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Canon EOS Rebel XT (350D)

Review Date: Oct 12, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: CMOS technology, Canon lense line-up
Bit small

Beware of this camera. Very aware. It's use will certainly lead to the purchase of many expensive lenses and more advanced bodies. I started on the 350 and learned a lot about photography. I have since moved on to a 30D and find it tough to sing it's praises having fired a few thousand shots with the 30D.

I guess the best way to describe the 350/XT would be to say that there is nothing wrong with the technology. It's just not quite as easy to use as the bigger and more advanced bodies. Prior to purchasing the 30D I would have provided this camera with a very flowery report.

Perhaps a bit small, perhaps not as easy to adjust manual settings while shooting, perhaps not a lot of info in the viewfinder, perhaps this and that. If you get to know it, it is not that difficult to manage at all and I have taken many great (IMHO) pictures with it. This has become my back-up. Still like it very much, but hardly ever use it.

It is a perfect beginners camera and I had such a strong affinity for it that I cannot get rid of it. It still rides the bag!

Canon EOS 30D

Review Date: Jul 27, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

Pros: Ergonamics, ease of operation

Upgraded from the 350D. Wow! Controls are a joy to use and a fine tool for creative shooting. Only one thing I would perhaps have liked and that's a bigger sensor. I guess that would make it a 5D. Considering the price difference I'll stick to the 30. It is a huge leap from the 350 and an absolute pleasure to use. Canon picture quality goes without saying.

Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM

Review Date: Jun 27, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: Very well build, very nice saturation, very very sharp, nice bokeh etc etc

I purchased this lens after a load of reading this site and many others. Choice had to be made between IS version and this one. My shooting style does not realy warrant IS or the price tag that goes along with it. Have shot a few hundred pics with this lens now, many just attempting to indicate flaws. I am a very happy chap with my purchase and cannot find anything to complain about. This is one of those lense that makes all the stuff you learn and practice with a camera just so much easier. Enough praise for now - wanna go shooting!

Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM

Review Date: Feb 4, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

Pros: Reasonable build, sharp across the board, very little flare

I believe that I have a pretty weird copy of this lense. As a portrait and medium telephoto lense this one is razor sharp. Macro sharpness is acceptable. I also use the Sigma 150 and the Canon is not quite at the same level here as the Sigma in the macro department. Having said that, it does not imply that the Canon is bad.

It's medium telephoto capability and portrait results is stunning. It realy is the wrong way around and I wanted to return it, but it fits in very nicely in my kit setup so decided to keep this wrong-way-around macro.

Auto focus at distances less than 1m is not good and it hunts more often than not. Also in low contrast situations. Can be frustrating, but not the end of the world picking it up manualy. end result is what counts and I have no intended action work for it, so that does not matter to much. One thing that I find pleasantly surprising is how little flare I have picked up with the lense. In testing and fooling around with it I have battled to get it to flare. Same conditions as some of my other lenses would have readily flared without intent.

In short, I have and awesome portrait lense with so-so macro capability. I have rated it well as the macro side is not bad, just thought it would be better. I like my wrong way around copy and turns out to be pretty handy!

Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM

Review Date: Jan 28, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: With odd exception - everything!
No lens hood. Focus ring a bit loose

Very happy with the lens. Optical quality is great and focus is reasonably fast and accurate. I am a bit dissapointed with the focus ring that detracts from the build quality in general, but when comparing price to the L's, I guess it is a fair flaw! Would have liked the hood, tough to get them in RSA and have to wait some time for one on order. Other than that - If I had to choose if I would purchase again? Yes, everytime. Lovely lens.

Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM

Review Date: Jan 27, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: Build quality, colours, sharp, wide
Bit slow

Build quality is what is expected of an Canon L.

I have read many of the reviews here before purchasing one and think that I might have struck it lucky with a good unit. It is pretty sharp all the way through and only slightly softer at f4. One step down and it holds all the way through. Corners as slightly softer at 17mm as well, but again is only slight and takes some serious scrutiny to notice it. Many of the faults I have found was based on previous reviews and did not find it to be visible at first glance at all.

It is not as sharp as the 50 f1.4 or Sigma 150 Macro that I have. These are the bench marks in my arsenal, but have to admit that the drop in sharpness is very marginal and it takes some serious cropping and magnifying to appreciate the difference.

AF is very quick and accurate. I am most surprised that it has not hunted at all during the week that I have had it. Most of the time that I have used it has been during poor light hours of the day. In general it is to slow for handholding in poor light, but it still focusses true.

Oh, yes, have I mentioned wide? Very wide! Barrel distortion could perhaps be a bit better at the wide end, but is not to bad considering the range.

All in all I am very happy with the lens and would encourage anyone who would like to purchase. F2 would have been nice, but not the end of the world not having it.