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William O.

William O.

Joined on 01/26/08

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Most Favorable Review

Great Value!

Canon EOS Rebel XS Black 10.1 MP  Digital SLR Camera w/EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens
Canon EOS Rebel XS Black 10.1 MP Digital SLR Camera w/EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens

Pros: This is the perfect DSLR for beginners looking to upgrade from a point and shoot camera. The Rebel XS is a huge step up from even the priciest point and shoot models. It has great image quality, low noise, and more features than you can count.

Cons: -Continuous shooting in RAW mode or with the flash on is about 1 fps. -Live view is totally pointless- It eats batteries faster than the built-in flash. -Unless you disable it in the menu, the camera will strobe the flash three times when focusing in a slightly dark room, irritating its occupants and ruining any chance of a good shot.

Overall Review: I get so tired of point and shoot cameras that try to imitate DSLR's (*cough* SX10 IS) Those models that advertise themselves as "SLR-Like" are total jokes. They have tiny, noisy sensors and their electronic viewfinders are no match whatsoever to the viewfinder of a real SLR camera.

Most Critical Review

For beginners only

Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III Telephoto Zoom Lens
Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III Telephoto Zoom Lens

Pros: -Price -Great zoom range- especially when paired with a cropped sensor camera like one of the rebels -The EF lens mount means it will work with every one of Canon's digital SLR's (though I cannot imagine anyone putting one of these on a 5d mark II)

Cons: -No built-in image stabilization -Relatively poor build quality -Slow, imprecise auto focus (no USM) -Front of lens rotates when zooming or focusing- a nightmare if you use circular polarizers.

Overall Review: This lens may not be the best, but it is better to have one of these than to not have a telephoto lens at all. If you can justify the cost, buy the image-stabilized USM version (around $500), or even better, get one of the white L lenses.

Good Value

ENCORE ENLWI-G(2) Wireless Adapter IEEE 802.11b/g TPCI Standard Universal Add-in card Compliant with PCI 2.0 Up to 54Mbps Wireless Data Rates
ENCORE ENLWI-G(2) Wireless Adapter IEEE 802.11b/g TPCI Standard Universal Add-in card Compliant with PCI 2.0 Up to 54Mbps Wireless Data Rates

Pros: Works with Windows Vista 64bit.

Cons: Not really.

Overall Review: Throw away the driver CD- download the drivers from ENCORE's website instead.

Strange Noises

XFX GX260NADBF GeForce GTX 260 Black Edition Core 216 896MB 448-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card
XFX GX260NADBF GeForce GTX 260 Black Edition Core 216 896MB 448-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

Pros: Even on the largest resolution monitors, this card will play almost all games at high settings- with the obvious exception being Crysis.

Cons: It makes a constant high pitch noise whenever I am running games or applications that utilize GPU's. The card still seems to work fine, and it is fairly easy to drown out the noise with a game or music.

Overall Review: This isn't really worth complaining about, but the black edition just doesn't look that good when compared to the standard-clocked version. I guess XFX spent their time on things other than aesthetics when designing this card.

Great!

DOLICA WB-3592 Black Camera Case
DOLICA WB-3592 Black Camera Case

Pros: Great case for the price.

Cons: Some people don't like fluorescent orange.

Overall Review: This case does exactly what it is designed to do- protect its contents. If you adjust the two dividers correctly, then almost any camera-lens combination will be safe and secure.

A Good Choice

SanDisk Ultra 16GB Secure Digital High-Capacity (SDHC) Flash Card Model SDSDRH-016G-A11
SanDisk Ultra 16GB Secure Digital High-Capacity (SDHC) Flash Card Model SDSDRH-016G-A11

Pros: -Large amount of space -Black-Red color scheme matches my 1000D (not that you can ever see it while it's in the camera)

Cons: You might be better off buying two 8gb cards or four 4gb cards. Trust me, trying to look through a full card for a specific picture is a headache.

Overall Review: I bought this card because both the 4gb and 8gb versions were out of stock. I thought 16gb was way more than I would ever need, but it is great to be able to shoot in RAW + JPEG all day without worrying about running out of space at the worst possible moment.