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Canon EOS 30D

Canon_30D
Review Date: May 26, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: ISO Range, boot up time, 5fps, customisation, LCD, and much much more...
Cons:
No RAW in auto modes, ISO not displayed full time, useless print button, hard to know how many shots are on the card (only shows shots left), quality of dials (compared to my EOS 50 film camera) - slightly disapointing, sensor dust out of the box, can't use my RC-1 remote switch.

I switched to the 30D from an EOS 50 film camera, shooting mainly Provia 100F and scanning with a Nikon Coolscan III. I've been waiting a long time for the price/power/megapixel combination of digital SLRs to hit a sweet spot, and the 30D did it for me.

The results from this camera continue to amaze. From filtered/tinted B&W, saturated colour, super sharpened images - I can dial up any combination of stuff on this camera and it sorts out a brilliant image for me.

Some of my favourite shots have been ISO 1600+ monochromes with a sepia tint. This lets me shoot in just about any any light and is great for photographing my toddler.

I shoot in RAW+JPEG mode which is great for speed/versatility at post processing (I only wish it worked in auto modes when I'm in a hurry to snap off a shot). The Canon supplied software has some high quality maths, and I think produces superior results to Adobe RAW (even though there are less adjustments).

Quality lenses are more important than ever with this camera. I got the enthusiast kit with the 17-85 IS lens (and own a Tamron 28-300 and Canon 35-135). The 17-85 took some learning, but once I found the strengths and weaknesses it produced stunning results. I particularly like the short focus distance of the EF-S mount. Don't skimp on lenses, if you do you'll forever be frustrated because the 30D takes the photo warts and all.

This is my first experience with a digital SLR, and I highly recommend upgrading to the 30D for anyone still using film.


 
Canon EF-S 17-85mm f4-5.6 IS USM

EF17-85
Review Date: May 9, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Great sharpness above 35mm. Great range. Solid build. Image stabiliser is very effective.
Cons:
Distortion and softness at 17mm. Chromatic aberration at edges with high contrast. Barrel distortion (doesn't worry me, but no good for architectural shots).

I recently bought a 30d enthusiast kit after an enormous amount of research. The choice of camera was easy but the choice of lens was hard, largely because reviews on the 17-85 (my first choice) were very mixed. In the end I did buy it, and am happy to say I got exactly what I expected.

The first thing to say is that this lens is average from 17-35, and fabulous from 35 up. Maybe this is why it gets such mixed reviews, because those who are buying a wide angle lens will be disapointed, and those after a travel or portrait lens will be very happy.

Firstly, lets talk about the 35 and up range. I have taken hand held shots on a cloudy day at ISO 400 at 85 mm from 10 metres away that show every hair on the subjects head (with sharpening set to 0). How many lenses in this price range can do that?

But then I have taken shots at 17mm with bad chromatic aberration at the edges in high contrast areas (trees on bright sky), and the photo is soft all over. But is this really a problem? Turn up the sharpening to 4 or 5, and fix the CA in photoshop and the photos look great (almost as good as above 35mm). Sure the purists will say it shouldn't be necessary, but this is the digital age, and a few tweaks save lots of $$$.

Paired with the 30d this is a great lens, and performs better than my Tamron 28-300 or Canon 35-135 ever did. I'd strongly recommend it to anyone who can live with a bit of post-processing.

ps. My 30d had a dirty sensor out of the box - something to watch.