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Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L

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Review Date: Dec 9, 2015 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $2,999.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: 11mm
Cons:
very heavy, no filters

In general, its simply an unbelievable piece of engineering. What a remarkable lens to work with!
Undoubtedly, cost is through the roofing, however you feel the $$ when you hold it in your hand!

Making use of the 11-24mm has actually entirely changed the way I believe about shooting large. Shots you 'd never think were possible become possible. BUT there is a discovering curve to the lens and all its curvyness! One that I am still in the middle of. It's not for everyone and not for everypurpose. For wedding photography for example you would be able to use it ony a couple of time in a day but it's very different for architecture. Its front end heavier than practically any EF lens you have actually ever shot with. But not an offer breaker at all. It really feels good if you can manage some weight.


 
Nikon 300mm f/4E PF ED VR AF-S Nikkor

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Review Date: Dec 9, 2015 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,999.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: lightweight, sharpness
Cons:
nothing so far

My copy of this lens was one of the very first S/N's to be delivered from B&H after the so-called firmware fix. The VR appears to work successfully at all shutter speeds. I have looked for a concern with the VR however can not. I am utilizing it with a D800 and 800E so obviously much faster speeds are constantly much better, but the VR seems as good as any of my other lens. I also have the 300mm 2.8 VR along with the 500mm f4 VR both which I think about to be exceptional to utilize as a contrast. The 300 f4 E PF is a very great lens, exactly what I was searching for. It's so lightweight I was surprised when I first used it. It is a really sharp lens and in my viewpoint equivalent with the 300mm f2.8 and 500mm f4. I do wild animals photography and have discovered this to be my "go to" lens as it is so simple to make use of without my tripods or even a monopod. However my shots with the big glass on the tripods are still normally better total and I think the contrast and color are much better with the 300 2.8 and 500. I have actually discovered problems with the Phase Fresnel under particular lighting conditions not just seeing the circular color ghost however have actually even observed the circular look of the Fresnel itself covering a big part of the image. Nevertheless these issues are not typical at all and Nikon alerts of this possibility. The construct quality is not as good as other professional lens of the exact same physical size like the 24-70 2.8. I can live with that for the weight cost savings. I can hike with it on my side and get a quick shot that I would miss totally with the huge glass due to set up time. Just to note its much better than the 28 -300 VR and the 70 -300 VR at 300mm. It also works well with the TC-14E III however it does take a slight hit in AF speed. I have actually not attempted the 1.7 or 2.0 on it. All in all my copy is a terrific lens. I have not sold my 2.8 and it is better in total image and construct quality. I find I am not utilizing it much at all now and will go for the 500mm when needed and I have time.

 
Nikon D7200

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Review Date: Dec 9, 2015 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,096.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: 24 megapixels
Cons:
nothing

This electronic camera is everything and more. I have not worked with it that I have required anything more for. It continues to surprise me with its simplicity of use and quality of photos. Its processor and comparing it to a lot of comparable Canon products that I have use this Nikon takes the cake and I understood there was a factor I testified Nikon. I can not praise this cam enough! I mostly use it for portraiture and wedding photography as you can see here.