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

24-105lisusm
Review Date: Jun 17, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $999.00 | Rating: 8 

Pros: IS and range
Cons:
IS sucks the light out of your batteries

A good reporter like lens. Not to havy en sharp. IS to control my unwanted movements. Good range even on a Cropcamera. I have a EOS 10D and 2 300Ds with batterygrips. 24mm is still good enough to get people within the frame without loosing eyecontact ;-)

The Image Stabilizer though is a minor part of this lens, not for picture quality but for battery consumption.

Last weekend i Shot 1000 pictures with one recharge of both batteries in the grip, with a EF 17/35 F2.8. This weekend i shot again 1000 pictures an had to recharge 3 to four times, both the battries. I know i have a slow starter 10D-300D, so i leave the camera at least 8 minutes on before going to sleepmodus, but extra chargers and batteries are a must. But these should already have been on a shortlist or in your photo kit.


 
Canon EF 17-35mm f/2.8L USM

ef17_35_1_
Review Date: Jun 17, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $600.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: Almost same range as sucsessor, almost sameprice as 17/40
Cons:
No available anymore

I needed a wide angle lens with high light capacity. This because i wanted to shoot bands and DJs without a flash, to maintain the original colors. This is a truly great lens, perhaps not as good as its sucsessor 16-35, but for cropcams like my 10D/300D, it is great value. I have not yet had the pleasure of a 17-40 F4 but i think i have a better lens now for indoors en landscape photography for the same price as a 17-40.

 
Lowepro CompuTrekker AW

CompuTrekker
Review Date: May 30, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

Pros: Size, padding, extra room for laptop, weather resistant
Cons:
none yet

I started with a Lowepro Minitrekker Classic. I holds all my photo gear, with ease. A friend of mine had a Lowepro Minitrekker AW. It was a lot more expensive, had a tripod mount, and was protected by a AllWeather Cover. But wat was more interesting was that the Aw has more pocket room on the back. Although i payed 70 euro's for the mintrekker classic i did not want to spend another 150 euro's for these minor improvements over the classic. That was the main reason for buying the classic, the price. When i came on a photo seminar the where selling Computrekker AWs for 100 euro's. I could not resist. It is a Minitrekker AW with a better handle on the top. more padding on the back due to the laptop sleeve. I sold my Classic for 60 euro's. I am happy now. I can carry my whole photo kit. Put my manfrotto 055/804RC2 on the back. If the bag is on the floor it is better protected due to the laptop sleeve, and indeed a laptop can be carried as well.

The whole package is rather heavy but from taxi to hotel of from car to home it can be done and the straps are also better than thos of the Minitrekker Classic and AW. So if you do not carry all your gear it is much better situated on your back than its brother and sister.

The next generation of Loweprobags is a lot bigger, so therefore i think this is the best rucksack you can buy form Lowepro. It is a combination of the Classic and the AllWeather with more room, better padding, protections and carrying straps.

Many people like me who start with photography want a lowepro ruksack, so the start with the classic, due to the price difference with the AW. But the price difference between the AW and the computrekker is smaller, but the gain overall is better. I have had good deals and could sell my bags for a good price but i think resellers should be more biased towards this Computrekker instead of the Calssic or even the AW.


 
Lowepro Lens Case 4s


Review Date: May 30, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

Pros: very good protection. Can handle lot of lenses, with or without lenshoods, small or big like 17-35 F2.8 or 24-105 F4.
Cons:
not found yet

I have had several Lowepro bags and i always wanted lenscase or something to add. Call me a gearfreak, and yes i am ;-)

On the other hand, it is handy tot carry lenses externally for quick access or is you just need extra room for transport.

For that reason, and the combination of a Toploader 70AW, i bought a lenscase 4. I do not have a EF 70-200 F2.8 IS USM, but i do rent it a lot. Later i bought a LC4S for smaller lenses and my latest purchase was a LC3. The smaller ones will eventually appear in my house for all the other lenses, but in the mean time they protect all my lenses with i take out. The LC4 is to big for a Toploader 70AW, so a removed the straps put them on the LC3, which is full of loops but has no straps. And now de Toploader is in better balance with the LC4S. The LC4 is carried seperately by its carriing strap, or stored on a save and controlled environment.

I still believe that A Toploader and Lenscase Combinations gives you more freedom and different combinations, which a Slingshot will not. The slingshot should be bought as large as possible and sometimes it is to big, or there is no need for extra pockets etc. With a Toploader with or without Lenscases you heve more variable combinations. The downside is that i have bought a Oriontrekker to compensate for this. ;-)


 
Lowepro Lens Case 4


Review Date: May 30, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated

Pros: Great value, good protetion, and even handy as a carriying bag for softdrink bottles on the outside of your photobag, without being afraid of leakage
Cons:
To big for a Lowepro Toploader 65AW or 70AW

I have had several Lowepro bags and i always wanted lenscase or something to add. Call me a gearfreak, and yes i am ;-)

On the other hand, it is handy tot carry lenses externally for quick access or is you just need extra room for transport.

For that reason, and the combination of a Toploader 70AW, i bought a lenscase 4. I do not have a EF 70-200 F2.8 IS USM, but i do rent it a lot. Later i bought a LC4S for smaller lenses and my latest purchase was a LC3. The smaller ones will eventually appear in my house for all the other lenses, but in the mean time they protect all my lenses with i take out. The LC4 is to big for a Toploader 70AW, so a removed the straps put them on the LC3, which is full of loops but has no straps. And now de Toploader is in better balance with the LC4S. The LC4 is carried seperately by its carriing strap, or stored on a save and controlled environment.

I still believe that A Toploader and Lenscase Combinations gives you more freedom and different combinations, which a Slingshot will not. The slingshot should be bought as large as possible and sometimes it is to big, or there is no need for extra pockets etc. With a Toploader with or without Lenscases you heve more variable combinations. The downside is that i have bought a Oriontrekker to compensate for this. ;-)


 
Lowepro Lens Case 3


Review Date: May 30, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 8 

Pros: Relative cheap, great storage, good protection
Cons:
not yet found

I have had several Lowepro bags and i always wanted lenscase or something to add. Call me a gearfreak, and yes i am ;-)

On the other hand, it is handy tot carry lenses externally for quick access or is you just need extra room for transport.

For that reason, and the combination of a Toploader 70AW, i bought a lenscase 4. I do not have a EF 70-200 F2.8 IS USM, but i do rent it a lot. Later i bought a LC4S for smaller lenses and my latest purchase was a LC3. The smaller ones will eventually appear in my house for all the other lenses, but in the mean time they protect all my lenses with i take out. The LC4 is to big for a Toploader 70AW, so a removed the straps put them on the LC3, which is full of loops but has no straps. And now de Toploader is in better balance with the LC4S. The LC4 is carried seperately by its carriing strap, or stored on a save and controlled environment.

I still believe that A Toploader and Lenscase Combinations gives you more freedom and different combinations, which a Slingshot will not. The slingshot should be bought as large as possible and sometimes it is to big, or there is no need for extra pockets etc. With a Toploader with or without Lenscases you heve more variable combinations. The downside is that i have bought a Oriontrekker to compensate for this. ;-)


 
Lowepro Toploader 70 AW


Review Date: May 30, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 8 

Pros: Highely versatel, handling of a Slingshot, Minibackpack or belt holster. Many connectiosn with other Lowepro Gear
Cons:
opening rather small even for pro DSLRs with neckstrap

I have a Lowepro Computrekker AW for all my gear, and a Lowepro Oriontrekker if i want to take several lenses, and filters and a flash, combined with storage capacity for food and drinks this works well.

But there are times when je want quick acces of your gear and in different settings. A slingshot could be de answer, but is has minor variable settings, of carrying possibillities.

The Toploader is great, i have variable lenscase or i leave them at home, can carry it on my back, front, hips, on a harness etc. So together with the Computrekker and the Oriontrekker i am able to make different configurations even on a holliday, although this is not possible when flying due to the amount of bags i have to carry.

In ocmbinations with the Toploader i have a 3, 4 and 4s lens case. # 3 and 4s are most of the time attached and a 70-200 F2.8 IS USM is carried in the LC4 seperately.

Minor side of the Toploader is the opening of the Toploader. All the Toploaders are made for the same purpose but the opening is smaller on the 70 and 65 Toploader. It Would be smarter just to make them less deep. And so my EOS 300D with Batterygrip and Optechstrap needs a little pushing to get in the bag. With Toploader 75AW this was no problem, but is is to big for standard lenses and to pricy.

Excuses for my poor english ;-)