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Canon EOS 1D Mark II

Review Date: May 11, 2004 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $4,195.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: VERY fast! Focus and tracking are just about foolproof. Color is a knockout. ISO 3200, will be fine in newsprint, new noise reduction works like a charm!
Vertical release button is a bit more sensitive than the 1d, or the MkII top button for that matter, but is CAN be adjusted by Canon.

There are a few subtle differences between this camera and the original, I think much of this is due to the fact that the new one is CMOS, and the 1d was not. There are many color choices to experiment with, so far I have only had tile to try two of them, but they all seem to have their purpose. Battery life is incredible, and the added resolution isn't bad either. No problems with anything on the camera so far, so maybe I got lucky this time around. Seems like I always had at least some of the issues that appeared on the older digitals.

Sigma 120-300mm f2.8 EX DG HSM

Review Date: Jun 24, 2003 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,899.00 | Rating: 8 

Pros: Fast autofocus,(Canon mount) Good results with both 1.4 & 2x Sigma T/C's The ability to zoom down from 300 when needed,ie, sports!
Lens hood could be a bit longer

So far, I'd say the results from this lens rival what can be expected from the Canon 300/2.8, I've had two of the Canon's, but not the new model, so, can't compare that one. I just switched back from Nikon, and it's as good as what I got from their 300/2.8 AFs. I don't think it can be beat, and the price speaks for itself. If I do find any faults, I won't be shy about reporting on them. Also, it will get a workout at Brickyard and N.H.R.A. nationals. Here is a link to a professional review that I found helpfull during decision time. Hope this helps others on a budget, as I was!