So after getting burned a second time trying to get a killer deal on the Nikon D200 from shady internet dealers, I'm ready to take the bullet and buy from a reputable shop like B&H. Since they don't have the Nikon D200 in stock but have both Canon 20D and 30D, and also based on some great things I'm being told about the quality of Canon lenses, I'm leaning toward the 20D or the 30D.
As far as the lens, I'm thinking the Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Lens for most type of shooting (http://www.the-digital-picture.com/Reviews/Canon-EF-S-17-85mm-f-4-5.6-IS-USM-Lens-Review.aspx
For wakeboarding, I understand that the 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS USM Lens is amazing but it's also huge and expensive ($1700), so I started looking at some prime lenses, specifically the Canon EF 135mm f/2.0 L USM Lens (http://www.the-digital-picture.com/Reviews/Canon-EF-135mm-f-2.0-L-USM-Lens-Review.aspx
). It's less than half the price and quite a bit smaller and the 135mm focal length sounds like it'll yield the right picture area for wakeboarding:
Distance to Rider 65ft - 85ft
Yields picture area 11ft - 14ft
1. Assuming the 20D is about $200 less, would you go with the 20D or the 30D?
2. What do you think about using a prime lens for wakeboarding? If it makes sense, is 135mm the right focal length?
thanks in advance!