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Canon EOS 1D Mark III

Review Date: May 26, 2010 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: Canon's top of the line algorithoms, superb IQ, confidence in knowing I will consistently produce in any shooting situation.

I recently acquired two mkIII systems. After owning the original 1d a while back, I knew I would never be happy until I was shooting with the 1d series. I put down the 1d mkI due to lack of modern tech and acquired the 40d which is more than capable in terms of image quality. However I longed for the focus reliability when it comes to using the outer points, the 40d was lacking in that area. I also wanted a crisper, clearer file, which is hard to describe but if you have ever shot with canons pro bodies vs the xxd line, then you possibly have an idea of what I am trying to say. I am not referring to noise, the 40d produces remarkably usable 3200iso files for me, and my leisure shooting with the mkIII's at iso 6400 shows me that I will not have to hesitate to use it when shooting for a client in concerts or a wedding if necessary.

The mkIII is the 40d on steroids and while I will continue to use my 40d's along side the mkIII's, when it comes to situations where I have to choose one or the other, it will without doubt be the mkIII.

It is an all around upgrade and will continue to be a top performer in my opinion for years to come. I probably won't feel the need to upgrade for at least 2 to 3 or more years. I simply don't have to have the latest technology to think I can get the job done. The mkIII is more than enough body for my style of shooting.

Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM

Review Date: Dec 31, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $900.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Sharp, solid, sexy.

After a calibration, then moving to 1d focus I have fallen in love with this lens. When I first aquired it, it was nothing to brag about, in fact I whined about it alot. It could'nt seem to get accurate shots if my subject was more than 10ft away. I was using a 20d and the two just did not get along. Sent it in to be calibrated and still not steller. But then I began shooting with the old 1d mkI and this lens came to life. I mean prime like life. If I stop it down, forget about it.

I planned on either trading it away or selling it, but never did, now I never will. I use it for portraits and close range stuff, 70mm is not long enough for me, in fact that would be my only gripe, but then I would'nt need the 70-200. But if it were longer it would definately get more use.

If you get a good one you have something.

Canon EF 300mm f/4L IS USM

Review Date: Nov 7, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $595.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Instantanious focus, Excellent color and contrast, and won't mention sharpness and clarity
You tell me

I have the non Is version. I don't see how this lens can be this good. If the accalaids that the 2.8 version gets is better than this I guess I will have to own one one day.

I can not believe how good this lens is. I shoot with the 1d mk I and I am just blown away by this combo. I have hand held it at 1/40 shutter in iso 1600 conditions, and I must say I was pleasantly surprised, now would IS been useful, no doubt.

I just can not speak highly enough of this old dinasour. It has quickly become my favorite. I had planned on making this one of my last have to have lens, after a 35L, but when I saw it on buy and sell I had to jump. So the 35 will have to wait. I have a 24-70L that will get the job done in the meantime.

If you need a little more than 200mm You can't go wrong with a 300 f4, be it with or without IS,(if you have good technique I should say). Mine will be a starter in my line up anyday.

Canon EOS 1D

Review Date: Nov 7, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $625.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: Strong af, Excellent color saturation, contrast and clarity.
battery life, everything else doesnt matter after I see how it performs.

These old T-Rex's are a joy to shoot with. I have two of em! I moved from 10d to 20d to 1d. When I switched from 10d to 20d the files just had a blah appeal to them. Don't get me wrong, they are good but they just dont have that same effect the 10d and the 1d have. I am at awe that 4mp and 7yr technology are giving me these qualities. I am a raw shooter and now that I am getting these machines tweaked to my liking, I can see my self shooting jpeg a lot more, the files out of cam are smokin. I can play with them to spice em up a little, and that is only in tricky lighting.

The noise at high iso is there, but if I over expose it aint much, and its a much different noise then the 20d.

I wont even mention auto focus. It is that good. I will say that it bought my lack luster 24-70L that had been calibrated none the less to LIFE! I was going to trade it or sell it to get the 35L. Not now, I will keep it and get the 35L in addition to it to round out my natural low light set ups.

I dont even pay attention to the small lcd, short battery, or any other short comings due to its age when I start downloading its files.

I know the II, IIn and III are much better in all areas, but man am I glad I decided to try the 1d as my intro to the 1d league. Put it this way, when I can move up in class it will only be to get better high iso performance, but I assure you I will still have my two 1d's for when the light is good!

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

Review Date: Oct 21, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $570.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Viberant color reproduction, Sharp,fast,accurate auto focus. Very nice construction, with very modern looking appearance.
not the lens fault but it is designed for 1.6/1.5 crop sensors. ON a 1.3 is is only usable on the latter part of the zoom range.

I initially bought this lens for use on 1.6 crop cams, and it performs superbly. When I first viewed images I had to look twice because the sky was so saturated and the greens from trees and grass also that it reminded me of the effect from a circular polarizer. Then I followed one of my little ones while she did summersaults in AI servo. WOW! The lens did not miss a beat. I can see this one for wide shots on one of my 1d on the sidelines.

Speaking of on 1.3 crop sensors, anything under 15mm'ish shows where the glass does not cover the entire sensor, the corners and sides are vignetted out. But from 15-16 I basically have a ultra wide prime. Which will be used for what I had in mind when I set out to get this lens, which is interior scenes during weddings and functions. I wish I had this lens when I shot my first wedding, the church was so beautiful but the shortest lens I had at the time was my 24-70L which could not capture the entire scene.

To bad that I am a tight framer when shooting, and I have not gotten the landscape bug yet, cause this gem will not get its fair share of action. But I can see some city scapes in its future.

If you are in the market for a ultra wide. Look no further.