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Canon EOS 1D Mark II

1D2
Review Date: Dec 29, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,400.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Great AF. AI Servo fun to play with. Weather sealed body. Able to pair spot metering to AF points. 8.5 fps
Cons:
2" LCD. Heavy

I've always lusting over a 1D body.... something about it I just cannot explain. Canon, listen to me, don't change any curve on the body please. (I hate looking at S**y A9**)

Coming from 40D, some might say, it is a step down. 3" LCD to 2". Digic 3 to Digic 2... not to mention other features... sensor cleaning and bla..bla... but I won't turn back. The AF is unbelievable. My keeper rate is sky high now. I live in a wet tropical country. Last month, managed to do jungle trekking after overnight rain... I had a 17-40L mounted... got it a bit wet and of course some mud.... no worries... weather sealed. Guess can't feel that way with 40D and 17-55 IS... even though IQ is similar to 30D and 40D, the built and robustness are huge advantage. I shoot a lot of thing. Indoor, outdoor, sports, architecture, you name it... this thing will be with me for years to come. Now, if only I can get it to pair with 1Dsmk2. I already change all my lenses to weathersealed zoom L (17-40, 24-70, 70-200).

Cons: It is heavy... I've shot sport event with primarily 70-200 2.8L. My muscle under my armpit sore for a day or two... but hey, it was worth it... >90% keeper of over 800 shots. Every now and then, I borrow my friends 30D with 50mm 1.4 mounted and miss the portablity... but once I look back at my 1D with 24-70, there is nothing like it... for the LCD, I'm still familiarizing myself with it... I envy my friends 50D screen but they envy my 1d body...


 
Sigma 50-500mm f4-6.3 EX APO RF HSM

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Review Date: May 4, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Very useful in an outdoor function. Can't beat the huge range. Sharp if you consider the zoom.
Cons:
Same like mentioned by others. Lens can be locked only at 50mm. Lens cap impossible with petal hood

I'm using it with KM7D. Very useful since the 7D got AS. I bought it used at 50% of the new price. It is happier in a bright light condition. Sharpness and color are good but cannot compare to my 70-200 f2.8.

I've tested it twice in my son's sportsday and my daughter sports day a week after. Really useful. No need to change lens at all. The pictures at 500mm of full face kids are tact sharp. I even took a picture of a moon and it is very sharp when 100% cropped.


 
Sigma 70-200mm f2.8 EX APO IF HSM

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Review Date: May 4, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Vibrant color, Solid built, sharp, nice bokeh
Cons:
my copy is soft at f2.8 at 200mm. Looks like back focus. No problem at other length.

I'm using it with KM7D. My first brand new sigma lens. All I can say is what a lens.... Beautiful vibrant color. nice bokeh and sharp. Take beautiful portrait. I took some test shot at KL bird park and the result is enough for a newbie like me to sleep with the lens.