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Canon Speedlite 550EX TTL

Review Date: Jan 18, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

Pros: Many features and very powerful
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I'll admit, the first few months with the flash, I was confused, frustrated, and upset that I couldnt get more consistent exposures. But after sitting down, reading the manual, and experiment more, I learned how to use the flash, and now, I think its just great!

Even though I love this flash, if you are going to get a new flash, you might as well get the 580ex as it works with ett-l 2, if you are in the used market for a flash, and dont plan to upgrade for awhile, then this should be the flash you consider.

Take the time and learn the flash, and you will be grateful you have it.

Tamron 28-75mm f2.8 XR Di Zoom AF

Review Date: Jan 18, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 8 

Pros: Super sharpe
slow focus, a bit noisy at times


Great bang for the buck. This lens is great wide open, on the 1D its the perfect walk around lens. Also enjoy the fact it can substitute as a macro lens in situations where you don't want to carry a dedicated marco lens.


Zoom rotates the opposite of my canon zooms. Doesnt have usm, so its a tad noisy. Sometimes it hunts a bit, but thats rare.

Overall great lens! For people who want one lens that can do a bit of everything, and don't want to shell out the cash for the L, then this lens should be HIGHLY on their list.