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Canon EOS 5D Mark II

Review Date: Jul 2, 2010 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: LCD, image size, image quality, live-view
No dedicated mirror lockup button (still)

As a landscape photographer this camera is almost made for me. Image quality after using for a short while doesn't seem to be significantly better than my 5D (although maybe it renders subtle sky tones better?) however it is worth the price of admission just to have that huge screen. Using live view with the 1/3s grid overlay and exposure simulation is a revelation I hadn't expected. And the extra pixels for printing large goes without saying. I've heard it said by other reviewers that it is currently the best DSLR for landscape photography available and I have to agree.

Canon EOS 5D

Review Date: Jul 8, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: Image quality (minimal post processing required), build, full frame etc
None really. Except maybe the MLU should be on the direct print button instead.

I won't repeat a lot of what was said before but give you my reason for purchasing. Despite a lot being said about image quality which is true, I think realistically for smaller print sizes at least the difference between 5D and say a 1D MkII or a 30D is not going to be huge. However I used film camera's for 10 years before venturing into digital and I just couldn't get used to the ridiculous compromise of having to crop the image of standard lenses and get used to different FOV's. So i bought the 5D primarily so that it would be like using a film camera and all my lenses work as they should. Go the full frame!!

Canon EF 300mm f/4L IS USM

Review Date: Jul 8, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

Pros: Build, image quality, built-in hood.

A fantastic lens. My favourite lens. SHARP images when used without an extender. With a 1.4x you need to stop down a bit and make sure your shutter speeds are high so as not to degrade quality too much. I use on a monopod mostly but handheld when needed for fast moving birds. Its obviously a little short for birding but I have had some excellent results with close range stuff. IS is great and autofocus is blinding. Close focus range makes for an almost-macro as well. Just get it!!