far and haven't had any problems what so ever. It has seen quite a bit of dust and bad weather conditions and still produces great shots. The 2.8 for me works well and am not scared to shoot at 2.8 on a regular basis. Considering the canon is multiple times more expencive, this lens is a great little travel lens which covers a semi landscape to fantastic portraits. If size, build quality and motor noise is an issue, this is the lens for you. Purchased from sigma4less.com which was the cheapest price at time of purchase.

 
Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM

ef70_200_4_1_
Review Date: Apr 15, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: White, price, size, lightweight, everything everyone else has mentioned.
Cons:
White, No tripod collar,

I previously purchased the Canon 75- 300mm IS lens and had that for about 2 months. After having several prtoblems with the focusing and sharpness I decided to save the extra money after reading this and I am very glad I did. The sharpness and focusing time is amazing even in dark situations. Feels very solid. If you are considering purchasing the 75-300 IS canon do not bother. Save your pennies and get one of these. You will never look back. You will need to purchase the colar as well. I wouldn't trust it on a tripod with out it. Read all the other reviews. Everyone will tell you how good this is.


 
Canon EOS Rebel (300D)

300D-2
Review Date: Jan 12, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,000.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: EF Lens Compatible, Quality Of Photo, Ease Of Use, Battery Length Perfect for the SLR beginner
Cons:
-Wouldn't Use Heavy Lens On The Plastic Body, -Autofocus red dots are sometimes hard to see in viewfinder. -No protection on the display screen

Great camera especially for the beginner SLR user.

If you can afford to, go the model up to either the 10D or 20D.

The only downfall is the plastic body and the mirrorprism rather than the pentaprism found in the 10/ 20D models.

Great pictures,

Comparing to the D70 Nikon, the 300D doesn't compare aswell but being a Canon person I decided to loose out on some of the features.

No real loss.

Definately purchase the lens package rather than the body only.

Would recommend purchasing a speedlite. Annoying pop up flash.

CONCLUSION-
Overall this is the perfect camera if you are interested in getting into SLR photgraphy. Its ease of use combined with its manual functions lets you start off with little to no knowlege of SLR's into a true photographer. You will not be disapointed in your purchace of this camera however you will want to upgrade in the future.





 
Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM

ef75_300_1_
Review Date: Jan 12, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $420.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Lightweight, IS , Quality Of The Picture For The Price,
Cons:
Not For Professionals, Slow Focus In Dark Situations

I find this to be an excellent lens for my collection. This really is a great lens for the price however if photography is you profession this isn't for you.

Considering the next model up is around double the price, if you have the thousand plus dollars lying around for the L series go for it, but for someone like myself who just requires a bit of extra zoom on the photos I take, I have no real negative aspects about it.

This lens is great for the 300D with its plastic body as I wouldn't recommend a much heavier lens for this camera.

Definately pay the extra for the IS. Its is a nice little technology which helps with the clearness of the shot.

Of course people are always going to complain about the smallest little details, but if you want an affordable strong zoom lens for your camera without breaking the budget, this one is for you.