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EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM

Posted by Shamn on 10/06/2009

Suggested Retail Price: $1249.00†
canon f4LSpecifications:
Focal Length & Maximum Aperture: 70 – 200mm f/4
Lens Construction: 20 elements in 15 groups
Diagonal Angle of View: 34°- 12°(with full-frame cameras)
Focus Adjustment: AF with full-time manual
Closest Focusing Distance: 3.94 ft. / 1.2m
Zoom System: 7-group helical zoom (rotational angle: 72°)
Filter Size: 67mm
Max. Diameter x Length, Weight: 3.0 x 6.8 in./76 x 172mm 26.8 oz./760g (lens only)
At first, I wasn’t sure I wanted to spend more than a thousand dollars for this lens but after comparing it with 2.8L IS, I decided to go for f/4L IS, since I rarely take a tripod especially travelling and vacations so size and weight are important factors for me. Basically, this is the lens that I can put in my purse everyday for a hand held shots. It’s just light enough to carry at all times. I had this lens for about a month now and I took it on a cruise to Alaska, and this is just simply amazing! Sharpness at wide is phenomenal and it has excellent image stabilization! Canon’s 2.8 is obviously great lens but it doubles the weight and you need a frequent use of a tripod, and that would be my excuse to not carry it.
I took a lot of photos handholding at 1/15 and photos were very sharp! AF is also very fast and accurate even in dim light.
Image stabilization is very important for me! I would strongly encourage anyone to consider buying the IS version, although it’s more expensive, it is still worth the difference.
Here are a few unedited examples of images and all shots were hand held:

(Please note that all my personal reviews are based on my own personal experience, and is no way impacted to the company mentioned.)

Please do not reproduce any of these photos without the permission of the copyright holder. All rights reserved.

 

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Canon EOS Rebel XSi

Posted by Shamn on 10/05/2009

Suggested Retail Price: $749.99
For Specifications, please visit Canon’s website

canon xsiI’ve have been doing tons of research before buying my first dSLR. After reading all the reviews from different websites about dSLR camera, I decided to purchase the Canon Xsi with kit 18-55mm IS, it was a fantastic choice and the most suitable for me although I never intend to shoot like a full pro camera. The kit lens (EF-S 18-55 F/3.5-5.6 IS) is very good for the price. Lens is very light and compact, so it is very easy to carry around. The zoom is pretty basic, but the Image Stabilizer feature is great so overall, it is a very good lens and definitely worth the price if you are just starting out.
I bought the dSLR since I am fed up with my point and shoot, although I had a new one with different brand, it’s because I want something that I can put in my purse in case unexpected happen. It’s been a year now and I still love it a lot. Very easy to use, LCD screen is so clear and it has a very good image quality, and it’s great for reviewing several shots! Also, the lenses that came with it were good but I have to upgrade it after several times of using it. The XSi has an accurate focus even in dim lighting and CMOS sensor really captured exceptional clarity! If you are in dark area, XSi’s auto optimization is another tool that you can use in lighting conditions.
Other feature that I like also is Canon designed Self cleaning sensor unit. The filter at the front of the sensor shakes off dust automatically with ultrasonic vibrations, removing dust from the sensor assembly. XSI has a new coating on the front surface of the low-pass filter, just to increase its resistance to dust sticking to the sensor.
For under $800, this is the best dslr that you can find.
Pros:
– An easy to use, quick camera.
– 12 mega pixels.
– Great pictures, sharp, good tones.
– Small and light weight for a DSLR.
– Live view mode3.5 shots per second
– Sharp kit lens for the price.
– Long lasting battery
– Comes with 18-55mm IS lens (it’s a gem for the beginner but no doubt that better lenses will produce better pictures but you will be spending some serious $$$)
Cons:
– ISO limited to 1600.
– Live view cannot be used in Auto mode
– Exposure compensation range limited
– Does not have video
– Built in flash is not that great but you can always buy Canon SpeedLite for the camera
Other thing too, you have to get a nice memory card for this. I recommend the 8 GB Sandisk Extreme III and buy some decent filters, it provides protection to your lens from being scratched and you can see the difference of image quality. It’s an absolute must to have a back-up battery.
It lasts forever but you’ll need another one eventually.
If you are in the market of getting a new DSLR, get the XSi. Whether you are an amature, pro or just something that looking to take some great photos, this camera will fit your needs. Overall, it’s a good investment and absolutely the best bang for your $$$!!!

Other thing too, you have to get a nice memory card for this. I recommend the 8 GB Sandisk Extreme III and buy some decent filters, it provides protection to your lens from being scratched and you can see the difference of image quality. It’s an absolute must to have a back-up battery. It lasts forever but you’ll need another one eventually.

If you are in the market of getting a new DSLR, get the XSi. Whether you are an amature, pro or just something that looking to take some great photos, this camera will fit your needs.
Overall, it’s a good investment and absolutely the best bang for your $$$!!!

Here are a few unedited examples of images from XSi with kit lens and all shots were hand held:

(Please note that all my personal reviews are based on my own personal experience, and is no way impacted to the company mentioned.)

Please do not reproduce any of these photos without the permission of the copyright holder. All rights reserved.

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