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Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM

Review Date: Dec 29, 2004 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $750.00 | Rating: 6 

Pros: Don't know , yet

Well, I surely hope not to upset anybody here for , although I just bought the lens
(# 9500034) I haven't tried it , yet.
But I carefully read all the comments here and , IMHO , I got the feeling that somehow it seems that Canon did not really pay the usual attention in the Quality Control Departement , so wide are the rating differences.
Greetings to all,
P.S. : I selected "good" , otherwise the post can't be submitted

Canon EOS 1D Mark II

Review Date: Dec 15, 2004 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 4 

Pros: Just the higher definition for eventual croppings
Well.....there's no comparison with the color rendition and the sharpness od the former CCD powered EOS 1 D (obviously allowing for the differences of a lower resolution).

It's a bit long story. I now eventually own the camera (# 247516) but I hade to go through six 1 D Mark II before I found an acceptable one. I do not mean to scare anybody and , besides , I am a very dedicated Canon user. But... the first I got
was focusing at "leopard spots" , i.e. : randomly distributed focused patches within
the image. I had to cover a Photokina event for "Classic Camera"magazine and I stupidly left home my backup D 20. "Quilting" and patching together an acceptable
article took TWO Photoshop's days , some profanities and a sore...back.
The second camera was shortening the accu somewhere inside....two accus flat after a total eight pics. It was a marriage and I luckily had the D 20 with me.
The third camera had it's best resolution slightly worse than a Supermarket freebie.
Unbelievable murky and smudged shoots. Canon Milano's Mr. Angelo got the willies.
The fourth and the fifth got "reasonably" sharp focus just on the right half of the frame. The details on the left half (placed on the same picture'splane) were slowly and cutely tiptoeing into blur.
The sixth , the one I now own , after some tuning, is acceptable.
The real miracle was the patience of my pro shop , the FCF in Milano, in allowing me to carry on all those checks. Anyway ...I look forward to receiving the relevant Miranda plug ins. Sorry for the long talk. Looks almost like "Ben Hur" movie.... with hints of "Carrie".

Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM

Review Date: Dec 15, 2004 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: Ability to cope with very different shooting ranges
None that I've noticed, yet.

The actual item I'm using right now is the second one. I have literally worn out the
first model. Closing down much the diaphragm doesn't help at all (obv. besides d.o.f.)
for studio still life of (relatively) flat items f=4 is my preferite.