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Canon EOS 20D

Review Date: Sep 27, 2004 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,499.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Fast (er than 10D and Rebel), low noise at high ISOs (1600 easily printable with no filtering), great design. Controls easily accessible, except mirror lockup.
Small histogram review--would like a 3 color histogram overlay, hopefully a firmware update will bring it. Mirror lockup requires custom function, kind of annoying.

For the price point, a great camera. My camera history was Elan 7E to Digital Rebel to 20D...I loved the Elan, felt it was an extension of my eye, but with the Rebel never felt that way. Finally with the 20D I feel like shooting is easy again and I can concentrate on the SHOT; the tool doesn't limit me like the Rebel did. It's a culmination of instant power-up, fast AF/shutter response, and ergonomics.

Yes, I would prefer the features of the 1Ds MkII, but my wife and children have a bad habit of wanting "food" and "shelter." So selfish...

Canon EF 17-35mm f/2.8L USM

Review Date: Oct 24, 2003 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,000.00 | Rating: 8 

Pros: Love the wide angle on full frame, great performance (for me.)
CA wide open.

I got this lens used a couple years ago before the 16-35 came out. Reportedly the 16-35 and 17-40 are better, and since I'm a lens snob I almost want to replace this, but really I've been happy with the performance and cannot fault it. Some CA is noticeable wide open for big prints, say 12-18, but really it's okay. Doesn't have the same "tack-sharp" feeling as my 70-200, but most lenses don't. I shoot this a lot at f5.6-8.0 and it's far sharper than I need at that range.

Having said that, I've used this lens for 90% of my outdoor shots using Velvia and E100VS/E100GX because I shoot waterfalls and wide scenics that I love with the wide angle. Now with the DR it's almost a normal lens, so it lives on the camera, but of course it's no longer wide enough! Oh well, next body or next lens.

Canon EF 28-90mm f/4-5.6 II USM

Review Date: Oct 21, 2003 Recommend? no | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 4 

Pros: Cheap.
Very, very soft wide open.

This came with my Elan 7E body I bought before I knew much about lens quality. My wife shot some portraits wide open and after the softness was even visible on the Walmart 4x6's, she wondered if something was wrong with the AF...then after searching the net I bought a 70-200 f4L, ditched this lens, and everything was okay. Smile

Not a bad consumer lens, the AF is fast enough, but it has caused me to become a lens-snob and buy only prime or L quality lenses.