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Canon EOS D30

Review Date: May 17, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $700.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: Serious camera for not a lot of bucks.

If you are into photography and you want a decent camera but you don't have a the bank account of a professional get this camera! I bought mine for $700 a couple years ago on ebay and I never regreted doing so. I'm sure you could get one for even less now. As you probably know this is an SLR and it will take canon mount lenses. It has a decent sized image buffer so you can avoid the delay of waiting for each shot to go to the card. If you tweak the settings you can also get it to have little to no delay between button and shutter release.
Some may complain about "soft" images. If you read the report they explain that the camera has little to no internal sharpening algorithms so there is nothing wrong with the camera, it's just giving you more options. 3.11 megapixels is FINE for 8x10 prints. I've done quite a few at even larger sizes.

My largest issue with the camera is that the view finder is a little small and it's also a little bit inacurate. It seems to crop maybe a half or so degrees of the view on each side. I've gotten used to it and now I just compensate in my head. You should also be ware that there is no split focusing circle or any other focusing aids, so you either need to focus by eye or use the autofocus (I find autofocus to be unwholesome so this is a bit of a peav for me).

Again, overall though you can't beat this value!

Sigma 28mm f1.8 EX DG Aspherical Macro

Review Date: May 16, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 8 

Pros: Kind of cheap. Nice big aperture.
A little noisy and big, and mediocr construction/design.

I got this lense a year or two ago and I've finally decided that I'm kind of unhapy with it. Looking back I might have done better buying the Cannon 28 2.8. I don't like how bulky the lense is. I take my camera with me every where I go so this is a big deal. Also the barrel that holds the objective lense in the front is a little bit wobbly. Though it doesn't seem to effect the image too much I'm still turned off by this issue. Recently I borrowed a friends cannon 28-103 IS and used it at 28mm to compare. I noticed that it was much easier to line my shots up with this lense. I find that I am often taking many duplicate shots to slightly ajdust the angle of the camera because the shot never looks properly lined up. The most annoying part of this lense though is the auto focus. It's noticably loud, and when I'm trying to take kandid people shots it can really kill the mood. More annoying though is how poor it works! It seems to have trouble latching on in anything but ideal lighting conditions. I often don't bother using it, which sucks because I have a D30 which doesn't have a split focusing screen or anything.

The lense IS metal, which is great, and it has held up to my abuse pretty well. I have used the 1.8F many times in bars and things like that with good results. Keep in mind that I'm more of an artist than a photo gear freak so I'm not as insane about the sharpness of my pictures as many of the people on this message board. The lense is pretty sharp though, especially compared do my old cheapy sigma 28-85.