So my 550D is finally here. It's an amazing bit of kit. I'd already collected a bunch of great lenses like a 50mm f1.8 Zeiss Pentacon prime, a 50mm f2.2 Pentax-M Prime and several Chinon Zooms from the 80s. All of these lenses outclass the included stock lens by a long way. I had to use a Dremmel to modify them as well as an adapter ring...but it was well worth it. I've been doing some tests and i can't quite believe the footage this thing is able to capture. I even shot in the dark with just a lamp-post for lighting.... with the f2.2 prime this was no problem.
Here's some stills i took while getting to know the camera:
As you can see, the bokeh is great and the overall image 'feel' is so very different from any DV or HDV stills you might have seen. The skin tone and details are amazing.
The mattebox, rails and other bits have also started to arrive, so i'll get building and post some more pics and more thorough review soon.