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Canon EOS 1D Mark II

1D2
Review Date: Oct 18, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $3,150.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: IMHO, the best overall camera available now
Cons:
$$$$ weight

Full Frame cameras IMHO are overrated now because we dont have good wide angle lens for them. You spend $$$ on a camera only to have your top of the line lenses underperforming at the corners...

The 1D mkII is therefore the best tool overall. The 1.3x crop means that the best mid range zoom lens, the 24-70L is very very useable and you get Top of the line AF, Weatherproofing, 100% viewfinder and all the trimmings.

You can literally shoot anything with this camera. This is THE sports photographer camera and sports photography is one of the most demanding photography on equipment...

With this camera, you become the weakest link in your photo-taking machine... i have yet to even touch 10% of what this camera can do...


 
Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM

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Review Date: Oct 18, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $965.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Great lens... but boring... it is afterall a normal wider zoom... but it is the best in its class and frankly speaking the 2.8 and close focusing is very valuable to me. Also i like the reverse telescoping front element as it means at 24mm, the hood is very short while at 70mm, the front element is deeply recessed in the hood so you get maximum hood protection
Cons:
Expensive.. but aint all good lens expensive??

Amazing lens... sharp and very very fast for a normal zoom lens. Give that 3D pop to images that you cannot find in other lenses...

 
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM

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Review Date: Aug 23, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,500.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Define the 1/focal rule of physics in photography
Cons:
Big and Expensive

I think the other stuff has been mentioned to death but let me point out the most amazing thing about this lens.... it defines the law of physics of photography.

If you look at the prime lens in the 70-200 range, only the 85mm and 135 are one stop faster. With IS you can go up to 3 stops "faster" meaning that you have "faster" lens than any of the primes out there. And it comes with additional DOF so you get a photo that has more DOF.

Also, this is a brainless lens. Set it to 1/125 and just fire away. Do not need to think about anything else. Makes low light concert photography a blast. I pair it with a 85/1.8 and I am also ready for 90% of the low light shoots i encounter where i cannot use a flash..

One thing i hate is that the switched on the lens are too sensitive. In particular the IS on/off switch and the AF/MF switich.. other than that... this is one lens where you can have your cake n eat it


 
Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM

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Review Date: Dec 15, 2004 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $600.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Great Build Quality, Perfect Focal Range for a 1.6x body. Relatively Cheap
Cons:
Slow F4.0 aperature but the 16-35/2.8 cost way more

The 17-40L has to be the best performance/price in the canon line-up.

If you are using a 1.6x Camera and take the following kind of photos, this len is perfect:

General "sight-seeing":
On my drebel, this is a 27-65mm lens. Which is perfect for general photography I do when I go travelling. It is wide enough to take most things and the zoom range generally capture 80% of what i shot.

Archicture:
this is one of the more decent 17mm option you have in the canon line-up

Indoor:
Though it is kinda of slow, the wide angle makes up for it. most of the time, I push the ISO or use flash

Portraits:
Together with the 85/1.8, these 2 lens cover all my portraits needs. When I need a half or full body shot, I use the 17-40L as I prefer to be close to the model to communicate with her/him. I sometime use the 17mm end to take "fish-eye" head shots for effect. The close focusing distance allows that. The 85/1.8 is used solely for head shots in my book

Being an L lens, the built quality is amazing and the AF is fast and accurate. It commands confidence in the user and I feel very confident using the lens.

Eventhough it is slow at 4.0, being an L, I dare to use it wide open and it gives me great results over my 18-55

Overall: A*