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Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM

Review Date: Sep 15, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,069.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Really sharp even fully open, just the right focal lenght for people photography in social settings (no headshots), amazing aperture.

Let me add myself to the long list of fans of this jewel of a lens.

My only extensive experience with large aperture has been about 10 years with the 50 f/1.4, I was used to have a little upredictability with large apertures and considered it the price to pay for shooting in low light.

With the 35 mm f/1.4 my view of large aperture shooting has changed completely. This lens is very sharp, focuses very fast and accurately and gives a very nice perspective if you don't get too close to your model's face.

I'm finding it a joy to use with my 1D MkIII, it's amazing where you can shoot using this lens and the high ISO capabilities of this camera.


Canon EOS 1D Mark III

Review Date: Jul 31, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $4,300.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Great image quality, Built like a tank, lighting fast shooting rate and AF, great high ISO, Live view is nice, micro af for lenses also good.
Having to worry about AF issues, mine seems to work fine. Slightly heavy, but nothing major.

First of all a big thank you to the guys at Fotomecánica in Mexico City who managed to smuggle my order with all the big orders from news agencies and to the guys at Canon México who supported them.

Being my first 1 series I cannot really compare it with the previous ones, but I cannot imagine a camera working any better than this.

In a way it is the ultimate point and shoot camera; of course it does not have a "green rectangle", but in some modes it would seem like it does.

I've had no problems with the AF so far, if firmware 1.1.0 is supposed to fix them then I will probably never face one.

High ISO works amazingly well, it's amazing where you can shoot with a f1.4 lens and ISO 6400.

I haven't timed the 10 FPS, but it certainly would seem like you can achieve it with this camera, it's just fast, and like I said, the AF seems more than able to cope with that rate.

What else can I say? Live view works, specially with my TS-E 24 f/3.5, great for product and still life. Micro AF adjustment also seems like a very nice option.

All in all I cannot fault this great camera, sure seems like Canon have got themselves a winner.


Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L

Review Date: Jul 8, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,069.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Wonderful lens, appears sharper than anything else if used right, built like a tank, CAN TAKE 1.4x EXTENDER!
Perhaps price, but you get what you pay for

This "little" lens is really wonderful, it really sparks creativity once you realize how much you can do with tilt and shift.

I just realized you can use it with the 1.4x Extender, which gives you a 31 mm Tilt Shift lens. With a 12 mm spacer I can get Macro 1:2 with Tilt & Shift!

If you're thinking about it go for it, no other lens can do what this little gem can!

Nikon D70s

Review Date: Jan 11, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 5 

Pros: Good value if you have Nikon equipment
No hi-speed flash sync / No vertical grip / No mirror lockup

I was looking at this camera and the Canon 350D to make the move to Digital. Reading the features I noticed the following three issues that were a definitive deal breaker.

1.- No high speed flash sync. I use fill flash on about 60% of my outdoors pictures (whenever I'm not at the magic hour). Doesn't matter that the flash sync speed is 1/250 (vs 1/200 in Canon) when you can sync up to 1/4000 in Canon!

2.- No vertical grip. Are you kidding??? How are you supposed to hold a long lens steady? Even if the Canon 350D is smaller once you add the grip it's 100% better!

3.- No mirror lockup???? I didn't make the upgrade to Digital when the Canon 300D came out because of the lack of mirror lockup (turns out it was software blocked). I wouldn't buy this camera on this issue alone. Have you tried shooting macro with and without mirror lockup? Try macro with exposure times around 1/4 of a sec and you'll be begging for mirror lockup.

If you don't have a lot of Nikon gear on your bag I don't see a reason to choose this camera.