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Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8G ED NIKKOR AF-S

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Review Date: Apr 10, 2010 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,400.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Sharp !! very low flare due to excellent coatings. Did I say SHARP !
Cons:
still prefer internal zooming but overall no negatives so far

I just switched over to Nikon from 20 years of Canon 'L' use.
This lens replaced 4-5 L primes and did it WELL.
Very happy with the new Nano Nikon glass !


 
Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8G ED-IF AF-S VR

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Review Date: Mar 20, 2010 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,350.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: great construction, usual size for this style lens. VR works well.
Cons:
only used her on a 1.5x camera at the moment. She'll be on an FX camera very soon we'll see if I have the issue with softer corners and some vignetting that others speak of.

Picked this up 2nd hand.
One of my first Nikon lenses after recently switching over to Nikon after 20 years of Canon use.
My copy is Sharp as a tack and I have been very happy with it's performance so far.
Up to par if not exceeding a little bit, my old Canon L copy.
All in all. Love it and will probably step up to the VRII copy sooner than later.


 
Canon EF 28mm f/1.8 USM

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Review Date: May 16, 2004 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $270.00 | Rating: 6 

 
Pros: Fast apeture and pretty fast AF performance. color and contrast was pretty darn good too
Cons:
a bit soft wide open, but not too bad. Edges are worse, but I'm using it on mkII's so the 1.3x helps there. Build is ok.

Just picked up this lens for use in my Aquatech DV-3 water housing.
The lens is OK wide open if you're shooting things up close and fill the frame.
A few wide shots I did at 1.8 Sucked !!!!
I'll be using this baby at 5.6 or 8, so I'm not too worried, as it performed very well stopped down beyond 4ish....
Feels a bit flimsy and plasticy, but for the money I paid for it, it'll do it's job just fine.
Color and contrast were petty good.
I'm happy with the $$$ : Performance ratio....

Kurt


 
Canon EOS 1D Mark II

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Review Date: Apr 29, 2004 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $4,400.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Coming from 1D's, not a ton different, but.... See the review....Tons of good stuff.
Cons:
1/250 sync speed and Histogram is hard to read in full sun.....

AF speed increased. Hard to believe it's better than the 1D,but it is.
ETTL2 works as it should.
2 memory slots to utilize.
Better LCD with zoom capabilities.
Although, the Histogram is hard to read in Full Sun.
The left and right edge of the histo blends into the background easy.
The RAW files seem to be a bit RED to me if using AWB.
Using any other proper wb mode and the files look great.
Files are sharp and lush with the new CMOS sensor.
People saying they are soft, are nuts and not using the camera properly.
I love the new rubbery feel to the coating of the grip areas of the body.
Lens mount seems 'beefier'. Less play and more of a solid mounting.
High ISO's are clean, though the 1D was really good too.

I've opened RAW files in ACR at 6144x4069 / 16bit and they look AMAZING !!!

Love the camera. Will work great for my magazine work.

I'm sure there's more, but that's the jist of it for me...

Kurt Jones


 
Canon EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM

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Review Date: Jun 12, 2003 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $500.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: I love the size. It's sharp as a tack. Can be used with TC's (though I haven't used one on it yet). The AF is fast and responsive. Overall a great L lens, IMHO....
Cons:
The hood's a bit large. No other's that I can think of.

As I said above, this is a nice lens if you don't need the versatility of the zoom.
I like it. I don't use this focal lenth often, but when I do, I love the images it produces.