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Canon EOS 10D

Review Date: Sep 10, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

Pros: Still gives excellent images even after all this time. 1.6 Crop with telephoto lens. Reasonably fast focus with L Glass.
Slow start up and small buffer are problems, but they can be worked around. 1.6 Crop with wide angle lens.

I still love my 10D!

Iíve had it for a few years now, lately as a backup body for my 1D MK II. However when I wrecked my 1.4 TC the 300 f2.8 went on the 10D body when I wanted a bit of extra range, itís never let me down yet and reminded me that in the Lens, camera, photographer equation the camera is probably the least important part!

Yes I know it doesnít focus as fast as the 1D, and the slow start up and small buffer are a touch annoying, but it still takes great pictures which is what I need a camera to do, not impress people with how many frames I can shoot in a second or the size of my sensor.

Itís not a Pro camera but has stood up to a couple of years worth of pro use without letting me down which speaks volumes for the build quality. Whilst I keep thinking I need to upgrade my backup body there is nothing out there that is so much better than this, (although the 5D has got me thinking), tht I can't find other, (much better), uses for the money.

At the prices these are going for nowadays they have to be the bargain of the decade.

Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS USM

Review Date: Sep 2, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: Pretty much everything, including vfm - no really.
Almost nothing!

This is by far and away the best lens in my collection, if Iím even close to being in a position to use it out of the bag it comes.

The majority of my work is Motorsport and the focus speed is tremendous, even on a 10D never mind my 1D Mk II. The sharpness and detail is incredible, and itís also an amazing portrait lens if you have the room and shoot wide open. I have occasionally wished for the reach of the 400 but whenever Iíve tried one it doesnít seem to give me the same percentage of keepers that the 300 does.

The 1.4 and even 2x TCís work well with it, (you can tell if youíve used the 2x but you have to really look and know what youíre looking for if itís just the 1.4x), with a little loss in focusing speed and some sharpness lost with the latter.

Hand holding isnít a problem even for a full day but then Iím not exactly a small bloke, however I do use a monopod and belt pouch to spare my back if I have the time and remember to pack them!

If I had to be very picky Iíd say that itís too easy to switch the IS off by accident, although I shot for a chunk of a day with it off and still had some stupendous shots, and er.. thatís pretty much it.

If you canít afford it Ė donít ever try one, get the 300 f4 instead itís a great lens, but this is the daddy and if you have a need for it is worth every single penny of itís asking price.