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Canon EOS 1D Mark II

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
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

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.
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

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

Pros: Vibrant color, Solid built, sharp, nice bokeh
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.