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Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM

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Review Date: Nov 27, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Build quality, IS, sharpness, results
Cons:
Not cheap

Compliments the 5D perfectly - the combination has excellent balance and covers a really useful range of focal lengths. Build quality is very good and results are excellent - sharp, good contrast, nicely saturated colours. Focus is quick and accurate, IS works a treat, easily gives the published plus 3 stops and often more. Overall, a pleasure to use and throughly recommended, providing you have an understanding bank manager!

 
Canon EOS 5D

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Review Date: Oct 13, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Excellent rendition of detail, wide angles are wide again, good dynamic range, handling, build quality, bright viewfinder, large LCD monitor.
Cons:
Sensor attracts a lot of dust, LCD monitor not bright enough, less positive action to shutter than 10D. Need to invest in larger CF cards!

Moving from a 10D I was pleased by the build quality, almost as good, and astounded by the beautiful images produced. Excellent dynamic range, much better than the 10D and rendition of detail is amazing, although you need good glass. Really enjoyable to use, although the shutter action is a little less positive than the 10D but I soon got used to it. Viewfinder is nice and bright and autofocus works well. Speed of operation, particularly start-up, is very nice coming from the 10D. The sensor seems to attract more dirt than the 10D and you only get 59 images on a 1gb CF card. Overall, an excellent camera, a joy to use and just what a landscaper like me requires.

By the way, the RAW files can be processed with ACR3.2 although it seems a bit buggy - previews and EXIF data are not always displayed in Bridge.