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Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM

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Review Date: Jan 17, 2011 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Unique intimate look; Sharp @f1.4; weather sealed; solid build
Cons:
Price is a bit over the top and it does vignette from f1.4-f1.6 if you find this disturbing.

This is one great lens. It is great for low light and close quarters photography. By isolating the subject in a wide angle perspective this lens gives a unique look which cannot be obtained with a f2.8 zoom.

It has some learning curve to it, but once you get it, it really shines and deliveres beautiful images. To get the most out of it you need to get in close to your object. If this doesn't suit your style than maybe this lens is not for you and you will be better off with a 35 or 50.

Personally I think this really is meant for full frame and is a bit of a waste on 1.6 and even 1.3x bodies. It does vignette wide open but this can contribute to the intimate look it provides.


 
Canon EOS 1D Mark II N

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Review Date: Feb 22, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $4,000.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Very fast and responsive, great AF, sturdy construction, weatherproof, great image quality, high frame rate, extensive customizability, convenient crop factor
Cons:
None, except for maybe it's pricetag

I've been using the 1D mark IIn for a year now and am still delighted with it. It's a joy to use. It's so responsive that it is mostly way ahead of you. It's always ready to go, no lagtime anywhere. Since I came from the analogue 1V and 3 camera's the userinterface was easy to get accustomed to.

The sensor is "only" 8.2MP but I found that to be sufficient for 20x30" (50x75cm) prints which is the largest format I will print. For now at least :-)

The framerate is unbelievable and is in my experience not only handy when shooting sports. It has helped me get "the" shot on many occasions even when there is comparatively little movement.

The 1D mark IIn has many many custom- and personalfunctions so you can configure the camera to your heart's content. And then some.

Because of it's metal hull and it's battery design it isn't a featherweight, but neither are most of Canon's lenses for which the camera is designed. So this makes for a well balanced set-up.


 
Canon EF 300mm f/4L IS USM

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Review Date: May 14, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Imagequality, Lightweight, Sharp, Fast, IS
Cons:
The IS is a bit cloinky, but no issue really.

I bought this lens from a fellow FM-er a month ago and used it extensively since then. My main consideration was image quality combined with portability. This lens delivers in both these departments.

The 300 f4L IS focuses fast and produces sharp and colorful images without compromising portability. It's not that much bigger than the 70-200 2.8 (IS), very handholdable and the retractable hood makes it easy to take it along in the bag.

The 2.8 IS variant is a killer optically and surely will have the edge in focussing speed and AI Servo tracking, but it's mighty big which in my case would result in not-bringing it along on many occasions.

So the bottom line is that if you are looking for a 300 which is portable, produces high quality images, takes reasonably well to the 1.4x, offers the ability of low light shooting and doesnt break the bank, you really cannot go wrong with this one