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Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM

Review Date: Jan 30, 2009 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,000.00

Pros: weight, focus speed, price, attached hood, sharp pictures

I've had this lens for about a year and half along with my 30D. This is one of the best lenses ever made for birds in flight. It is light and easy to carry around. The attached hood is nice as you don't need to fuss with putting one on and taking it off. The auto focus is very fast with my 30D and spot on. If your looking for an entry lens for wildlife photography, look no further, this thing is sharp!

Canon EOS 30D

Review Date: Jan 30, 2009 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,000.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: nice weight, 8mp, 5fps, easy to use, battery life, great image quality, price
not weather sealed, the third stops in ISO seem to not be very good, not being able to see important info on screen when shooting.

I've had this camera for about a year and a half now. I bought a 400 5.6L along with it and they have both served me very well. You get a lot of bang for your buck with this camera. It performs fairly well up to ISO800 but I don't go above that. It feels very well put together in my hands and is a nice size and weight. The controls are very well laid out and pretty intuitive. The batteries last forever, about 700 shots doesn't even take half of my battery! My big gripe with this camera is the screen on the top of the camera next to the shutter button. It shows the important information (ISO, shutter speed, aperture, metering mode etc) and it can't be seen on the main screen when your shooting. This can be a real pain if you shoot wildlife and you want to change settings without scaring things away. It would be nice if this could be displayed on the back that way I don't have to look up. but oh well, this is one solid camera! well worth the money.