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Canon Speedlite 580EX II

Review Date: Jun 13, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: Faster recycling, less noise, improved locking mechanism,

An "upgrade" from my 580EX, the locking mechanism revision is a most welcome addition.

Noticably faster and quieter, this is what the original 580EX should have been. The upgrade to dust and water sealing in line with the 1 series cameras is also nice. Canon now offer a complete range of dust and water sealed products.

At first, I thought the removal of dedicated wireless setting buttons was going to prove bothersome but, as all can be controlled via newer EOS cameras, I'm actually finding it easier to set-up. Well done Canon!

Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III

Review Date: Jun 13, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: Full frame, resolution, tone detail

My 1D2 was a great machine but at the end of the day, the resolution is just not enough for those times when you want to crop and zoom.

The 1Ds3 is a sublime machine with acres of resolution headroom. The increase from 12 to 14 bit is also most welcome - just look at the tone control now available to you.

Those complaining about price - this camera is not meant for you. Look lower down the EOS series and you will find something suitable.

Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L USM

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

Pros: Image quality, BOKEH
Not dust and water sealed. Does not transmit distance information to camera for ETTL II flash use.

A truely remarkable lens. Out of this world BOKEH - you won't believe it until you see it. It really does open up a whole new world of photography to you.

Focus speed - fine with 1DMK2 - remember, focusing element has so much work to do.

Weight - fine. One expects a quality lens to be heavy.

As much as I like my other L series lenses, this has quickly become my favorite.