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Canon EOS 5D

Review Date: Mar 31, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $2,900.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: high ISO, size, image quality, build quality, handling, no crop factor
cf card door, no weather seals, nose smears screen, on/off button location, manual focus not easy with screen

i absolutely love this camera. i think since i got it i have left it at home maybe 1 or 2 days. great size, great handling, but the real reason i bought this over the D200 is the amazing image quality, even at high ISO. i have pictures taken at ISO 1600 which look like they were taken at ISO 200 (others show some noise; it is clearly dependent on something).

the 5D balances really well with the lenses i have (17-40L, 24-105L, 70-300DO, 100 macro), is relatively quiet for an SLR, easy to operate, and on and on. i have hardly anything negative to say about this camera. the minor points above are really nitpicking.

if you don't expect (or even want) 1-series build quality and weather sealing (and weight), this is the best SLR in the world. worth every euro and more.

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

Review Date: Mar 13, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $900.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: sharp, fast AF, good balance with 5D, awesome IS.
no reasonable complaints.

i bought this lens in a kit with a 5D, so the price is an estimate.

i love this lens! i have taken so many shots with this and the 5D which i could not have gotten with another lens like the 24-70 (i don't do sports) or a 1Ds, with its less good high ISO. in a dark museum, i have taken sharp pictures at speeds as low as 1 second, by leaning on things, holding my breath and relying on the IS.

it is sharp (within reason), has great balance and a solid feel, and everything about it works well. my one less positive experience was focusing trouble in a dark zoo with a polarizer on, but these are pretty tough conditions, and i got the pictures anyway, so i didn't deduct any points for that.

this lens is the perfect walk-about lens for the 5D. the only reason i didn't want to give it 10s is that somewhere out there is a better Leica lens... then again, that leica lens will cost triple, won't have IS, and will be 35-70, so this lens deserves the 10 overall. for what it is, i don't think it could be significantly better. just make sure you got a sharp copy. test test test, tripod, MLU, high shutter speeds, until you know it is sharp. then enjoy.