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Canon EOS 1D Mark III

Review Date: Feb 17, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $4,200.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Super fast and accurate auto focus even in almost complete darkness, beautiful colour accurate LCD that's viewable even in bright daylight, extremely low noise at any ISO, near perfect exposure metering, micro adjustment for auto focus, MY MENU, silver hotshoe, build and ergonomics, 14 bit goodness make files more editable, best dynamic range of any DSLR, wonderful colour rendition, extremely customizable menus, and on and on
no more 2 button AF on back (like the MK2), but I don't believe any other brand has this either

Superb, beats almost every camera out there in almost every respect, save for the 1DS MKIII. This high serial, blue dot, camera was $1500 less than the cheapest D3 price I could find so it was a no brainer.
This camera has made me happier than any other DSLR I've used.
It makes the Nikons that I've tried feel like toys.
I highly recommend it!

Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM

Review Date: Feb 13, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,000.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Beautiful bokeh, sharp at all apertures, weather sealed, fast/accurate/silent autofocus, better optically and built than the new nikon 24-70

This lens has prime image quality written all over it, the bokeh is smooth and creamy, and it's sharp at all apertures. Focus is silent, fast and accurate.

I've compared 100% images taken with the new, much more expensive nikon 24-70, and my copy whips it for image quality! Not bad for a lens that costs 50% less. I also had a chance to hold the new nikon, and it felt cheap by comparison to the L. Personal preference I suppose. (the nikons apparently have some focus and distortion problems).


Canon EOS 1D Mark II N

Review Date: Dec 13, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $3,000.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: AF speed and accuracy, feature customization, big bright viewfinder

This is the best sports DSLR in the world, and probably second only to the 1DS MKII as best complete DSLR.

Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L USM

Review Date: Jun 4, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: Beutiful colour and contrast. Sharp even wide open. Great build, fast and silent AF. Perfect size and weight matched with 20D

After reading so many mixed reviews about this lens, I decided to buy one used (but almost new).
I was blown away, right from the first image. This is the sharpest wide/normal angle lens I've ever used.
The colour and contrast are as good as the magnificent 135L, and it's as sharp as you can expect for a wide angle.
I highly recommend this lens.

Canon EF 28mm f/1.8 USM

Review Date: Apr 19, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $399.00 | Rating: 8 

Pros: Excellent build. Great size and weight. AF is super quiet, fast and accurate. Beautiful contrast, colour, and bokeh. Decent sharpness and a great focal length on 1.6x digital. Very close focusing distance. Fairly good flare resistance.
A little bit expensive. Slight green/red fringing (chromatic abberation) occurs sometimes in extreme circumstances. Lens Hood is an extra.

I've been wanting a "normal" angle lens for my 20D for a while, and I did a lot of research before buying this lens.
It's only competitors were the Canon 28/2.8, 35/2.0 and Sigma 28/1.8 (couldnt wait for the upcoming Sigma 30/1.4).
he Sigma was out of the running because of too many negative reviews. That left the other two Canons. The price for the 28/2.8 was attractive, but I feel it is too slow for a prime lens at F2.8. Also, I plan on using this focal length a lot, so I want a well built, quiet lens. So, that ruled out the 35/2.0 as everybody said that lens is NOISY. Also, both those lenses have 5 blade apertures which can give lousy bokeh.

On paper, the Canon 28/1.8 was perfect with it's higher quality build, USM auto focus which is completely silent and fast, and full-time manual focusing. Many users say this lens isn't sharp so that had me worried. Well, after using for a week, I must say I am very impressed and happy with the lens. It's almost as sharp as my 50/1.8II, but offers better contrast, colour and bokeh. Overall image quality is about the same as the 85/1.8, but SLIGHTLY softer. In fact this lens reminds me alot of the 85/1.8 because of it's build too.
I am very pleased with this lens, and I would recommend it to anybody who doesn't mind shelling out a little more money for the more robust build (vs the 28/2.8 and 35/2 lenses).

Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM

Review Date: Aug 22, 2004 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $900.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Technically flawless! Sharpest lens I've ever used. Small, light, built like a tank, and it's black. Much nicer than the big white zooms. As sharp at F2.0 as it is at F8!

I wanted a replacement for the big, white, 70-200F4L as it attracted too much attention, and wasnt fast enough for indoor, low light situations.
The 135F2L exceeded my already high expectations! It's sharper at F2 than any other lens I've seen at any aperture. Absolutely no chromatic abberation, even wide open under extreme conditions. The background blur is beautiful, and the contrast is perfect.
I've viewed images at 100% taken with the EF 1.4x EXTENDER, and there is NO quality loss. Even with the extender, the images are visbly sharper than even the 70-200F4L.
The autofocus is blazingly fast, again the best of any lens I've used.
It's almost impossible to take a bad shot with this lens.