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Nikon D3

Review Date: Apr 7, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: Solid build, great at high ISOs, decent retail price for what it delivers

I don't own a D3 but I borrow one from work on regular occasion. I took it to a two-day indoor sporting event and it did not disappoint (though I had little need for shooting at anything above 800 ISO).

My opinion may be somewhat skewed...I've been so used to shooting with a Canon 5d that I've forgotten what it's like to shoot with a real sports part of my love for the D3 may be just because of its heavy duty frame rate. Then again, I switched from Nikon to Canon because I didn't like the D200's (and to a lesser extent, the D2H's) image quality and low-light performance...they both produced images that looked just a little cheap compared to the 5D. I used both the 5D and the D3 at this sporting event, and this time it was my Canon that I wasn't so enthusiastic about.

The focusing system worked well for trying to shoot oncoming subjects in continual motion...but I can't say it was a landmark improvement over other focusing systems...but it met my usually unrealistic expectations.

Canon EOS 5D

Review Date: Jan 5, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,500.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: Small size, professional quality; good quality at ISO 800 and above; good battery life; full frame is as useful as expected
Build quality not up to what it should be, given the price; painfully slow shooting speed at 3 fps

As a relatively beginning photographer, I got this camera on a pretty good deal. I could've survived with a 30D, but I have a tendency to shoot everything tight, so the full frame has saved me in a lot of situations. Coming from a Nikon D200, it still amazes me how much greater the image quality and light sensitivity is in the 5D. However, I was really disappointed, coming from the D200, how the 5D feels cheaply built in comparison. The hinges on the battery and card covers feel like it could snap off too easily.

I can't say I've had problems with it being a dust magnet. I've been pretty lackadaisical when changing lens and haven't noticed problems yet. I did get some light rain on this during a heavy storm yesterday and haven't had problems with it, or the L lens that I use.

Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM

Review Date: Jan 5, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,300.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Sharp images, extremely versatile, good focusing
None really, not even for the non-discount price I paid

Haven't missed a good image opportunity with this lens, in any setting, whether it be nighttime action or landscape shooting. The protusion of the lens when shooting wide angle is a bit annoying, though.