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My Canon EOS 600D Mini Review

I’ve had the chance to use a the Canon EOS 600D (AKA Rebel T3i in the US market and Kiss X5 in the Japanese market) digital SLR camera so here is my mini review for this camera. This is my third of the entry level XXXD/Rebel series camera I’ve used (My first d/SLR was the original 300D/digital Rebel back in 2004 when it was the first ‘affordable’ digital SLR camera on the market) and I also owned a 500D. The 600D is being marketed as a high end entry level/enthusiast camera in the current lineup and is positioned between the 500D and the 60D which all use the same 18 megapixel sensor.

The Body

The Canon EOS 600D sees the first change in design since the 450D where Canon used the same basic shape and layout design over the next 2 generations (500D and 550D) the 600D…

My Canon EF-S 15-85 f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Mini Review

The Canon EF-S 15-85 f/3.5-5.6 IS USM lens was released in October 2009 along with the Canon EOS 7D and is the replacement for the Canon EF-S 17-85 f/3.5-5.6 IS lens. I managed to finally find the EF-S 15-85 IS lens, so sold My 18-135 IS which I got with My 7D as a part of a kit.

The EF-S 15-85 IS lens makes a great standard zoom lens for anyone who is using a Canon APS-C camera (With EF-S lens mount) and gives crop camera shooters a lens capable of covering a wide to medium telephoto zoom range. The EF-S 15-85 IS has the equivalent focal length of a 24-135mm lens on a full framed camera, and is the EF-S equivalent to the EF 24-105 f/4 IS.

Construction

The Canon EF-S 15-85 IS is Canon’s first newly designed consumer grade lens which now features a cleaner look, and a better build qu…

Another new lens - Canon EF-S 15-85 IS

I decided to order the new Canon EF-S 15-85 IS lens after reading about it, and seeing some great results from this lens, especially when used with the 7D.

I was originally planning on getting this lens with my 7D, but I couldn’t find anyone selling the kit at the time, so I bought the 18-135 IS kit instead. While I did like the 18-135 IS lens, I miss the faster and silent Ultrasonic Autofocus motor (USM) and I also wanted something wider then 18mm (29mm equivalent). I was thinking about getting a 10-22, but I didn’t think I would really shoot that wide, and I liked the focal range of the 24-105 IS when I had my 5DMkII, I also looked at the 17-55 IS, but wasn’t that impressed with the build quality, and since I mainly shoot landscapes, I don’t really need f/2.8. I …

My Nikon D90 Mini Review

I had a Nikon D90 earlier this year but never got around to writing my mini review for the camera when I had it, so here it is now!

The Nikon D90 is Nikon’s “Enthusiast” model which fits in between the D5000 high end entry level model and the Semi pro D300 and would be the equivalent to Canon’s XXD series. The D90 was also the first d/SLR to feature video. The Nikon D90 features a 12.3 megapixel 1.5x crop sensor, and ISO range from 100-6400.

The Body

The Nikon D90, like it’s predecessors has a plastic (polycarbonate) body with a metal chassis. The build quality was very good though! Probably the best plastic bodied camera I’ve owned, and very well built. Nikon covers most of the plastic up with rubber, so it doesn’t feel plasticky, and the camera …