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Sigma 12-24mm f4.5-5.6 EX DG Aspherical HSM

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Review Date: Aug 23, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: This lens has its own character. It delivers warmish images that are sharp and contrasty. Focus is silent and fast.
Cons:
bulky perhaps

I have the 14mm f/2.8 L II as well as the 35mm f/1.4 L so this lens sits between them. Yet, when I want a lens that can cover the 12 to 24mm range, I will pick this baby up.

On my 1Ds MKIII, I'm able to micro-adjust AF so I have been able to get maximum acuity out of this lens. Truly enjoyable optics.


 
Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM

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Review Date: May 5, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $2,000.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Sharp, fast focus, lightweight, resistant to flare and render nice colors
Cons:
None

After waiting what seemed like eternity for the EOS-G adapter so that I could use the Nikon 14-24mm, I decided to cancel the order as I could not get a definitive reply from the seller. It was a damn good decision because I immediately went and bought this fine lens.

I need not forego AF and yet I have a sharp and lightweight 14mm.

Really happy with this lens.


 
Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM

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Review Date: Apr 7, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,220.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Sharp at f/1.4 with buttery OOF areas. By shooting wide open, it gives me a unique look that is not possible with my other lenses. I really like the look and am currently wondering if I can expand this to the 24mm f/1.4L lens too.
Cons:
None really

I wish I had bought this lens earlier. Since I also have the 85mm f/1.2 II, I plan to now buy the 24mm f/1.4 and the 14mm f/2.8. On the 1Ds MKIII where I can use micro-adjustment to get the sharpest focus, these lenses together with the 35mm L are worth the money.

 
Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III

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Review Date: Mar 1, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $7,999.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Huge file size allows for big prints. Large viewfinder. Good balance and weight. Fast focus acquisition.
Cons:
None that I can attribute to the camera

After shooting Nikon for the past 38 years, I finally bought a Canon 5D and several lenses 2 months ago. Once I found the files to my taste, I decided to buy the 1Ds MKIII. Its has been a very satisfying journey.

There are small nuances that I would have love to borrow from Nikon but overall, I am truly blissful with my 1Ds MKIII. I was on the verge of buying a medium format back for months but now with this 21.1Mp camera, that lust has disappeared. I'm able to blow my files up to 50 inches without any degradation. It will probably enlarge further but I have not tried it.

I also find ergonomics to beas good as on the Nikon D2 series.

If there is any disappointment it lies with Canon's range of wide angle lenses, especially good wide primes. At the moment I have resorted to using 25mm Zeiss Distagon with an adaptor. I may have to buy a 21mm Distagon but I really want wide Canon AF primes in the 14 to 24 mm range to be of better design. Even my Nikon 28mm f/1.4 works beautifully on this camera.


 
Nikon 85mm f/2.8 PC Micro-Nikkor

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Review Date: Feb 2, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $900.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Sharp lens with good resolving power. Focal length give good working distance in the studio, especially when using a shooting table.
Cons:
None that I can think of.

I used to shoot with 4" x 5" cameras: Sinasr P2, Horseman LF, VH and a Wisner. Now I can avoid using these very cumbersome equipment and still produce good product images.

When the D2X arrives, I'm sure I'll be thrilled to death since the combo of 12.4 MP body with this lens will yield image quality very close to those from 4 x 5 transparencies.

If you shoot small products, I would recommend you take a close look at this lens.