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Nikon D800E

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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.
Cons:
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

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

 
Pros: IQ is excellent. Sharper than Canon equivalent. Solid build.
Cons:
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

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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
Cons:
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

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

 
Pros: IQ, colour&contrast, IS, focal range
Cons:
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

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

 
Pros: Sharp, great IQ, colour and contrast. Fast
Cons:
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.