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Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III

1dsmk3
Review Date: Apr 25, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $6,500.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: IQ, build, weather-proofing, autofocus, dust reduction, lens-specific focus compensation
Cons:
No dedicated WB button, no ISO 6400+, PRICE!

Unbelievable image quality. Solid, rugged build. Weather-proofing everywhere. Ultra-fast autofocus. Overall, the camera is heavier than a 5D (duh) but it actually balances out things when you have a heavy long lens. Dust reduction is a nice new feature.

Cannot select all focus points at once. No dedicated WB button and no ISO 6400+ (even though the D3 softens images at that ISO.) Two Compact Flash card slots would have been nice instead of CF and SD. Price is out of this world - for now.

Through August, Canon gives you a $100 repair voucher just for registering the camera + 20% off all repair parts.

You can't use this without being noticed. Make sure you get insurance when you travel with it. A body like this screams, "Steal me! I'm expensive."


 
Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM

ef135mmf_2l_1_
Review Date: Mar 21, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $699.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Unbelievable image quality, fast focus, good balance with 5D and 1D cameras. Great price for tack-sharp images.
Cons:
No one told me to buy it earlier!

As far as primes go, this one should be in every Canon shooter's kit. It produces some of the best images I have ever seen. Some photogs become too reliant on zoom lenses and forget to use their feet. Primes will always be twice as sharp and this lens proves it.