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Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM

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Review Date: Sep 14, 2011 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $2,700.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Build, colour, versatility, re-sale value, focal length, bokeh. This is it, the best all round lens ever made by any company. (Caveat; I have never used Leica)
Cons:
Weight, price, but then again, you knew this before you bought it, eh?

I have been through some outstanding Canon lens in my time, including 135 F2, 50 F1.2 etcetera. Forget it. Sell the lot and buy this lens. It is THE lens for portraits, sports, weddings, candids, kids, compressed landscapes. The focussing is instant, the colour is classic Canon, the bokeh is world class, the versatility is unbeatable, the build is bombproof.

Price? Yes, it's expensive, but as they say, "you get what you pay for!"


 
Canon EOS 5D Mark II

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Review Date: Feb 2, 2010 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Image quality, focussing ability, 3D effect, high ISO quality
Cons:
Clunky operation, heavy, slow frame rate, huge file sizes

I upgraded a few months from my venerable 40D, an outstanding camera in most respects. Those who criticize this camera (if they have a good copy) obviously do not know much about practical photography. The images this camera takes (coupled with a good lens) are astonishing. This can be borne by the fact that the majority of world class wedding photographers use this body alone for their photography business.

It is clunky to operate, no doubt. It is not as ergonomically pleasing as even the 7D. However, the focussing ability is simple but spot on. The colours it gives are outstanding. JPEGs straight from the box are spectacular (why shoot raw when the jpegs are this good?).

Is the D700 as good? I haven't used it, but from all accounts it most probably is, but no better. As I now have Canon glass there was no reason to seriously consider it. (Why is Nikon glass so expensive?)

In summary, I am extremely pleased with this purchase for my photography business, and have already won awards for the images it produces.

Pricing on the 5D Mkii is now very competitive. Any budding landscape/wedding/portrait photographers considering a 5DMkii? Go for it. Sell your tripod and your flashes while you're at it - you won't need them!


 
Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM

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Review Date: Dec 30, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Built to L standard throughout. Sharp at all FL. Best all round lens ever made. Focal length covers just about everything I need
Cons:
Pricey, but you get what you pay for.

I purchased this lens brand new in early December. I sold my 50mm F1.4 prime, which in itself was a wonderful lens, but the solitary focal length was hampering my particular style) of photography. (Build quality and AF speed left a little to be desired too. If I could have afforded it, I would have kept both, but as a frequent world traveller, I needed just one lens. I sold my 70-200 F2.8 and 50mm F1.4, and this lens is it.



It is sharp, colourful and, well, the ultimate all rounder. Buy it with confidence.