It's 2009 and finally I am earning real money. Not that student loan money wasn't real but it was borrowed. Financial prudence wasn't my thing back then. So real money means uninhibited materialism, and a new lens had to be bought. Also, I heard about something called "image stabilization" I had to have it. So after doing some research, I bought the Canon EF 28-135 mm IS USM lens.
Like the Canon 50 mm F1.8 this lens was not made for the EOS 20Ds smaller sensor. There was a dedicated lens but it was more expensive and optically worse. But I now had the weird equivalent focal range of 45–216 mm. A bit strange for city and street photography. But I was still able to work with it, and I did enjoy the image stabilizer a lot. So much so, that this feature was a must-have for all future cameras.
I did not use this lens for long. It was big, heavy and lacked any option for wide angles. Additionally, the first mirrorless cameras were introduced and, naturally, I had to buy something new. "Gear Acquisition Syndrome" got me. I used this lens and camera from 2009 to 2011 and took (kept) 163 photos. It is not a lot.
In 2011, I sold the Canon EOS 20D with all its lenses. It became somewhat dated and I really hated carrying this thing around with me. I wanted to take photos during my commute from and to work, and this camera was just too big. Newer and smaller cameras were available. But I will always fondly remember my first "proper" camera. It was with me from 2004 to 2011 and I still have about 1600 images made with it.