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Canon EOS 5D Mark II

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Review Date: Jan 14, 2011 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 6 

 
Pros: Fantastic image quality, resolution, LCD display, sensor performance at high ISO.
Cons:
Archaic AF system- only the centre point is usable in all but the best lighting conditions. Flash metering is hit and miss (mostly miss). BG-E6 grip feels chunky, and not very well integrated with the camera.

After owning only 1-Series bodies, I wanted to pick up something smaller and lighter for travel, candids, etc. After reading all of the glowing reviews of the 5DII, I picked one up.

The sensor is certainly capable. The colours and detail hold up very well, with ISO6400 being very usable. Unfortunately, if you shoot anything that is moving, this is not the camera for you. The AF system is horrid, and only the centre point is adequate. The outer points are not dependable at all- especially as light levels dip.

I ended up selling it, and getting a 7D instead, and am much happier with it. While the 5DII has a one-stop advantage in noise, the 7D has a much better AF system, more accurate for tracking moving objects, and more fine tuning ability within the AF system. Combined with the built-in wireless flash transmitter, it's a fantastic backup, lightweight travel body.


 
Canon EOS 1D Mark IV

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Review Date: May 19, 2010 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $5,000.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Plenty of customization options, fantastic JPEG engine, fast & accurate AF, separate auto AF points for landscape and portrait shooting, much improved LCD (finally!), plenty of pixels, and great high ISO performance. sRAW and mRAW file sizes.
Cons:
HD video feels tacked on, and is a bit cumbersome to use.

The 1DmkIV does everything that I need it to do. It's fast, accurate, performs well at high-ISO. Offers plenty of pixels for cropping flexibility.

I don't shoot sports professionally, but I do shoot some hockey and soccer, and the AF has always been spot-on. Downloading and reading the mkIV white-paper end to end, and tweaking settings helped quite a bit.

I don't use the HD video capture, so am not qualified to comment on the quality/output, but it is a bit cumbersome to use.

Overall, the best camera I've owned to date.


 
Canon EOS 1D Mark II

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Review Date: Dec 15, 2009 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: AF speed, build quality, image quality, balances well with long/heavier lenses. An absolute bargain in the current used market.
Cons:
Ergonomics are poor compared to the Nikon pro bodies. Eyecup not secure, and is easy to lose if you're not paying attention. Canon batteries are poor, but numerous third-party options available that are much better.

After shooting Nikon for well over fifteen years, I switched over to Canon for the fast prime lenses. I love everything about the 1DmkII series, but the angles of the body. The Nikon Pro bodies fit my hand much better, and the rubber is far grippier, resulting in a more secure grip on the camera. (I hear the MkIII versions are much better).

That said, I love(!) the images out of this camera. Added a 1DmkIIn also, and use them to shoot weddings, portraits, motorsports (superbikes), and for general photography. All of my favourite images have been taken with the 1D bodies.

The files are nice and clean, and high ISO images are very usable with some noise reduction (I use the NoiseNinja plugin).

In the current used market, with these selling for @ $8-900, there is no better bargain on the photography market.


 
Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8G ED-IF AF-S VR

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Review Date: Feb 29, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,600.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Build quality, light and compact (compared to previous versions, and Canon L equivalents). Razor sharp image. Fast, accurate AF.
Cons:
None.

I tried this lens, combined with a D300, and promptly sold my Canon 1DmkII, and a bag full of L lenses, to switch back to Nikon.

It is by far the sharpest lens I have owned/used/tested. A stellar performer.


 
Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM

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Review Date: Jan 1, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $850.00 | Rating: 7 

 
Pros: good range, good AF performance in ample light outdoors, IS a bonus at long end.
Cons:
build quality not up to par (compared to 24-70L and 70-200 2.8L), horrid(!) AF performance in low light

I brought this lens along on a recent trip instead of my 24-70L (mounted on a 1DmkII), as I didn't want to bring an entire bag full of lenses. While the lighter weight is nice, the build quality feels almost flimsy in comparison to the 24-70.

Outdoors in daylight, the lens is great! The range is fantastic, and the image quality is excellent. When the sun goes down, and you have to shoot in lighting conditions that are less than ideal, this lens really disappoints. It hunted constantly for focus, even during a stage show lit up by more than a dozen stage lights.

I far prefer the build quality, and low-light AF performance of the 24-70L.


 
Tokina 28-80mm f/2.8 AT-X 280 AF PRO

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Review Date: Mar 4, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Build quality, excellent sharpness wide open between 28-50mm
Cons:
a bit soft wide open at 80mm

This lens is built like a tank. It does not extend when you zoom (which I far prefer), and the front element does not rotate - so using CPLs are a breeze.

Focus speed on a pro body is very good. It might not be AF-S/USM fast, but I've never missed a shot due to the AF not being fast enough. Plenty quick for most people.

Sharpness wide open from 28-50mm rivals my 50mm f/1.4D. It's a tiny bit soft wide open at 80mm, but is excellent again stopped down to f/4.

An excellent value for the money, and highly recommended.