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Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Review Date: May 24, 2012 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: - AF performance - IQ at high iso - Great LCD - 6FPS
- Price

The AF on the 5D2 seems like it was from the stone age when compared to the 5D3. I mean its fantastic and almost worth canon's asking price.

It takes a small time to adjust to the sheer number of AF points and complexity of the system, but once you are familliar with the system you'll be able to track subjects with confidence. One particular standout feature is the focus points can be set to different orientation.

Anyway, the build quality is excellent as you'd expect from canon and feels even better than the already very good 5D2.

The only gripe I have is the price considering the D800 is cheaper by a not inconsiderable amount. If it weren't for the excellent canon lenses I'd consider switching over.

Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD SP

Review Date: May 24, 2012 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 8 

Pros: - Very Sharp - Excellent VC - Good build quality
- Vignetting - A bit expensive - 82mm Fliter size

I really wanted to love the 24-70L, but I often had difficulty getting tack sharp photos without a tripod. I used to lean all over the place just to get a steady shot in low light.

I really wanted to love the 24-105L, but I often felt the speed of F4 a bit lacking. The shutter speed often dropped too low in low light situations to keep subjects still.

Anyway, here comes the tamron to save the day. The VC works fanstastic and at 2.8 and I've been able to take pictures indoors without a tripod or even thinking about finding a good place to lean against.

The build quality is quite good, not quite up to the L lenses but the zoom action is quite smooth and feels nice in hand. There's a zoom lock button, but I've had no problems with zoom creep.

Image quality is excellent. The lens is very sharp in centre and borders are good even wide open. I've heard other's comment that the bokeh is rubbish. But its quite subjective and I find it quite pleasing.

Now if only canon can make the 24-70 III IS.