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Nikon 28mm AF-S NIKKOR f/1.8G

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Review Date: Nov 13, 2013 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Sharp at 2.0, great look to images wide open, accurate focus, reasonably small and light, very inexpensive for what it offers.
Cons:
Feels a little cheaply made

Wonderful lens, along with the 85 1.8G and the D800 I can walk into about any situation shooting people and deliver images that the clients love. With ease. At f/2 it delivers the goods. I've only shoot it fairly close up and pretty much wide open, because it looks great that way. I can't say anything about field curvature, infinity performance, corners, etc, as for my uses, a wide fast lens is for reportage style images. It does that in spades.

 
Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM

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Review Date: Aug 18, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Color, contrast & sharpness. Balances perfectly with 1 series body. Bokeh.
Cons:
No weather sealing, cost.

Not much to say that others already have not. I wish it was sealed so I could use it in snowstorms. Pricy but worth it. Love the size on my 1D.

Good light, a pretty girl, a 1Ds, and this. Can't get better!


 
Gitzo G1128 Mk2 Mountaineer Sport Carbon Fiber

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Review Date: Dec 28, 2004 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $375.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Light, well built, 4 sections make it more compact. Doesn't catch on pack.
Cons:
Slow to open, expensive, less sturdy than a comparible sized 3 section would be.

Excellent tripod. Purchased for primarily backpacking, but is wonderfully solid for the weight. Much more sturdy than my old Gitzo 120 (3 section same size aluminum).

If light weight and compactness are your priorities this is the tripod to buy IMHO. I checked out the 01 carbon pods, and they were just too flimsy, the cost didn't make sense to me. The 1200 series are really nice and much more sturdy, along with being quite a bit larger so wouldn't work for me. If I didn't carry it so damn much I would have gotten the 1200.


 
Canon EF 20-35mm f/3.5-4.5 USM

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Review Date: Apr 6, 2003 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $225.00 | Rating: 6 

 
Pros: Sharp stopped down, lightweight, good flare control for an inexpensive ultrawide zoom
Cons:
Build quality = Injection molded hell, Slow, limited range.

I am using this lens on a 10D and am not too impressed. This mostly has to do with the crop factor, making a fairly dull, slow 32-55 with mediocre performance wide open. This is a range where I am used to using fast primes, and I feel very limited with the slow speed.

Stopped down on a tripod the lens is pretty nice. For a film camera this would probably make a great inexpensive landscape wide lens. Flare seems well controlled.