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Canon EOS 1D Mark III

1DmkIII
Review Date: Apr 7, 2010 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $2,000.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: No more bulky grips Amazing AF for moving object Battery life (wow) Lots of customizable functionnalities 1.3x nice to have for longer lenses when you already got another FF Fast (120 frames/seconds) File not too heavy because only 10Mp Built like a rock
Cons:
Considering the new Mark4, would have loved to be 12mp because too close from the 1DII (8Mp) and far from the 1DIV (16Mp) No videos Noise after 3200 iso

After owning several FF like 5D and 5DII, wanted to try something faster and more professional... Got that one with a good price, and I am still amazed by its speed to focus, and to track moving subjects. Even the 85L I became very fast, even in low lite. Although I will keep my 5Ds for portrait, this one is becoming my walkaround. Perfect match with the my 85L and my 70-200L 2.8 for bokeh and IQ...
To make it short, even coming from the 5DII, this one is impressive... Will be perfect as a couple with the 5DII with eveything which is missing in the MarkIII from the MarkIV (low lite noise, big files and video) and which is into the 5DII. So I highly recommand it to anyone who already own a 5DII !


 
Canon EOS 5D Mark II

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Review Date: May 20, 2009 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $2,400.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: 21MP, New menu with full of new functions, Lens calibration ability, video, etc...
Cons:
none for now

I have had a 20D, then a 5D, and now the 5DII. Sure, I have kept my beloved 5D as my backup... I haven't seen any difference with the 5D in studio, appart of the huge resolution perfect for cropping. But for anything else... wow... noise is much better... the lens calibration, awesome... No more need to send the lenses for calibration... The video.. useful sometimes... This was a plus on a wedding, I was choosed among several photographers because of that little plus...
The screen is really good, and when I use my old 5D, I realize how good the new one is... Everyday I discover new functionnalities in the menu... there are ton of them comparing to the old 5D. The only thing I regret is its grip which is about the same than the one on the 5D. as bulky... Look at the Nikon's... They are so integrated to the body... Canon.. please... Hire some new designers....


 
Canon Speedlite Transmitter ST-E2

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Review Date: Oct 4, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $250.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Size, options, durability and efficacity
Cons:
Why is it not included in the camera !!!!!

I got that little thing for two years now.. Pretty happy with the duration of the battery (two years), except it would have been better with rechargeable standard batteries, since mine stopped working in the middle of a session and haven't any in stock since it is a very special battery....
Only pick on the hardware... that little red thing in the front just keep falling, have to glue it....
Canon, why it is not included with your camera... shame on you....
But overall, just judging it.. it is very efficient with your flashes... Lots of channels...


 
Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM

16-35II
Review Date: Jan 24, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,100.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Lighter than the other zoom, well built, Really sharp at 2.8, and greater when close down, almost no distorsion at 16mm
Cons:
At 2.8 by very low lite, might be noiser than a prime like the 85L

I owned a Canon 10-22mm with a crop sensor, loved it but I have to sell it when I exchange my 20D for a 5D. When I first got the 16-35 II from a fellow guy from Fred Miranda, its size surprised me at first... Very light in comparizon with the others L that I have... When I tried it, I was absolutely thrilled by the IQ it produced when compared with pix taken with the 10-22mm.. Sharp at any length and aperture... The other thing I have noticed is the quasi absence of distorsion at 16mm with the 5D compared with the 10-22mm at 10 mm... At 10mm with the 10-22mm, I got funny faces because of this distorsion. I tried it with my 16-35mm II on my 5D at 16mm, and bye bye funny faces... (that's the only thing I regret about the 10-22mm). This one give you solid pictures.. Even the angle of a wall at 10mm on my 20D looked round. On the 5D, at 16mm, the angle are almost straight.... This one sit now with dignity among my small collection of L lenses I am proud of... 28-70mm 2.8L, 85mm 1.2L and the 70-200mm 2.8L.
May be I got a good copy, but I suspect that most of the people who are bitching that lens were not that lucky.
My next purchase.... mmmm .... may be the 34L or the 135L
Look they are pretty hot as well...


 
Canon EOS 5D

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Review Date: Jan 5, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $2,200.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: DOF, Viewfinder, FF, Colors, sharpness, 13 Mp, robust, iso at 1600
Cons:
None for now

Coming from the 20D, which I liked a lot, the 5D, six months ago, was a real big step ahead... I have always felt squizzed in the crop thing, and working now with the FF seems like getting a house bigger... DOF is better than in the 20D, and I presume in all the crops camera as well, and my L lenses are definitvely used in their real size format... Especially the 85 1.2L which was too short in my 20D is definitively almost my walkaround lens for my 5D. And the combinaison of both is awesome...
No mention the 70-200 2.8L which is now incredible for portrait as well... and the 28-70mm 2.8L is a winner now...
Iso 1600 is very correct, although I prefer to stay a 800 in general... And why getting 6400, when your best pix need lights anyway....
Some people seems to bitch the camera for dust magnet.. It is not more than my old 20D, and because I getting used with the sensor schwab thing, it is not as disturbing as cleaning your lenses every three months... Take just a couple of minutes, where is the big deal... Anf if you get dust in your pix at small aperture, PP is there anyway... I am not sure I will trust the new dust cleaning system. I think it decrease the life of your battery, add another potential mecanical trouble and doesn't avoid oily dust anyway.... Simple is always beautiful....
Because I am completly satisfy with the 5D, I will definitively wait for real improvement before to go ahead with its successor... Because dust cleaning, 3 inches screen, more water protection (never had a single problem with it) and even 16mp (13mp is great enough, see the new Nikon D3) will not decide me to change it. So I am really curious about what Canon is giving us soon...


 
Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L USM

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Review Date: May 3, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,290.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Creamy Bokeh, Sharpness, Luxurious feeling, accurate AF
Cons:
Weight

I have bought this lens two weeks ago on the Buy/Sell forum of this site. Since I didn't want to invest 2000 $ for the II version, I decided to go for that one. Even if I was quiet sure about the quality of the lens, I was anxious to try it after all the bad comments of the AF speed. I was even ready to use it manual in case of a slow problem. When I got it, I was first surprise of the weight, but where I was the most surprised was with the AF. Surprisingly fast, accurate, whatever was the light... I try it over and over, and each time 'point, clic', without looking for searching anything. Ok, don't try to use it one moving kids or animals.... It is done mostly for portrait... Anyway, think about it, at 1.2, it is to difficult to get focus on something with moving stuffs, anyway... Big change with the 50mm 1.4 which was always struggling with back and forth motions... And the sharpness, even at 1.2 is amazing. Irreal in full light... The more I use that lens, the more I love it. And I have never regretted a sec my choice of that lens over the II version. And saved a 1000 $....
Highly recommand that lens !


 
Canon EF 28-70mm f/2.8L USM

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Review Date: Apr 27, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,000.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Very sharp, Fast Focus, Solid
Cons:
A little bit soft wide open between 50mm and 70mm

I have bought this lens 6 months ago on ebay, mainly because of its reputation over the 24-70m. When I got it, used (without warranty), it needed obviously a calibration, so I brought it to Canon who cleaned everywhere inside, and calibrated the lens in two week time for only 80$. So I got that one as new one, thanks to the service of Canon...
Since, I use it most of the time on my 20D, and must say I don't regret my purchase for a sec... I don't really know the 24-70mm, but I can tell that lens is a killer. Very versatile, I use it on almost every situation.. Studio Portrait, Landscape, Low light situation...
It focuses very fast, strangely faster than my canon 50mm 1.4 in a very low lite situation. Of course, at 2.8, there is less ligth that at 1.4, but at least I was able to catch more movement thant with the 50mm which was struggling in most cases...
I have done extensive testing to compare it with my other lenses, and I can tell it is sharp everywhere except between F2.8 to F5 and from 50mm to 70mm. It is slightly softer then than the canon 60mm macro and the 70-200mm at 70mm. But in an over hand, in that range, it give you an artistic creamy effect that some love... So I you can get a cheap copy of that one, don't hesitate, because even if yours is not well calibrated, Canon will fix up everything like a new one for almost nothing... So I recommand that lens, which is my favorite, beside my 85L and my 70-200L
Reading the other comments, it appears that it will be even much better on a full frame... Can't wait for the successor of the 5d to be released to change my 20D and get the best of that lens......