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Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM

ef_24-70_28u_1_
Review Date: Jun 2, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Versatility, Qaulity, Build, Color, Contrast etc.
Cons:
Price.

I have to say for a zoom lense, the 24-70 is pretty satisfying. It is even good wide open and gets even better from there. A lot of things have been said about this lense, good and bad, but my lense must be a good version! Whew!

Instaed of getting into a full review, I have included a snapshot shot with <strong>default settings on a 10D</strong>, feel free to download and see what sharpening and saturating will do to this image. 100% crop shot with the following parameters:

10D
24-70 Lense
2.8 Aperture
Zoomed to 52mm
Shutter speed 1/1500
Metering Mode - Evaluative
Parameters
Contrast Normal
Sharpness Normal
Color saturation Normal
Color tone Normal

View or Download Here (Original File, just cropped no alterations):
<a href="http://www.digitalspike.com/photos/grandpa.jpg">http://www.digitalspike.com/photos/grandpa.jpg</a>


 
Canon EOS 1D Mark II

1D2
Review Date: Jun 7, 2004 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $4,499.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Image Quality, Lower Noise, Higher Sharpening Threshhold, Speed, Autofocus Ability, Battery Life!!!!!!
Cons:
2 Button menu handling, Keep it simple Canon! But I guess all of the above items make it tolerable. :)

I received my 1D MarkII just before Labor Day Weekend! Having a 10D and moving up to the MarkII is like Driving a BMW and upgrading to a Ferrari. The handling is smooth and precise. The BMW is no slouch but when you drive that Ferrari, you feel oh so special! The speed on the MarkII sent my heart racing! It tracks like you wouldnt believe. Definately a lot more keeper shots. The Iso noise is incredible. I did some shots at Viejas Casino at night with a 24-70 lens at 2.8 with no flash and was floored at the image quality at 1000 iso.

I also tested it with action shots tracking motocross riders and was also very pleased with the results. The more I use this camera, the more excited I get. People who complain about the sharpening on the MarkII must be doing something wrong. I use C1Pro which generates incredible results when shooting in raw. I decided to test it out in jpg with a sharpening level of 3. I placed my 100-400 lense on and headed for the Zoo. What I have found with the 100-400 lense photos out of the camera is that they are slightly soft, but when shot in raw, and processed in raw they are gems waiting to happen.

On the MarkII, and jpeg... WOW! I know my 70-200 IS is definately sharp, but check out the pics below, the birds are shot with the 100-400 and the motocross was shot with the 70-200. Canon has created an incredibly wonderful Camera in the MarkII.

If you can justify the cost, shooting Nirvana awaits you.

A BIG NOTE
I used a previously unformatted CF Card that was used on my 10D and when I downloaded my MarkII images it showed over 5900 shots. I was livid. I talked with one of the owners of 17th Street Photo and Not Only was his attention on the matter exceptional, he shipped back to me the same MarkII next day and paid for the postage. The reason he sent back the same camera is Canon Contacted him and gave him the scoop on the high number on the camera issue. Here is a little bit from the email:

TIDBIT FROM CANON
> If you take a freshly-formatted card and put it into a brand-new,
> factory-fresh camera and take the first picture with that body, it will
> record as #0001. If you take another picture, it will record as 0002. So
> far, very predictable. BUT: if you now take that card out of the camera,
> and replace it with a card that has taken one or more pictures in another
> camera (even a different brand camera, like a Nikon Coolpix or whatever),
> the next shot on the brand-new camera will NOT be 0003 -- the camera will
> see the contents of the CF card, and add "1" to the highest number on the
> card. Your third picture with this factory-fresh camera could now be 5276
> or 8732 or whatever.

Take Heed and avoid what I went through!!

Hats off to 17th Street Photo, I have permanently adopted them as my lifetime camera vendor!!!!!!!!!

Enough, now here are some test shots:

http://www.digitalspike.com/photos/viejas_indian.jpg - 70-200 2.8/iso1000 no flash
http://www.digitalspike.com/photos/bird1.jpg 100-400
http://www.digitalspike.com/photos/bird2.jpg 100-400
http://www.digitalspike.com/photos/moto1.jpg 70-200
http://www.digitalspike.com/photos/moto2.jpg 70-200
http://digitalspike.com/photos/mywife.jpg 135 f2

Vroom, Vroom, VRRRRRRRRRROOOOM!