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

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Review Date: Mar 1, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Sharpness, build quality, handling, IS
Cons:
None

A true pro lens in every respect.

At f/2.8 it is very sharp, from f/4 onwards it is simply unbelieveable! The details that this lens can resolve when mounted on a decent tripod/head will take your breath away.

The IS is certainly very useful and very effective in a zoom of this focal length. It results in a lot more keepers than would normally be possible handheld.

Build quality is second to none, I have owned Nikon's 70-200 VR and both lenses are of equal build quality (and performance!). The Canon lens is certainly more attention grabbing though with its white colour.

The lens handles well with a nice zoom action, although you may need to rotate the tripod collar up to the top of the lens to hold it comfortably.

Overall this is a superb piece of kit that will repay the investment with lots of superb (sharp) images. Highly reccomended!


 
Canon EOS 1D Mark II N

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Review Date: Feb 26, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Handling, build, image quality
Cons:
None

Like its predescessor the 1D Mark II, the Mark II N is a camera that inspires confidence in all areas. From the moment you first pick it up you know this is a professional tool that will allow the skilled photographer to do just about anything with it. The features of this camera will blow you away, it makes 20D and even 5D look so basic when you compare the specs. The camera handles like a dream and it is so incredibly fast, not just the fps, but the shutter response is awesome, it really makes you notice the shutter lag on other cameras.

Unless you need the full frame 1Ds mark II then this is still the body to go for if you are a serious photographer. You will not be dissapointed.


 
Canon EOS 20D

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Review Date: Feb 18, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Excellent image quality, autofocus
Cons:
Controls, battery grip, viewfinder, menus, handling

I have a love hate relationship with the 20D, it is a camera that frustrates me a great deal, yet it consistently delivers superb quality images.

I use EOS 1D class DLSR's for the majority of my professional work, and a 20D for personal and recreational photography. Coming from a 1D class camera I am used to a 100% viewfinder, the 20D has somewhere around 95% which makes a real difference when you compose shots accurately and then find something distracting has crept into the edge of your frame that you didn't see in the viewfinder. I know that this may not be important to a lot of people but it annoys the heck out of me!

The cameras battery grip is useful but not very secure, if you mount it on a tripod with the battery grip fitted the whole thing will actually vibrate if you tap the camera with your finger - not very good for slow shutter speed work! Much better to mount the tripod to the camera base, not the battery grip. Then we have the mirror lock up, tucked away in the depths of the custom function menu - what were Canon thinking!

Overall the handling doesn't feel that great, and I find I constantly have to remove the camera from my eye to adjust settings which can't be seen in the viewfinder. The autofocus however is very good.

In conclusion, I may have a lot of complaints about this camera, but I still continue to use it, mainly because of the superb images that it can produce.


 
Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM

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Review Date: Jan 31, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Build quality, image quality, handling - everything you would expect from a L series zoom.
Cons:
None that I can think of.

Stunning lens in every respect, if you are used to pro bodies and other L series zooms it doesn't seem heavy at all. The overall feel is superb, it just oozes quality. As for the images it produces, I have used it on a 5D and 1Ds Mark II and the results are stunning, no complaints whatsoever. If you need and f/2.8 lens then this is the one, if you don't need the extra stop then seriously consider the 24-105 f/4 L IS which is also excellent - it all comes down to what you need to get the job done!


 
Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM

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Review Date: Oct 27, 2004 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Canon L quality, light weight, supremely sharp, an absolute bargain!
Cons:
none

I recently returned to Canon after 6 years as a pro Nikon user and the 70-200 f4 was the first Canon lens I purchased for my new 1D Mark II. I went for the f4 at the time because I needed a 70-200mm lens for an assignment and the f2.8 was out of stock. I have to say I was very pleasantly suprised. I had just gone from using a Nikon 70-200mm f2.8 VR ED lens on my old D1x, to a Canon 70-200 f4 non IS lens with basically no loss of quality.......

This lens is simply oustanding, no other manufacturer offers anything like it at this price level. Highly reccomended!