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Canon EOS 1D Mark II

Review Date: Jan 24, 2011 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $888.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Built like a brick (good thing) Joy to use Fast auto focus Pretty good low light res Takes two types of cards...
not much other then heavier then a bag of hammers...

I got this camera about a year and a half ago from Adorama used with 35k clicks. It was in surprisingly good shape and I'm assuming a trade in. With a Canon NP-E3 new battery, I can usually shoot 500-600 shots before battery runs down. If you shoot with an "IS" lens, will drain after about 300-400 shots. Very satisfied with the build. Nice to have the AC/DC dummy battery and bypass the NP-E3 when needed. I use it for shooting symphony photos of a youth orchestra and usually shoot anywhere from 500-700 shots of three orchestras and have never had any failures. The only downside is the weight, I recently had some vertebrae fused in my neck and I have to use a monopod to shoot with it anymore. Looking at picking up a 60D or something a bit lighter. If you're looking for something cheaper to shoot sports/subjects on the move, I highly recommend it.

Tamron 17-50mm F/2.8 XR Di II LD Aspherical [IF]

Review Date: Mar 15, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $450.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Lightweight, 2.8 aperture, quick focussing, like the extra 10mm vs. the 17-40mm Canon. Photos are sharp, plus I can use all my 67mm filters from my Mamiya 645 lenses from years back.

I had the 17-40mm lens for a few years and was going to
go the route of the 16-35mm lens, but wanted something
a little less pricey. Got the 17-50mm 2.8 lens before
we went on our recent vacation. Was planning on giving
it to my daughter for her use and enjoyed it so much,
she still gets it, I ordered another one. Here is a link to
a few pix we shot with it...

Tokina 300mm f/2.8 AT-X 300 AF PRO

Review Date: Feb 28, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,375.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Quick, silk smooth focus Razor sharp pictures Tripod mount (a must have) Heavy/solid on mount
Noisy Heavy definitely need a monopod/tripod for good sharp pix

Needed a faster lens for shooting symphony pictures and had to part with my Canon 300mm f4. Stumbled across a brand new Tokina 300mm f2.8 lens for $1375 and decided to go for it as they sell for $2099 new at B&H Video. Definitely worth the dollars if you can plunk down $2500 for a Canon model if you can find one at that. Came with a 122mm filter/hood/tripod adapter/case. The tripod mount is solid while mounted on a monopod. This lens is very sharp down to f2.8. I've only owned this lens for a short period but so far I'm very impressed with it. The pix seem to match the performance of my Canon 300mm f4. Here is a photo I shot from the other day with this 300mm.
I am very happy with the lens so far and will update this review as time goes by with some updates.

Canon EF 28-70mm f/2.8L USM

Review Date: Apr 14, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $850.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Ultra sharp pix Nice wide-medium tele zoom Fast f2.8 lens Solid feel

I purchased this lens after careful review and have not been disappointed at all. This is a gem of a lens. If you can find one in good condition, it would be an excellent buy. I couldnt afford the 24-70mm, so opted to go with this lens.
The pictures are razor sharp and not much is lost on a
1D digital 1.3x.

This was definitely a welcome addition to my bag and along
with a 17-40mm and a 70-200mm lens, rounds out the bag

Would definitely recommend this lens in a heartbeat.

Canon EOS D30

Review Date: Mar 30, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

Pros: Digital SLR using the EOS lens system line. Long battery life with the Big Ed 3 battery pack. Sharp jpg files for a 3.3 megapixel camera.
Slow autofocus (likes to hunt)

All things considered, this is a fun camera to use. The
pix that come out of it are really pretty good. I've
enlarged to 11x14 without to much problems. Going beyond
that is a definite challenge. If you buy one, purchase
the BG-ED3 battery grip. You can shoot for a couple of
hours and swap batteries out and keep shooting for more...
I upgraded to the EOS 10D not long after purchasing the
D30, but all-in-all, I was as pleased with my results on the
D30 as I was with the 10D. At Christmas, I upgraded to a
1D and as expected, it's leaps and bounds over the 10D and
the D30. But in a pinch, if I was just taking a portrait or
some fun shots, the D30 would work just fine.

Canon EOS 1D

Review Date: Feb 9, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,800.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Quick focus, 8 FPS, A sports/action photographers dream... Built like a tank and a joy to use...
As far as I'm concerned, there's not much. The banding issue can be addressed with the new software...

I started out with an EOS D30, moved onto a EOS 10D, and
finally decided to go for the 1D. I wish I would have made the jump a few years back. What a camera! It is a joy to use and focuses much faster than anything else I've used.
And the 8 FPS is awesome. I am very happy with this camera.