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Canon EOS 1D Mark III

1DmkIII
Review Date: Jul 6, 2007 Recommend? no | Price paid: $4,449.00 | Rating: 2 

 
Pros: Stunning high is performace. One shot is spot on.
Cons:
AF AI Servo is useless. Backfocuses 90% of the time.

A professional photographer, sportsshooter member. Shot 2 events in one shot with jpegs (a flag dedication for a fallen soldier, and a July 4th parade). Turned out absolutelly great. Repeat absolutely great in One Shot. More than 905% keeper rate. High iso performance is where this camera really excels. Better than my backup 5D. Shot a sporting event in AI Servo (Rugby Sevens Tourney in 90F temp, overcast and 80% humidity). Experienced severe back focus issues and jumpiness of AF in general. AF Servo was unable to pick up and track subject from the git go. Used automatic point selection as I always did with my MIIN. A complete waste of time and money for sports. Sent camera to Irvine to adjust and will not accept AI Servo in this condition. Serial number 501xxx.

If you are stepping up from a lesser model P&S, be careful not to be overwhelmed by the other waspects of this camera. Make sure your AF Servo works as it is advertised. Mine did not and it went back to Canon until they get it right.


 
Canon EF 200mm f/1.8L USM

ef200mmf_18l_1_
Review Date: Dec 16, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $3,000.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: low light capability
Cons:
none

If you shoot in dungeons, and are in the business to sell photos, you can not afford to be without this lens. Wrestling, gymnastics, basketball, theater are the obvious shoots where this lens excels. Leave the strobes at home and shoot ambient light with this lens. It takes a 1.4x very well and still gives razor sharpe images.