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Canon EOS Rebel (300D)

300D-2
Review Date: May 18, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $800.00 | Rating: 8 

Pros: IQ is excellent, and with the wasia crack it's features also (for the price, and considering release date).
Cons:
Speed, speed and speed. And did I mention speed? It's too damn slowwwww !!! And it's features without wasia crack...

Brought two and a half years ago on second hand with the kit lens from a friend upgrading to the EOS 350D with more than 8k actuations. I now have more than 14kÖ


Coming from a Powershot G5 it was a huge image quality leap forward. Photos until ISO 400 were as good as or better than my G5 at ISO 50, and at ISO 800 as good as or better than the G5ís ISO 100. It opened an all new world of photography for me, especially since my two main photo subjects are low light landscapes and city night photos.


The main problem itís that itís a slowww camera, now startup times from a 2006 P&S are faster, its buffer is on the small side (but still better than most P&S) and itís silver color isnít as discreet as I would like it to be. On plus side, itís a joy using RAW with it, since all mainstream programs support itÖ


Just a word of caution: It opened a hole in my wallet since I soon realized that I would need some ďniceĒ glass to it: Iíve acquired the 17-85, the 10-22, the 50/1.8 and the Sigma 150 macro in the last year. I also brought a nice tripod with head, some expensive filters, new hard drives, backpacks and so on. It never endsÖ


 
Canon EF-S 17-85mm f4-5.6 IS USM

EF17-85
Review Date: Jan 1, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $750.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: Great carry around lens. Excellent zoom range, it stays on my camera 90% of the time. IS is great!
Cons:
EF-S, but who cares? FF on the Rebel/x00D price range is still a long way ahead...

Iíve had this lens on an EOS Rebel/300D for more than a year now, couldnít be much happier. It replaced my 18-55 from my 300D kit and Iíve never looked back!

No, it isnít the perfect lens as it isnít as fast as everyone would like, No, it isnít build like a tank as the Lís lens but itís the best carry around lens that one can buy for a Canon APS DSLR.

Its zoom range and last generation IS helps to get the picture that otherwise would probably miss. Its size and weight makes it portable on a day basis, so you can carry your gear with you most of the times that you wouldnít do with a heavier gear.

Ok, someone could argue that the EF-S 17-55 F/2.8 IS USM (I havenít used one) could be a better lens Ė I agree Ė but it cost twice as much, an itís not as convenient zoom range wise. I've tested a friend's 28-135 IS and my 17-85 is much better, sharper and feels more solid (sample variation or I'm just lucky?).

For me is a keeper. And will make a long companion through my photographic outings.