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Canon Deluxe Backpack 200 EG

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Review Date: Jan 9, 2010 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Durable; affordable; useful; subdued colors; convenient
Cons:
can't take the damn Canon badge off without minor surgery - No need to advertise it's camera stuff inside to thieves!

I've had this bag around 2 yrs. now. It's starting to show some signs of fabric wear at the bottom but to its credit, I take it with me everywhere, every day. I mean that, too - EVERY DAY/EVERYWHERE. It's great for carry-on at the airport as you can put books, cell phone, etc. in it conveniently. I've had quite a bit of gear in it (400 5.6, 24-70 2.8, and 5D II with 70-200 mounted) along with other stuff in it and the shoulder straps show no signs of fatigue or unstitching. I have a different bag I take if I want to do a day of shooting with all my lenses but this is my daily bag. I'd recommend it.

Anyone have good advice for taking the Canon badge off? I ain't no seamstress so unstitching the top is not an option. Maybe some electrical tape... M-Nu...


 
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8

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Review Date: Aug 15, 2009 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 7 

 
Pros: Solid build, distance window, convenient focal length for many uses
Cons:
noisy (this ain't no bird lens so who really cares??) but it lets me know it's working. Hard to replace an actual mk I, no more parts...

I see a lot of people offering critique here have confused the plastic mkII with this vintage lens. I bought this lens with my first EOS camera in 1986. I fell down a flight of stairs in Tokyo with it and had to have it repaired. It's worked well since then and having held on to it for so long I now know what a gem this lens is. Apparently Canon stopped supporting this version but it is a cult classic and you can easily find others who love this lens. You'd be hard pressed to pick up a mkI near a hundred dollars anymore so if you do find that offering take it! I started to use this for close quarter shooting on my 5D mkII and it works well when it wants to. Too old and too new seem to have an issue but I am not the only one with that issue so I don't take it personally. f1.8 allows you to shoot in a wide variety of lighting and 50mm is a decent focal length for parties, work, or whenever things are fairly nearby. Knowing that I have a vintage lens on a cutting edge body is kind of fun. I don't think the IQ is much different for this and the mkII adn I woudl certainly hope the mkII has some image advantage because it sure is a cheapy-choppy build! This lens is an era gone by but it reminds me that things used to be built to last longer than me. And plastic doesn't give me that feeling. Well, there IS Fisher Price toys...