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Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM

16-35II
Review Date: Oct 24, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,449.95 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Fast WA zoom. Its what I've been missing for a very long time. It completes my zoom holy trinity with the (24-70 and 70-200 2.8L IS)
Cons:
82mm Gripe Geeze, thats huge and filters are very expensive.

Well I finally did it. I've moved from my lovechild 17-40 f4L to my beloved 16-35 2.8L II. And it was everything that I expected. I don't know how to explain it but something about the 16-35 2.8L just feels right in my hands. In my 17-40 review I mentioned how the 17-40 was only used about 10% of the time for my work and increasing. Well this lens, is actually one of my work horses for my wedding work as well as everyday stuff. I would have to say this lens is attatched to one of my bodies about 66% of the day. Its used alot for the prep shots, limo shots, detail shots, creative formal shots, and dancing at the ceremony shots.

Of course the 82mm filter size is a piss off but I live with it. Thats my only complaint.

Its nice and sharp. Although the zoom range is short to most, its very functional for my taste.

I think the 17-40 would be fine for most photographers, but I need the extra stop of speed for my work as I love to shoot using natural light. Landscape guys looking for a WA L zoom, get the 17-40 f4L and save about $800.


 
Canon Speedlite 580EX II

580exii
Review Date: May 29, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $499.99 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: solid battery door, the metal mounting plate, the mounting lock mechanism, super fast recycle (especially compared to sigma flash), and the lack of whine during recycle.
Cons:
Price

I needed something that was a little more consistent than my 2nd hand Sigma EF-500 DG Super. Up until my most recent purchase, my flash photography was heavilly based on Spray and Pray. Some pictures would be Over exposed and some Under exposed. There was never any rhyme or reason for either extreme. So I finally decided to upgrade to the 580 EX. Well I couldn't find any one that had one in stock on any of the online stores or local stores. what I did find was a brand spankin ne 580 EX II. I quickly purchased it from a local store, set it on auto, tossed it on my Custom Bracket, and ran off to my first (main shooter) wedding.

Result:

This thing delivered. I was amazed at how consistent it was. It seemed like it was made to be fitted with the 5D. Every picture I took with it, the exposure was dead on accurate. The colors were beautiful and the picture was bright. Every group photo picture was awesome and well exposed. At first, I was like most and said I couldn't see myself paying $500 for this flash. But after the results, It may have been most impactful purchase that I've made since purchasing my 5D.

I'm not familiar with the 580 EX I, but a few things that stood out to me about this flash is the solid battery door, the metal mounting plate, the mounting lock mechanism, super fast recycle (especially compared to sigma flash), and the lack of whine during recycle.

As usual not the most technical review, but a real life hands on, tried and tested reveiw. And I'm a happy customer.


 
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM

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Review Date: Mar 30, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,699.99 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: IS, 2.8, versatile focal range.
Cons:
People say price and weight, but its worth the price and weight is expected.

A man in a brown truck just dropped my copy of the 70-200 2.8L IS yesterday morning. So my reveiw is based on my thought right out of the box.


Before opening the box I did notice the weight of the package was comprable to the weight of my 5D and grip when delivered. I ripped open the box and snapped the lens on and raised it to a clock on the wall.

Click, Spool, Smile...

So far I'm impressed with this lens. Because of its size, I have to keep it on the body while stored away in my bag. It takes the place of my 135L. I can still see my self using the 135 for portrait sessions and work with models. But for now the 70-200 will be my work horse for wedding work. I'll be giving it a work out tomorrow at a event that I'm shooting.

Because of its size and color, It will probably intimidate people a bit and make me a bit more noticable. I experienced this when I had the 70-200 f4L and I would imagine that it would be a similar experience with this one.

I actually took my kids to the park and had this lens on the 5D as I shot them from afar. Another dad approached me and said, "now thats a camera, are you a photographer?" I said no and smiled. He then asked me to shoot a meeting he had that night. THAT NIGHT! I declined because of prior engagements but I basically got hired for a job based off this lens alone. lol.

This is a great lens, the time it took me to save for it was well worth it. I'd purchase this thing again in a heart beat.


 
Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM

ef135mmf_2l_1_
Review Date: Feb 19, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $900.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Feels perfect on my 5D. It feels like it was made just for that body.
Cons:
I want IS on all my lenses but I can live with out it.

I knew I would get this lens one day and the day has come. As soon as my bank account read that it was ready to purchase, I placed my order at B&H right away. That was a couple of days ago.

A couple hundred exposures later, I had to re-arrange my bag to have this lens on the 5D full time. It replaces my 70-200 F4L as my Full time lens. Now it sits off to the side of the bag.

I'm not a techy photographer and I'm not a pixel peeper. So I don't have any thing to say about CA, purple flares and any of that. What I can say, as I scroll through the pictures on my 5D, I couldn't be happier with the outcome. Not a fuzzy picture to speak of.

I had already made the decision to Purchase all L lenses and this lens makes it hard to look back to non-L glass. As others said, Stop thinking about the purchase and just buy the thing.