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Canon EOS 5D

Review Date: Nov 20, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: Light weight, construction, low light performance, oh, and full frame!
The two that come to mind is the same as what everyone else says....slow fps and no weather sealing

When I purchased the camera, I was replacing a 1D mkII. I only had the 1d as a walk around camera..basically my only slr. After valve replacement surgery on my heart, I decided the 1d was just too heavy a camera to carry all day at Disney. Decided on the 5D even though it has slow fps and I would have to be more careful about taking the camera outside if it were raining. I know it is not just me, but I really missed the satisfying sound of the shutter on the 1D mkII. Sure, the 5D was taking nice pictures right out of the camera, but so did the 1D mkII. I started comparing photos from both of them, and I was really liking the pictures out of the 5D better than my beloved 1D mkII. Then, it hit me like a ton of bricks halloween night. I was taking pictures of my kids at dusk with no flash and in almost total darkness with a flash. The low light performance of the 5D was amazing. I have never had a camera do any better than the 5D in low light.

So, what to do for sports or bad weather days? I went out and got a 1D, and now I have the best of all worlds. I swear the 1D is actually a better camera for fast focus, skin tone, etc., than my 1D mkII. And now, I have my weather sealing, 8 fps and the satisfying sound of the 1D shutter.

With the prices going down on both the 1D mkII and the 5D, give a long look at the 5D. I think you will find the pluses will add up to more than the 1D mkII, unless you are looking for a work out while you are taking your pictures.

Canon EOS 1D

Review Date: Jul 31, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,200.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Image quality, Sharp photos straight from the camera, build quality, focus speed....
The usual, weight, battery life, making me spend way too much money for "L" glass

Wow, now that these cameras are down near $1000, if you want to take your hobby seriously, you have to get your hands on a copy of this camera.

I bought this on FM about a year ago, and it has gone with me to Disney, the national zoo, great falls, and so on. Is it heavy, yes, but you would expect that because of the build quality. Do I miss no built in flash? Yes, but usually on the cheap built in flashes, you would get lens shadow anyway.

To paraphrase Jack Nickolson from "As Good As It Gets", if I want to say something nice to this camera, I would say, "You make me want to be a better photographer."

This camera will make you a better photographer. Paired with the 24-70mm f/2.8, and the 70-200mm f/2.8, this camera will make it very difficult to take a bad picture. Sure, I am gushing about this camera, and sure, I upgraded from my 10D, but fdollar for dollar, I can't see a better camera out there.

Happy shooting!

Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM

Review Date: May 14, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $450.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: focusing speed to die for amazing bokeh quality contruction good color and contrast very sharp focus
pictures so good you will want all your lens to be this quality...

I have had this lens for 2 years now, and I have to say, "I have found the Holy Grail of Canon Lens!"

I bought this as a beater lens, sent it to Strauss Photo in DC so they could do their magic, (dusting, cleaning and repair to filter ring), and $450 later, I have the most amazing photographic tool I have owned. I didn't truely understand what bokeh was until this lens!

I heard people talk up the quality of the IS version of this len, but I have to tell you, I can't see how that lens is any better than this version.

In reading reviews on FM and other places by users, this is the one lens no one complains about for having a bad copy. Canon, what ever you have done to make this lens, you should have the same quality control for all your "L" glass.

My only complaint is, this lens gave me "L" fever. All the sudden, I am trying to justify the purchase of my 24-70mm. For that matter, wondering why my non "L" lens would ever come out of the bag....and I'm just an average, amateur photographer.

My advise to anyone looking in this range of zoom, wait on FM buy and sell for one of these bad boys to come up for sale. Don't waste your time with other lenses that are cheaper up front. It will cost you more money, because eventually, you will want this lens!