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Canon EOS 5D Mark II

5DII_1_
Review Date: Jan 26, 2009 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Ease of use Post image processing(almost none!) Simplicity Weight
Cons:
Error 20 messages Lack of pop up flash

When I first got this camera after 2 months wait I was a bit dubious with all the reviews. But after a few days of work it is simply amazing. Coming from the 40d to this is a huge step. If you hate post processing then this is a camera you will love. I use aperture & the program now has nothing or very little to do! The camera reads light incredibly well. I shot a few swans on water in 2 locations & the results are so good that I will now put them in for the club exhibition in April. Also did a shadow shoot in a local forest with a relative & he now wants to buy the shot. Again almost zero post processing. Weight is great for hiking if you mix the 24-105mm with the 100-400mm lens with a decent monopod you have a great combination for a multi day trip.

For the amateur photographer this camera mixed with the anti dust tech & great sensor & lightmeter it is a great buy.

The one big negative is that when I first got the camera I got a lot of error 20 messages but these are now dying off. I have my brothers wedding to shoot next month & now I am looking forward to it.


 
Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM

24-105lisusm
Review Date: May 15, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Is it possible to have a love affair with a lens? This lens on the 40d complements my 10-22 & 100-400mm beautifully all sharing the 77mm filter size. This is the sharpest lens I have ever owned. Shot children, wildlife, landscape & buildings since I got it on Monday. It weighs perfectly. Even though it comes in at 38-160 plus on 40d you a medium telephoto on a 40d this comes in handy. Indoor shadows slight problem but thats 40ds problem. Canon makes great lenses but not so hot bodies compared to Nikon. Nikon in return at the long end not so hot zoom lens (over 300mm). People have said that this lens is not wide enough for cropped sensors but my experience is if step back a small bit you can have your wide angle or crop in Aperture. This is the definitive main lens for the 40d
Cons:
You get what you pay for



 
Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM

ef100_400l_1_
Review Date: May 15, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Very, very sharp. Shot at 400mm handheld in local wildlife park & the results at all distances over 200mm compared to 70-300mm is usm were amazing! Should have bought this ages ago
Cons:
Heavy