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Zeiss 21mm f/2.8 Distagon T*

Review Date: Jul 28, 2012 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: Colour rendition, edge to edge sharpness even at F2.8, good close up ability....Has that Zeiss clarity.....

Canon EOS 5D Mark II

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

Pros: Great image quality, nothing comes near it, superb detail, more accurate colour rendering compared with xxD bodies. Mine touchwood has no creaks and groans and AF works well enough for what it is. The performance and image quality for the price point for a full frame make it very good value.
Non that i have found yet

Canon EOS 50D

Review Date: Oct 25, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: Good fast AF performance, accurate colour output, images sharpen up well.
Only minor niggle is the LCD screen smears easily

Good overall performance for what is an excellent do it all camera, it produces nice clear images which sharpen well; the picture styles seem A LOT better than those from the 40D which from neutral were ok but the other styles seemed unnatural.
Final image quality from 50D raws seems as good as from the 5D and a tiny bit ahead of those from the new 1Dmk111 that i returned.
This is the first xxxD body that i would happily use the small JPGs from for web display.
The only caveat i would add is that this body at 15mpx really benefits from using a top performing lens on it, cheaper kit lens,s do not do this body justice.

Canon EOS 40D

Review Date: Nov 14, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: Better AF than its predecessors, very good metering, better dynamic range, customisable options.
None for the price!

I took a chance getting the 40D after selling a 5D.
I can say after 2000 shots that the 40D is as good as, if not very slightly better as the 5D image quality in prints at A4.
The increase in dynamic range is evident on a properly calibrated monitor.
Metering is the most accurate, on any body i have used.
AF seems very fast and probably more accurate than the 5D (which i liked a lot).
The menus are easily customisable, i have c3 for sports and c2 for multiple exposure bracketting.
I am not a fan of picture styles, although i could see them appealing to many people.
In raw the neutral picture style gives a very accurate reproduction of what you are seeing whem brought in in DPP or CS3 (provided your monitor is properly calibrated!).
I have not wanted to use live view yet, but at least its there when i do.
The 6FPS is plenty for anyone other than for photo journalism.
The build quality may not be rugged enough for the Paperazi. but for the serious hobbyist photographer or for a pros back up it is plenty good enough.
Battery life is very good.
I could gripe about the plastic CF door, if i was in a real hurry to change cards, but if you are carefull handed i am sure it will last long enough.

Considering the intro price compared to what the 20D was when i bought it. the 40D can only seen to be excellent value for money.
Whilst no camera is perfect for everyone in every area the 40D is as near as it can get.

Canon EOS 5D

Review Date: Mar 16, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated

Pros: image quality, best high iso performance, awsome resolution and shadow detail.
None really apart from things said many times before (no MLU button), only 3fps.

My first impressions are that this camera is in a class of its own for overall image quality.
The low light level ablity to produce clean crisp images at high ISO,s with no noise is truly excellent.
Raw images taken in neutral mode give you what you saw through the viewfinder with very little post processing.
The improvement over the 20D files is much much greater than i expected.
Now that the UK price has dropped it has made the move to FF more justifiable.

Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM

Review Date: Jan 31, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: Significantly better than my previous 70-200 2.8 NON IS faster AF noticeably better Image quality, sharpness, contrast and colour. The IS is awsome, hanholdable down to 1/15s. Overall probably the best lens Cannon have produced!

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

Review Date: Jan 30, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: BRILLIANT WALKABOUT lens, very natural colours, nice contrast and sharpness.
none really apart from maybe the price, but then who likes parting with money!

My copy of this lens is off a new canon batch from Wharehouse Express UK (very good high volume retailer with an excellent service reputation).
I got this as an upgrade for a 28-135 IS, and that is exactly what it is, better contrast, better more natural colours and overall considerably sharper and no zoom creep when walking.

The images 'out of the box' are very natural and give a good reproduction of 'what i am seeing through the lens' without hardly any processing in raw shooter or CS2, they often look better without any default sharpening applied.
In other words the lens is doing it's job.

A word of note here i am using a 20D so maybe some of the problems reported are specific to full frame SLR'S

Overall so far after 150 test shots i am very happy with this lens to remain on my camera 90% of the time.