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Canon EOS 1D Mark III

Review Date: Jun 2, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

Pros: 10 Megapixels. 10 FPS. Typical Canon pro body build. Reasonable weight compared to 1DMkIIN. Almost noiseless at 1600 ISO.
Somewhat expensive. No battery substitute to allow you to power from an external battery.

Other than a little faster shooting speed and twenty five percent more megapixels, you won't notice a lot of difference between the MkIII and and the MkIIN. The buttons are moved around a bit and the screen is a bit bigger, but the cameras behave about the same. Under the hood they're worlds apart (two digics vs one) but the user is unaware. My MkIIN came with a battery sub unit that allows me to connect the camera to a Quantum or other external battery. There's no such piece of hardware in the box with the MkIII. I guess that's okay since the battery weighs about a pound less than the MkIIN (feels like it anyway) so the load on your neck is less. The camera overall is lighter than the MkIIN.

My MkIIN will continue to see service, but the MkIII is now my primary camera.

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

Review Date: Apr 19, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: Fast and sharp. I have some real fast, real expensive, Canon glass but this is my favorite lens. Do you have more than one of any Canon lenses?
It's a little heavy for walking around, but it's also my most often used lens.

I just bought my second copy of this lens. My wife used the first one a couple of weeks ago and assured me that I would never see it again. Outfitting one kit is expensive. Outfitting two is going to postpone my retirement a few years. This is one of those "if I could only have one lens..." lenses. I've used it for about six months and the majority of my "keepers" are shot through this lens. The best photos I've taken in my entire life have been taken using this lens. Portraits, birds, equestrian events, sporting events all shine with this piece of glass. I've used it with the TC1.4II with complete success as a 280mm f/4. I've used it with the TC2.0II on a few occasions as a 400mm f/5.6 and gotten very good results. Some claim to see some softening using the 2.0X but my tired old eyes can't see it. I am so high on this glass, I think it's the best lens ever built by any manufacturer. It's a little pricey, but you get far more than you pay for if you compare its performance and cost to other glass.

Lowepro Toploader 70 AW

Review Date: Apr 16, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 8 

Pros: It holds my camera safely and securely. Torrential rains are a non-issue with the included rain cover.
It's kind of big for a bag that essentially carries no more than a camera and flash. The front harness is useless. The shoulder strap over the neck and shoulder, with the bag somewhere on my back is perfect.

Like one of the other reviewers, I use a Toploader 75. It is one of a very few bags that will accommodate a Canon pro body or a 20D with a grip and L-bracket. When your camera body is 6.75 inches tall the number of bags at your disposal starts to drop off. I normally leave the house with an EOS 1D MkII N fitted with a Kirk Enterprises L-bracket and an EF 70-200 f/2.8 L IS lens, and a Speedlite 580EX, and that's all the bag will hold. It protects one body, one lens, and one accessory extremely well. This bag is fairly large, considering how little you can carry in it, but you will be very happy with it when the rains come. When I need to carry more than one body or multiple lenses I switch to a Tamrac Expedition 8 backpack.

Canon EOS 1D Mark II N

Review Date: Mar 1, 2006 Recommend? | Price paid: $3,999.00

Pros: This is a followup to my February 19 post about the 1D MkII N that bricked after a couple months of light duty service. Canon turned this warranty job around in about 3 weeks including time spent in the shop I bought the camera from. Admirable service, in my opinion.
I don't trust the camera. A $4000 camera that dies in two months can never be trusted. I will always look upon with suspicious eyes.

I'll still rate it a 3. It works fine now, but it worked fine for a couple of months between the first indication of a problem and the time it finally rendered itself a brick. Honestly, if I didn't have over ten thousand dollars invested in Canon glass, I would be looking at the dark side for a solution. I hope everyone that owns this camera has wonderful success with it. I will always view it with a raised eyebrow.

Canon EOS 1D Mark II N

Review Date: Feb 18, 2006 Recommend? no | Price paid: $3,999.00 | Rating: 3 

Pros: The camera is built like a tank. Image quality is outstanding. Life begins at 8.5 frames per second!
It weighs as much as a tank. It is dead.

I bought this camera in November of '05. After getting familiar with it I took it on its first shoot, documenting a parade for the small town I live in. Nothing special, just getting shots of all the big fish-small pond dignitaries, bands, etc. I made lots of images in P-mode without looking at the review, and when I loaded them up in PS I was surprised to find that some of them were way underexposed. The Exif data was crazy! f/22 at 1/8000th of a second? Being new to the camera I blew it off as an effect of the loose screw behind the viewfinder.

The camera worked flawlessly for the next two months, taking beautiful images with no exposure problems. But a couple of weeks ago it started up with the exposure problems again. In P- Tv- and Av-mode no matter what the settings, it would revert to f/22 at 1/8000th of a second. Only in M-mode where the exposure program is bypassed could I control exposure.

The 10 for build quality is reflective of the construction and seals. It gets a flat zero for interal quality.