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Canon EOS 20D

Review Date: Jul 9, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,300.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Price, quality, low noise, almost everything...
A better focusing screen for those of us who use manual focus from time to time... ISO speed in the viewfinder would be nice. The only physical aspect of the camera I don't like is the CF card door and battery door, which feels flimsy - especially compared to the build quality of the Olympus E1

After shooting film of all formats from 35mm to 8x10 I finally opted for my first DSLR about a year ago. I live in a small apartment now, have limited time, and no space for a traditional dark room.

My first DSLR was the Olympus E1. I fell in love with the speed and ease of digital photography - yet the noise level on my long exposure night photographs and resolution in general left me feeling I was making a huge comprimise in quality from shooting and scanning film.

If I had the moolah I'd opt for the 1Ds, or some medium format back. I don't have that kind of cash...

I sold my E1 and bought the 20D. Wow. Night photography with little or no noise compared to ugly color digital noise on the E1. It is just a great camera. I'm also happier with the quality of the images overall. I definitely see more detail/sharpness/resolution in the images from the 20D.

Its also a great entry level into all the fabulous Canon mount lenses, strobes, and other accessories out there. Sadly, there is a limited and very expensive set of choices for the E1.

I can't believe the price and level of quality and technology available now. It just blows me away. And the Canon 20D is simply an AWESOME value.

I since sold my 6x7 rangefinder and bought some more Canon glass. I'm holding onto my 645 and large format gear, but honestly finding little use for them lately...

Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II

Review Date: Jul 5, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: Sharp, beautiful portrait lens. Great color. Nice out of focus (bokeh). Light weight.
Build quality - but the fact that it is all plastic is over rated. For $75 it is an awesome lens and I can get over the plastic.

This is a tremendous value. Don't blame softness on bad focus. This is the best value for your money anywhere.

Beautiful head and shoulder portraits. Nice color. Sharp.

The plastic isn't that bad, makes the lens light weight. I got used to the focus ring.

Use the do it yourself focus scale if you really need it. One of the other reviewers posted a link to that project.

I love this lens.

Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM

Review Date: Jul 5, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

Pros: Nice color, reasonably sharp, perfect range for 1.6x crop. Lens improves stopped down to f/8 or so. Built like a tank.
None really...

I'm really beginning to love this lens. It is my primary lens on my 20D

Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM

Review Date: Jul 5, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $439.00 | Rating: 8 

Pros: Cheap IS telephoto lens! I was REALLY impressed at what I could do with this lens and the quality of some of the images. Its a fabulous value if you keep the limitations in inconsideration and know how to use a lens this long properly.
It is slow to focus, and looks a little goofy at 300 when the zoom extends...

I gave this lens a workout this past 4th of July weekend. I'll be posting photos on my website at eventually.

I expected mediorce quality hand held, but the IS really works. The color and sharpness in most of the images are quite respectable. 300mm does get a little bit soft, but it is usable.

Technique with long lenses takes practice. Even with an IS lens, the use of a tripod (IS turned off), stopping down, understanding flare, etc are important to getting a great image.

Depth of field is shallow with a long lens - one must understand the proper use of such a long lens to ge the most out of it.

focus speed is slow, but I have no issues with manual focusing when necessary. I often prefer manually metering and focusing depending on the subject.

If you are looking for fast focusing and the best all around performance, I'd look into a 2.8 L - but this like comparing a luxery sports car to an economy model that can do *almost* everything just as well with a little bit more skill required.