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Canon Speedlite Transmitter ST-E2

st-e2
Review Date: Sep 6, 2009 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 7 

 
Pros: small and light, Great add-on AF beam , (beam is wide n bright ) , Great range even in outdoor.( 30ft)
Cons:
No Manual Flash, no second curtain, no flash compensation,cant adjust zoom of slave flash, uses expensive and uncommon CR2 battery. CAnt see the adjustments in the dark.

Very small and tidy package for an add-on AF beam. Very useful for those pub and disco shoots. Where space can be tight.
Your flash can be mounted on an overhead beam and you are triggering them as you go.

No issue with built quality, but its not bomb-proof.

Its soooo light, you dont need to screw it down. I don't even bother with the "lock" pin. You must knock into someone to get it off.

Great range even in outdoor provided the slave is FACING it.



Lots of missing features. Very simple like 2nd curtain. ( cant be done with the body either ) No manual flash option. ( Manual flash is an option on 580EX )

No flash compensation dial. I like the quick dial on the 580EX. Not a biggie since most bodies can do flash compensation.





 
Canon EOS Rebel (300D)

300D-2
Review Date: Sep 2, 2009 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Cheap now, great grip, light weight, great image quality,
Cons:
slow to start , to write, to review. Just like a film camera. But if you are on vacation, you tend to take things slow. Low ISO pics not very good but still get you the shot.

On top of what everyone else wrote, its fantastic bargain now.
Very decent image quality. I have been able to print 24x36 no problems ( from RAW file )

Great vacation camera. Just throw in a 50mmf1.8 ( another bargain ) and you should be able to come home to some outstanding pics of museum, cafes, dark streets etc.

Its very light, but the grip is large enough for man's hand.So it comfortable and if you do add a flash, it wouldnt keep slipping off your hands like the newer 450D.

Did I say, its really cheap now ?


 
Sigma 17-70mm F2.8-4.5 DC MACRO

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Review Date: Aug 25, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 5 

 
Pros: great focal length, good macro especially for 17mm range.
Cons:
f stop from f2.8 then sharply drops. Coat peel for such a new lens

Great piece of handy lens for travel etc.
AF accurate and fast.
my favourite for walk around lens
but the cost of ownership is not what it appears

when your lens suddenly start to peel, you lose whatever value on them

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3133/2798994462_97a3f9edba.jpg

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3061/2798994306_3d9393f0a4.jpg


 
Sigma 70-200mm F2.8 EX DG APO MACRO HSM

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Review Date: Aug 25, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated

 
Pros: cheap price, black lens, qreat image quality
Cons:
AF not as fast, but seems to improve as you use it. Accurate AF too, no front or back focus

Everything seems fine, comes with hood, tripod collar and lens case............but some time down the road, you get something you never really expect, BUBBLES in the lens coat.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3254/2798146635_3bcd66d04b_o.jpg

then followed by peeling

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3269/2798146931_d380e16054.jpg


so what started as a good value lens , turned out to be costlier than anticipated since you cant sell off the lens