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Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM

Review Date: Mar 13, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: Sharp, Contrasty, Bright
Heavy, $$$

What can one say? This is an L-lens, one of Canon's best. If you have this, and the 70-200mm in your bag of tricks, you are covered from 24-200mm and can get away with most situations. I agonized over purchasing this lens for a long time - now I am glad that I did.

Canon EOS 1D Mark II

Review Date: Jun 13, 2004 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $4,400.00 | Rating: 8 

Pros: Fast, Responsive, Easy to use, Sharp
Buggy software (date bug in EVU, camera images not recognized by Windows), no functionality similar to 10D C.Fn.5.3 AF Assist/No Flash

Canon have done a great job with the hardware in this camera. The only hardware quirk I can think of is the hypersensitive vertical shutter button. Another quirk, the lack of a C.Fn. similar to C.Fn.5.3 on the 10D.

The software is another story. I am amazed at the sheer lack of quality control - it's almost as though the software division don't have any standards, or, they are lackadaisical. Quite disappointing. I think Canon should outsource software design to PhaseOne, BreezeSys or Adobe - someone qualified to write decent looking and functioning software.

I eagerly await an updated version of the firmware and software.