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Canon EOS 1D Mark II

1D2
Review Date: Aug 9, 2004 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $4,500.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Truly a pro camera, solid feel and mechanics. No separate vertical control grip to keep tightening. Amazingly fast autofocus and FPS (not to mention how many photos you can take in a burst). CMOS sensor produces great images and saves on power.
Cons:
Takes multiple fingers to make most settings! Not too big of a deal, really.

I'm a motorsports photog and had previously owned/used the D30 and 10D. Never switched to the 1D as I was really hooked on the look a CMOS sensor gives. 1DS was both too expensive and too slow for my needs. 1D Mk II had everything I was looking for!

Cecil Walker
Pro Motion Photo
www.ProMotionPhoto.com


 
Canon EF 28-70mm f/2.8L USM

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Review Date: Aug 9, 2004 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,200.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Sharp images, good all-around zoom, works well in low-light.
Cons:
Digital SLRs with 1.6 multipliers could use a little wider angle for indoor photos. I also prefer internal focusing (spoiled by 70-200 f/2.8) as it accumulates less dust.

This was the second L lens I purchased. It really rounded out my collection of lenses for my D30 and 10D. It works even better on the 1D Mark II since it has less of a multiplication factor. Excellent all-around lens!

Cecil Walker
Pro Motion Photo
www.ProMotionPhoto.com


 
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM

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Review Date: Aug 9, 2004 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,200.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Ultrasharp, fast autofocus, works great with both 1.4x and 2x Series II teleconverters and excellent in low light!
Cons:
Lens hood is different that the non-IS 70-200mm f/2.8L lens making it impossible to use my old lens hood that already had velcro on it! (just a nit)

I had the non-IS 70-200mm f/2.8L lens before this and used it for a couple of years shooting motorsports. It was my favorite lens and I really had no intention of upgrading to the IS version. My friend talked me into selling it to him and I turned around and bought the IS version for only a couple hundred more than he gave me (it helped that I also bought a 1D Mark II at the same time!). I can't say enough on how well the image stabilization works, both in pan mode (which I use most of the time) as well as in dual mode (vertical and horizontal).

Cecil Walker
Pro Motion Photo
www.ProMotionPhoto.com