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Nikon D810

Review Date: Jul 4, 2016 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: IQ is brilliant, I was going to list off stuff that is really good, but ... this is the best camera I've owned and then some. I always need to own the best gear and for many years I'm not looking for something better
Nothing of consequence - thats the truth.

I do events, portraits, and products, mostly music related. landscapes for fun. This camera covers all that and more. I use it as second camera on video shoots.

I'm one of those who insists on the top gear, with everything !
And this camera is it for me. I have very little lust for anything else, and for first time in years I have no desire to look at alternatives/better. I'll probably replace my Sony video camera long before I look for other Nikons.

This is the best camera I've ever had, and I'm using it more than any previous camera. In the last two years I've shot double the shutter count of any other two years shooting.

Looking several years ahead, I may need to upgrade my video rig and I may need a better second camera on video shoots - but that is If But and Maybe, and how many years away !

Nikon D800E

Review Date: Oct 23, 2014 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: Superb IQ and DR. It exposes sloppy techniques - which made me pay attention and improve.
It exposes sloppy techniques.

This is a superb camera. It is the best tool ever for at least 85% of my photo needs. My pro gigs are Portraits, Music Events, Musical Instrument Shots, and Landscapes. I also do music videos and I've been using the 800e on those, mostly as a second video camera.

On one video shoot I lost my main sound source for a sequence, and the 800e sound from an external videomic was good enough to save the day.

The photo shop where I bought it advised me to watch my technique, and to always double my safe hand-held shutter speed. This was good advise. There is such good detail in the shots you will notice blur more when you enlarge.

The file sizes are big, and yes, I did invest in new PC and back-up drives, but those upgrades were coming anyway.

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

Review Date: Feb 5, 2014 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: IQ is excellent. Sharper than Canon equivalent. Solid build.
Bit heavier than I like. Lacks VR

I've shot Canon for 30+ years so this first experience with a Nikon lens was a welcome surprise. It exceeded my high expectations based on online reviews.

Although it is a little heavy it balances nicely on the D800e. IQ is stellar and I believe a bit better than Canon. Did I mention sharpness ?

Overall I am delighted with this lens, and find myself lazy about switching to an alternative lens until I have no choice.

Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM

Review Date: Jun 16, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: excellent IQ from f4, IS noticeably better than other lenses, fixed length
price, remembering to toggle the focus limiter switch, nothing significant

All the positives in other reviews are true. The IQ is impressive, colours contrast bokeh etc.
Maybe I would not use 'lightening fast' to describe focus speed, its not an issue, mostly just me forgetting to toggle the focus limiter switch.
The IS is as good as advertised and is noticeably better than the previous generation of IS. So far it has saved me from the limitations of F4 in situations where I had concerns.
Although advertised as lightweight, I would consider this lens as average rather than light.
All in all a really excellent lens.

Canon EF-S 17-55 f/2.8 IS USM

Review Date: Mar 13, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: IQ, colour&contrast, IS, focal range
Price, EFs, no hood

I considered quite a few other lens before buying this. The focal range was the deciding factor. This covers 80% of my work. Build quality is OK for me - I'm very carefull with gear. f2.8 + IS + 17/55 is perfect. The 55 range is a useful bonus over 35 or 40 and the IS is much more usefull than I expected. IQ is up to L standards. EFS was a concern but the IQ is so good I'll keep a body for this lens in the longterm.

Canon EF 50mm f/1.8

Review Date: Mar 6, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $150.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Sharp, great IQ, colour and contrast. Fast
Nothing worth mentioning

One of the best lens I've ever used. I'm reluctant to take it off the 400D. So, AF takes 0.5 seconds and the motor is audible, and yes it did hunt when I tried shots by candlelight. Any shot not perfect was muggins fault, not the lens. Believe me, you'll live with the minor limitations when you see the results.