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When I first saw the IX a few years ago in my local dealers window, I lusted after one, but it was about £600. Then they started selling bits of them, and I bought the body for £175 new, which is cheaper than the second hand prices some places. It had no lens, but I had a 28-200 from my eos1000fn. I like aps, because the panoramic picture are magic, and I like the information, the storage of film, ease of use and facility to take three formats. What I don't like is the price of the film and processing. I have been told by dealers, that the price hike is exactly the aim of aps, as generic 35mm processing has become too cheap for the likes of Kodak. I have tried two lenses (neither Cannon), and now have a Cosina 28-200 which covers all my needs. It is silver, so it does not look so out of place. The big deal is the picture quality. Compared to the good end compact aps, this is magic. Also you have the flexibility of an SLR. Results have been beyond my expectations, and make me almost want to give up using my little ixus. The bad news is that some of the features are quirky, like not being able to suppress flash on the general use setting, and when you go for special use settings, it it too easy to do multiple shots if you don't release the shutter. The flash is a bit weak and watery, so get another, or buy a cheap slave flash. I have fallen in love with mine. It looks a bit funny, so you will get some curious glances, especially if you have a big lens on it.
I purchased the Canon EOS IX because I had heard good things about it, and wanted a high quality camera to take pictures on my travels. The ergonomics on this camera is great. It exudes quality. I only had to read the manual for a few minutes and was able to take some great shots. I highly recommend getting the Canon 50mm prime lens (1.8II only costs around £100, but gives you much better pictures, I can assure you) with it. From my experience, I've taken sharper indoor pictures with this lens compared to other consumer grade lens like the 28-80mm Quantaray lens and the 55-200mm Canon lens (both lens are fine for outdoor pictures). I also recommend getting the Canon 380EX flash. The controls on this camera are well placed and intuitive. The weight feels just about right (not too light) which helps avoid camera shake. The stainless steel metal makes this a strong durable camera. The advantage of this camera compared to other APS cameras is that it is compatible with all the Canon EOS EF lens, can still be used as a point and shoot camera, has a quick autofocus, 2.5 frames per second, gives the user more control over the aperature, exposure and depth of field, and takes better pictures. This camera is great for anyone that thinks they'll want to take more creative photos then typical point and shoot cameras. I also like the fact that if I want to get into more advanced photography, I can buy one of the Canon 35mm SLR bodies and will still be able to use all my lens with it. Overall a superb camera, and well worth buying.