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Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM

ef50lusm
Review Date: Jan 10, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,400.00 | Rating: 3 

 
Pros: f1.2
Cons:
back focus, back focus,... Dis I say back focus?

Well,

first the closing: I did return this lens.
At the store, I tried 2 other copies but those were form the same batch so I did not expect anything better.

I did try this lens on 2 different 1D series bodies FF and 1.3X (1Ds MKII and 1D MKII) and the result was the same: back focusing on distances 1-3 m. Now, I do have 3 other high speed EOS lenses (24/1.4, 35/1.4, 85/1.2II) and none of those have this problem. So the statement from the previous reviewer on "accuracy" of my cameras sensors does not stand. The only lens with problem was the 50/1.2!
Sad, but I can not keep this lens at this time. Even with excellent results when manual focusing, I can not keep 50/1.2 just because those rare times when I really need critical AF (full open) ability...


 
Canon EOS 1Ds

21Ds
Review Date: Jun 2, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $2,500.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: 1D configuration, resolution, built quality, "film like" colors, price (for a used copy),...
Cons:
different menus from "Mark II" versions, LCD screen, writing speed (comparing to second generation)....

Full frame is a FULL FRAME.


I needed 3rd body for my work. My other 2 bodies are Mark IIs (both models). I have tried and handled 5D, 30D,... "sorry, no like"... After 1D body, everything is toy like... Main issue is that I could not digest different buttons on 5D. Long story short, I decided to get a second hand 1Ds. I found one here on FM in immaculate condition. And it was cheaper than a (new) 5D...

The camera clearly shows that this (was) is first generation 1Ds. There are visible upgrades on MKII, but even with all that this camera is still (almost) perfect tool. Most of my shoots I do at 100 ISO, so noise at higher ISO is not an issue for me. LCD is a joke comparing to newer cameras, but I am not one of those guys who keep "image review" on all the time. Just remember people how you used to shoot in late 20th century: film camera anybody?
I find the file size to be in the perfect middle between 1D MKII and 1Ds MKII. Yes, some of the stock agencies I work for do not accept file size in this range, but still I have other camera for that.

I expect to use this "old fart" for a few years together with other DSLRs....


 
Nikon 17-35mm f/2.8D ED-IF AF-S

1960NAS_180
Review Date: Jun 30, 2003 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,200.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Great quality, good finish, soooo wide (on 35mm)
Cons:
(small) vighnetting @ 17mm with PL filter.

This lens replaced my old 20-35mm after I tried to fix it (at Nikon Canada) with no success. It just was not sharp...
Now, 17-35 is a gem!