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Canon Speedlite 580EX II

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Review Date: Aug 15, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $450.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: weather sealing the thing most likely to electrocute us! new locking shoe design is very nice. much improved battery door. custom function access on the Mark III.
Cons:
500 bucks?!?!? why are we still using AA batteries? why does the case not accommodate a stofen box, or have a belt loop? that stuff and....ME WANT MORE POWER!!!

Well done, but not perfect. exposure seems very good most of the time. i love the way it seals the shoe of a mark III, and the new flash cord. it's nice to get detailed custom function settings, and overall exposure setting through the Mark III speedlite menu.

The most impressive thing to me so far is it's MINIMUM exposure control in E-TTL II, meaning it's ability to properly expose a subject within 4 feet, AT ISO 1000, WITH A 50 1.2L WIDE OPEN! now that's just crazy! Nice feature when you take portrait outside, and suddenly a big nasty storm is about to dump on you! hmmm, reschedule before my clien has two-a-day practices next week, or get it done in the near darkness of the coming monsoon? Five minutes, and this flash for fill is all i need!

now for what makes me scratch my head: AA batteries? i don't even like AA lithium batteries. i have plenty of AA NiMh's, but they are useless to change on the fly. a 511A slot, with optional AA adapter (BG-E3 anyone?) would make me uber happy! one pleasant side effect of a 511A might be the ability to get potato masher power out of it. hmmm, Could be a L series flash!

why do they give it such a useless case. i can't do a thing with it! make it slightly longer, maybe a battery pocket, and a belt clip (swivel cell phone style) or kill it altogether. a fill tube wouldn't be bad either.


 
Tokina 12-24mm f/4 AT-X 124 AF PRO DX SD

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Review Date: Aug 14, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $550.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: sharpness, build, sharpness, usefull shade, sharpness, 3 year warranty. IT FITS ANY EOS MOUNT! Did i mention sharpness?
Cons:
it doesn't say "canon" on it, or have a red ring. it's over 1/3 of the cost of a 16-35 2.8L II. Okay! no USM, and c'mon Tokina, can a brother get a weather seal?

This is the ONLY superwide zoom I have tested/owned on a canon body that has been worth keeping. It's sharp to the edges at 5.6 and beyond, with just a hint of vignieting at 4.5. At 5.6 you can photograph large groups without a worry. the lens will mount on a mark III, cover the full frame at 15mm, and NOT distort like a freak, or pick up flare like a 16-35 we all know. I even found it kinda fun to use on a 5D,with the shade, WITH the vignetting!
I owned the 17-35 2.8L. Not good enough! I owned the 17-40 4L. Even worse! Don't even get me started about either 16-35 2.8, or the Tamron 11-18! When I get PAID to get the shot, I can depend on this fatboy!