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Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 AT-X 116 PRO DX SD

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Review Date: Nov 9, 2009 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $550.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Fast, razor sharp, massive build, relatively light, works on FF
Cons:
nothing considerably big to mention

I figured out it is very good for low-light photography as well. At ISO3200 (5D2), it makes very sharp and nice looking night pictures on the city streets or indoors. I also used it in a cave where distances are frequently very short and light is low. It made very nice pictures. I prefer it before EF-S 10-22mm for its faster and constant aperture.

For a UW lens it takes some learning as the techniques to take pictures are different from the ones used with normal to tele lens. You have to frequently get very close to your subject in order to fill in the frame the way you want it. It can turn you into a nosy paparazzi before you know it. Also, you can use the resulting lens distortion in your advantage after some training. It can help you in getting different artistic or funny effects. For instance, try shooting at 1/25 while moving towards your subject. It will create the StarWars light-speed acceleration effect (or a dreamy one depending on your composition and speed).


 
Canon EOS 5D Mark II

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Review Date: Apr 20, 2009 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $2,700.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Good IQ, high ISO performance for a 21mp camera,
Cons:
Auto ISO hardly usable, DOF button sticking out too much, easily scratcheable metal finish, no built-in flash, bad AF performance both in low light and AI servo

Just for the record in case marketing mice from Canon make it to read this:

- Auto ISO can be made more intelligent. It frequently chooses lower shutter speed than lens focal length which easily blurs the picture

- Auto ISO can be made adjustable with regards to desired relative shutter speed (w.r.t. lens focal length) and aperture ranges. It's a relatively simple to handle dependency triangle of ISO, shutter speed, and aperture. Several adjustable Auto ISO tendencies, pulling the Auto ISO decision close to one or another of these variables, like better-sharpness/normal/lower-noise may do for me.

- I am surprised I seem to be the first to have an "argument" with the sticking out DOF preview button. It is very natural to trigger while holding the camera and browsing pictures. It turns the LCD off which quickly becomes annoying to the point of frustration

- AF can be better but that's already "spilt milk" unless it can be improved in a firmware upgrade

As usual, well played give & take game by Canon (others too). Never bad but also never perfect.