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Canon EOS 1D Mark III

Review Date: Jul 4, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $4,050.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: First off this camera is NOT an upgrade to any previous 1-series cameras. This is a new design from the ground up. Incredible speed and AF accuracy. My first shoot was a boat race and I shot well over 3000 photos and the keeper rate was the best of ANY camera I have ever owned. I was shocked and awed!! Menu navigation and camera setup is much easier than the MKII. Menu options and user control over the camera and what it does/doesn't do is unprecedented. There is nothing close to the MKIII.
I find the grip design a bit "sharper" than my MKII. After 6 hours of shooting my had a bit tired, but I will get used to it. LCD resolution should have been increased along with the size, but again, very minor. I never judge my photos by the LCD anyway.

Incredible. Breathtaking. My first shoot with this new machine produced some of the best photos I have shot in my life. Yes, I read all the negative statements regarding the AF and was a bit nervous first time out. I found myself "chimping" much more often than I usually do.

The results are stunning. I can hardly wait to see prints from these 14-bit files! Out of over 3,000 photos there were less than 200 rejected due to focus issues. And 99% of those were attributed to me, not the camera.

One of the biggest plusses of the MKIII is the control the photographer has over the camera! Absolutely amazing. Canon really pulled out all the stops on the MKIII and answered with a camera with features we have always been asking for.

Color accuracy is stunning. Clarity, sharpness and focus accuracy is second to none.

Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM

Review Date: Jun 11, 2003 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,350.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Dual IS - Excellent build quality
Large - Heavy

It's amusing when people buy a product with specifications that are clearly laid out, and then diss the product for those specs. This is not the fastest lens on the planet. I know that, and it does incorporate the push-pull design. I have no problem with the push-pull design. If I didn't want that, I would have purchased something else. I bought this lens for shooting outdoor sports in the sun so a fast lens is not needed. Not to mention the it's coupled with my 10D which shoots extremely nice at ISO1600 so I can always make up for it there if needed.

This is a great middle-of-the-line L lens and is extremely versatile with its 100-400 range. The photos are tack sharp and the only complaint (minor as it is) is that it's large and a bit heavy. But most of the stems with the fact that I am just not used to shooting with a lens this large. If I updated this review in a month I am confident that 'con' would be removed from my list.

The build-quality of L lenses is remarkable and this lens is no different. L lenses are widely known for their build and dust resistance and I have yet to read of people having dust problems so I consider the 'dust sucking' claim to be nothing more than an old-wives tale. You could change a tire with this lens and then turn around a shoot pictures of butterflies.

A definite thumbs-up for this lens!