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Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM

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Review Date: Dec 3, 2012 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $2,249.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: sharp,sharp,sharp!Quick AF,light weight
Cons:
cost,no IS

I was extremely skeptical of this lens originally,especially when I found out it didnt have IS..I even bought a Tamron 24-70 which I thought was excellent but it kept gnawing at me to try the Canon especially after some outstanding reviews.I sold my Tamron and bought the Canon and couldnt be happier....the weight is much better than the original Canon...the AF is lightening fast and IQ is right up there with the 70-200 IS which is the best zoom lens I have ever used!My only complaint is the lack of IS which does disappoint me but I will have to live with that...the cost?prohibitive but I guess you have to pay to play!...great lens!

 
Canon EOS 1D X

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Review Date: Sep 3, 2012 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $6,500.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Incredibly fast,Fantastic low light AF,fantastic High ISO performance,!D build quality,FF
Cons:
weight,cost

I have only had the camera for a very short time but in a nutshell to me it is a 5D3 on steroids....everything good about the 5D3 is a little better on the 1DX...AF is a little faster,low light performance is a little better...high ISO performance is a little better....add it all up and you have a beast..my lenses seem more accurate and a bit faster to focus with the 1DX....best camera I have had the pleasure of using..my guess is the longer i use it the more magical qualities i will find!

 
Sigma 85mm F1.4 EX DG HSM

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Review Date: Aug 30, 2012 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $779.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: build,AF speed,sharp,fair price
Cons:
none to speak of

I have not been a big fan of Sigma lenses until I tried this lens.I bought an outstanding copy from a trusted member here and have been very impressed.The lens is extremely sharp wide open and focuses faster than the great Canon 85L...I suppose those who got copies with focus problems might disagree but I think this is an outstanding value lens.If Sigma could do away with the consistency issues they seem to have from lens to lens I think they might well make inroads into the market on a greater scale.That said,if you get a good copy of this lens it is a big winner!

 
Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM Pancake

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Review Date: Jul 2, 2012 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $199.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: tiny,sharp,quick
Cons:
2.8

How often do you buy a Canon lens for 199 dollars and feel you have bought a quality product?I have all kinds of L lenses and yet i love this little lens.It is a little hard to get used to its appearance on my 1D4 and 5D3 but it is sharp and quick to focus and a pleasure to use...my only complaint is the 2.8 but I guess thats the price you pay for the size and cost!Highly recommended!

 
Canon EOS 1D Mark IV

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Review Date: Jun 12, 2012 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Fast,great IQ,great AF,great high ISO,build
Cons:
I would normally say price but I bought it used!

I currently own both the 1d4 and the 5D3...the combo is perfect for me.I owned the 1D3 earlier and liked it but was always a little concerned about the AF issues...with the 1D4 I am confident of AF in all situations and the high ISO performance is outstanding!The increase in MP is a positive as well...the 1D4 has all the attributes of the 1 series and is a great versatile tool for photographers needing to be able to shoot sports as well as portraits etc.....since this may well be the last 1.3 crop body canon makes I am glad I got one now....

 
Canon EOS 5D Mark III

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Review Date: Apr 21, 2012 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $3,499.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: terrific AF,Great lowlight ability,great high ISO especially at extreme ISO levels,build quality,excellent image quality
Cons:
price,would like the AF points to remain lit

I was a big fan of the 5D2 but 3 years later this is a worthy upgrade...the AF is head and shoulders better,the low light sensitivity and high ISO levels are outstanding and image quality remains top notch.Would I have liked it to have been a bit cheaper?Yes,but I can say that about most every piece of tech gear I buy sadly.All in all a great upgrade!

 
Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM

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Review Date: Dec 4, 2011 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: outstanding IQ,quick AF,light,relatively small,great build quality
Cons:
price,focus ring arrangement

I have been on the fence concerning this lens for some time but I finally decided to take the plunge when I got the chance to buy a second hand copy.I must say i am very impressed.The lens fits a niche for me,a long range telephoto lens that is not only sharp and quick to focus but also extremely easy to carry around due to its size and weight......a winner !

 
Canon EOS 7D

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Review Date: Aug 9, 2010 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: build,viewfinder,AF,noise levels,IQ
Cons:
none that stand out

I must admit I have been shocked as to how good this camera actually is....I have always thought of 1.6 crop cameras as second cameras with tons of compromises but this is the first crop camera I really like..the build quality is outstanding...the AF system is first rate and having 18MP on a 1.6 crop really allows you to shoot without resorting to 1.4 or 2.0 extenders......I have owned all versions of the 1 series and currently own the 5D MKII and this camera holds its own....it isnt a 1 series and of course there are compromises but it is good enough in all aspects as to make it a camera a pro could and would use....well done!

 
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM

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Review Date: Mar 31, 2010 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $2,465.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: sharp wide open and throughout!improved IS,quicker focus...same great build
Cons:
price and size

I traded up from my version 1 and couldnt be happier...yes,the lens is expensive but canon has really got a winner on their hands with this lens.In the past I always regarded zoom lenses as problematic when shooting wide open but no longer...at 2.8 this lens as damn close to prime quality and the IS is fantastic....still big and heavy but what can you do about that?there is always the 4.0 version for those wanting to carry the smaller and lighter lens....I look forward to the 24-70 upgrade now as well!

 
Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM

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Review Date: Oct 25, 2009 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,049.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: sharp,quick AF,terrific IS,better build quality
Cons:
price

this is a terrific lens...tack sharp with very quick focus and fantastic IS..it is a bit pricey but for me the iS makes all the difference in the world.

 
Canon EOS 5D Mark II

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Review Date: Jan 15, 2009 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $2,650.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: beautiful image quality,great high ISO performance,great LCD,better battery life..video is interesting feature
Cons:
AF is excellent but could have been made better

outstanding camera....huge improvement over the already excellent 5D

 
Canon EOS 50D

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Review Date: Oct 23, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: fantastic LCD,15MP ,live view,snappy and accurate AF
Cons:
High ISO pretty much on par with 40D

Excellent upgrade to the 40D,image quality is top notch...the improved LCD alone is worth the upgrade....

 
Canon EOS 1D Mark III

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Review Date: Apr 13, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $4,300.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Build quality,speed,IQ,low light focus,high ISO performance,battery life,improved layout compared to markII,terrific IQ
Cons:
the whole soap opera with the servo AF issue

I decided to wait to review the markIII because of all of the turmoil regarding the servo AF and because I wanted to make sure I was describing a unit that had the sub mirror fix along with the firmware fix.....for background let me state that i did not experience the problems spoken of before the fix and have had no problems to speak of since.I have owned the markII and currently own the 40d as well as the 5d....the markIII is the best camera I have owned without question and the only criticism I might put forth is that the price given the market today is probably a bit too high...that said,I do recognize that if one had gotten a unit that didnt function properly I understnd that they would not feel quite the same way...I can only comment upon my personal experience.I also do beleive that the markIII has become the most scrutinized camera ever and as a result will probably always have a stigma attached to it...

 
Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM

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Review Date: Jan 17, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,749.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: the lens is tack sharp at 1.2 which allows me to get shots at jazz clubs and concerts i cant get with other lens...out of this world bokeh...great build quality..simply a marvelous lens and a fair bit faster focusing than version 1 which i used to own
Cons:
cost,size,relatively slow AF

I sold my 85L version 1 to get this newer version as soons as i saw the price drop to a more reasonable level...i loved the version 1 and this one is even better...faster AF and the very same razor sharp wide open performance...expensive but like everything else you get what you pay for...highly recommended

 
Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM

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Review Date: Oct 27, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,200.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Image quality build size IS
Cons:
price

I received this new version of the old favorite and in my limited testing and use i am very pleased.I owned the non IS version for years and loved it but the chance to upgrade a classic to a 4 stop IS version was too much for me to pass up.This new lens seems to have kept all of the positives of the old version....sharpness,size,build quality,fast auto focus and now add a terrific IS system which really works as stated.If you own or owned the original you will love the new IS version...well,everything but the price!...that said if you can justify the price i think you will be very happy...the perfect travel lens

 
Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM

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Review Date: Jul 14, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: i had this lens previously and liked the convenience and the quality of the build as well as the IS but i found it soft at the long end...my new copy solves that problem and is a gem...sharp throughout with all of the assets this lens brings to the table...imagine covering 100-400 with a sharp lens that has IS
Cons:
slow,heavy



 

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