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This review is from: Tamron SP AF10-24mm F/3.5-4.5 Di-II LD Aspherical (IF) Lens For Canon
Pros: Inexpensive lens (compared to Canon) that can give you a view of the world that you won't get with ANY of the kit lenses. This is a wide angle lens without the "fisheye" view (might want to confirm that with the fishes). When using this lens with a dSLR that takes video the perspective is truly a "look" you will not see in many videos.
Cons: It's not a Canon lens and therefore doesn't have the software that Canon provides with it's lenses that corrects for any barrel or pincushion distortion. Nor will the Canon software correct any chromatic abberation for this lens as it does for most of Canon's lenses. There are 3rd party software companies that will do these corrections but they are not included in the cost of the lens.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Canon 2805B002 Speedlite 430EX II Flash
Pros: Put this on a compatible Canon camera and it does much of the work for you.
Cons: It works and does what it says it would. Of course I wish that it worked the way the Canon Speedlite 580x EX II for about one tenth the price (or better yet, FREE) but then that would make me a liberal - which I am not.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Great video. Great stills. Great in low light, great in medium light, great in great light. Lots of lens choices from Canon and elsewhere.
So easy even a Caveman can use it. So sophisticated even a photography snob can use it.
Cons: 18-135mm Zoom Lens is NOT a varifocal. It will not maintain focus while zooming. This is fine for stills (which is what this camera is designed for) but for video you will have to zoom and then focus.
I know this was probably a controversy 20 years ago but I still feel a need to complain that my old Canon FD lenses will not work properly (even with an adaptor) on the EOS system.
Other Thoughts: I've been away from SLR technology for almost 20 years. My last SLR was a Canon A-1. The lenses back most "modern" lenses were vari focal. The new lenses aren't and there's a reason for that. Today we have auto focus - so lens designers don't care if a lens stays focus while you zoom since the moment you snap the picture the auto focus will, well, focus.
I also bought a 60D for my son for Christmas so he can pursue his interest in video production and photography.