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Canon EOS 5D

Review Date: Jun 10, 2010 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,700.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: Great color, particularly good skin tone. Good clean shots, file size is just about right.
In many situations focus is limited to the center point. Lots of focus-recompose with this camera. But I am used to that now and it's not such a big deal.

I have been using the 5D since it came out. I have probably shot a half million shots with my various 5D bodies. It's a really great camera. I do mostly people photography and I prefer the skin tones that I get out of the 5D over the 5D MKII.

This camera is a classic. It may be outdated on the 'newest-bestest' scale but it will always take great pictures

Canon EOS 1D Mark III

Review Date: Jun 4, 2010 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $2,800.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: Fast accurate focus, excellent image quality, fast, fast, fast
Not much comes to mind

I last used a 1D shortly after the original 1D was introduced. I sold that when the 5D was introducted and have been using 5Ds and more recently a 5DMKII. The 5D and 5DMKII are exceptional cameras. The only thing lacking with the 5Ds is top notch focus ability. I have put the 1DMKIII through some typical use and I really like this camera. It is much more robust than the 5D series, focus is so much faster, very accurate, and the image quality is extremely good.

I give the camera a 9 rather than a 10 in overall rating because the 1DMKIII, like all of the canon systems, still has a inconsistent flash system. I've been using Canon ETTL for a long time, and I have learned to live with it, but it could be much better.

Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM

Review Date: Aug 19, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,400.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Very sharp, great life like color, great control of depth of field. Very well built
I guess I would have preferred to buy it for $199.99 instead of $1400. Other than that, no complaints. I have had none of the focus issues I have read about.

I have had the lens for a few weeks now and used it for portrait sessions. 50 mm is not a focal length I have used much in the past but it produces interesting and high quality results. It's just a whole different look than 135 mm and it takes a whole different approach to shoot a subject at 50 mm. I like what I am getting. It is very usable wide open but stepped down it seems a couple notches better than the 50 1.4 or the 24-105, both of which I have used.

Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM

Review Date: Dec 23, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,200.00 | Rating: 8 

Pros: Good focal range for weddings, sharp, decent bokeh, it has become my main wedding and event lens.
Wish it was a 2.8!

Mine is one of the first models but I have never experienced any of the flare problems posted about this lens. Basically this lens has replaced my 24-70 as my main wedding lens. It gets me some shots that I could not have gotten with the 24-70 and the IS makes up somewhat for the loss of the F 2.8.

I don't like to be switching lenses when doing weddings and this lens gives me the best range vs performance of the various canon lenses I have used.

Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L USM

Review Date: May 24, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,400.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Sharp, wonderful color, fantastic portrait lens when used with 20D
My only negative comment would be that I wish it would zoom. But then it would not be what it is! So I have no negatives whatsoever. It's wannaful!

I bought this lens to try for outdoor portraits. It has become my favorite lens. When faced with portrait situations I LOOK FOR WAYS to make this lens fit the situation. The color is great, the bokeh is fantastic, and it is my favorite lens. The only problem is that, if used in fast action situations, you need to be prepared to zoom with your feet at times. I like the comfort of zoom lenses. But this one is certainly well worth the extra effort of giving up the zoom.