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Canon EOS 20D

Review Date: Feb 7, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,500.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Excellent image quality - Fast AF - Excelent high ISO perfomance - Very good battery life - Instantaneous start-up - User friendly and ergonomic - FPS rate - Joystick concroller - Robust.
No spot metering

Excellent camera for amateur and semi-pros. The ISO performance is excellent, bump it up to ISO 1600 and your photos will show much less noise compared to it's predecessor and it's competitor. Even ISO 3200 (H) will give you relatively good picture if the need arise to use it.

The image quality is second to none. Some people complain about banding, I haven't witnessed any so far.

The battery life is incredible. I never had an electronic (cameras incl.) that could last such a long time on a battery.

The camera feels great in my hand, very well balanced. The buttons are placed in and ergonomic fashion. The menus are intuitive and user friendly for changing settings on the go. You can customize a whole bunch of settings to your specific needs.

I find the size of the LCD perfect, if Canon were to make it bigger we would lose on the battery life. Joystick controller makes previewing photos a breeze. Instant display of your images is also pretty cool.

As soon as you flick the ON switch the 20D is ready to go. Never miss a picture again while you wait for your camera to start-up.

My only complain is that there is no spot metering available. But for that small inconvenience the 20D makes up with some amazing features!

Speed, Quality, Performance ... It's all there.

Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM

Review Date: Jan 7, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $735.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Sharp, beautiful colors and great contrast. Great zoom range, even on a 1.6 dSLR.
Bulky hood.

This lens is great! This is what I use 90% of the time as my walk around lens and it provides me wih exceptional images.The colors, sharpness and contrast are perfect. This is an L anyone should have in their photo bag.