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Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III

Review Date: May 28, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

Pros: Resolution & Build.
Viewfinder misalignment problem.

I've seen many a magazine review knock the 1Ds 3 for its average out-of-the-camera JPEGs, but why the hell would you shoot JPEG-only with a camera like the 1Ds?!

I've found the 1Ds' RAW files to really sing once converted in Lightroom & CS3, and having bought a Nikon D3 at the same time as the 1Ds, kept the Canon through much preferring its files.

This camera has been perfect, but for the viewfinder misalignment problem. See:

You can see the 1.3 degree tilt of the horizon in this shot:

That Canon released its premium camera with such a fault is astonishing, especially given the problems experienced with the 1D mk 3.

Now that this issue has been rectified - I used Lehmanns Direct to repair mine - the camera is a pleasure to use once more.

My only other problem is that the camera really highlights and deficiencies of your lenses. Where previously my 17-40L was found to be 'good', on the 1Ds it is mush, especially in the corners. Chromatic aberration especially can be very pronounced.
When will Canon release an excellent wide angle lens? The mk2 versions of the 14L and 16-35L definitely are not it. I'm personally looking to buy a Nikon 14-24 and have it adapted to fit the Canon.

In all I can highly recommended the 1Ds mark III, and am very glad to have bought mine.

Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM

Review Date: May 13, 2008 Recommend? | Price paid: Not Indicated

Pros: Bokeh heaven, sharp as a tack, wonderful colour and contrast.
Weight, slow focus, minimum focus distance.

Already owning a 135L I bought my first 85L mkII last year. It was a quality lens, but I eventually sold it through lack of use, and through me thinking the cheaper - and just as sharp 135L - would cover any need I had for the 85.

As always happens, as soon as I sold it I began to need it again for portraiture projects. The creamy bokeh of the 85L cannot be replicated, and so I once again had my debit card jumping out of my wallet and into the camera stores arms.

A truly excellent lens - one which Nikon have yet to come close to comparing - and definitely a 'keeper'. On the 1Ds mkIII it is astoundingly good, and exceptionally well balanced.

Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM

Review Date: Oct 29, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: Dreamy bokeh. Can focus in near darkness. Excellent hood design.
Heavy. Expensive. Relatively slow to focus.

This was my dream lens - the lens I'd always admired but had never purchased. With the arrival of the mkII, and the promise of a faster focussing lens, I just had to have one.

It's heavy, it's expensive, it's relatively slow to focus, but does it produce the results!!

Highly recommended.

Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM

Review Date: Oct 29, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: Sharp at f1.4. Relatively compact. Extremely well built. Provides excellent results.
Quite expensive.

Probably my favourite lens.

Not a lot to say, other than buy one if you can!

Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM

Review Date: Oct 29, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: Bokeh, speed, bokeh, sharpness & bokeh.
I wish the hood was the same design as that of the 85L as it's very difficult to remove the lens cap once on.

This lens has given me astoundingly good results, and is a pleasure to use.

I do not believe there to be a faster focussing telephoto lens in Canon's stable, and definitely not one as sharp as the 135L (yes, including the 300 2.8!).

Even more impressive is the bokeh. The bokeh from this lens is something else, and has to be seen to be believed.

All in all and excellent lens, and highly highly recommended!