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Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM

EF14
Review Date: Apr 5, 2010 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Super WA for extreme situations, brilliant for small rooms where you need to show loads of stuff, great colors, very sharp.
Cons:
cost I guess is the only one, and possibly that shots this wide are very specialised - I dont use it that much.

Awesome lens for when you need something this wide.

 
Canon EOS 1D Mark III

1DmkIII
Review Date: Aug 14, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Voice recording is now instant, regardless of how many images are in the buffer, battery life, low light iso noise (or lack of), and low light focusing seems better too.
Cons:
Would have liked to be able to pick the autofocus point using the joystick.

This is a super camera. I've been using a 1dMII for over a year, and have a 5d as a second body. I'm now thinking of getting a second MIII and selling the other 2 bodies.

I've been using the voice recorder to record player numbers in field sports, and previously would have to stop shooting for up to a minute if the buffer was full on the MII to let the buffer empty before it would record. On the MIII it will record instantly. I'm getting more shots per match because of this.

The new menu system is good too. Also the "My menu" where you can put your most regular bits, and quickly access them.

At a recent wedding, I shot all my raw's on multiple CF cards, and wrote small JPG's onto an SD card that I left in there all day. So nice!

I did'nt think the large screen would make much of a difference, but I have to admit that it does. You can see the image beside the histogram way clearer, and it's much quicker to steal a glance at.

Very Very happy customer.
Merv.


 
Canon EF 400mm f/4 DO IS USM

ef400_4dois_1_
Review Date: Oct 16, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $5,100.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Size, Weight
Cons:
cost

I've only owned this lens for a few weeks, but have fallen in love with it. It's way sharper than the 35-350L, or 70-200+2x

It feels quite balanced handheld or on a monopod with a 1d.

Nice sharp images. Very pleased with it.
Merv.


 
Markins Q-Ball M10

1817
Review Date: Mar 27, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: light weight, ease of use, can adjust without taking your eye from the viewfinder, works with standard L brackets
Cons:
none yet!

I have the M-20, not the M-10 but the review seems appropriate. I am finding that framing up images is now much simpler, and much more of a pleasure than with an 3 way head (that I used to use).

I especially like the way that you can set the tension such that it will hold the camera/lens in any given position, yet it's possible to move it manually without touching the knobs. Very fine adjustment is possible, and very quick to get used to.

It has also enabled me to use L brackets (I went with the Kirk) on an EOS 1DMII and being able to flip the camera from landscape to portrait is very nice, as you can maintain the same framing!

Merv.


 
Canon EOS 1D Mark II

1D2
Review Date: Jul 29, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: I would need a bigger box!
Cons:
weight, shutter noise

wow!
This is my 4th camera ever, last one was a 350D which in the right circumstances, takes just good a picture. If you move to sports (speed), lower light levels or higher F numbers, the 1D still goes strong, autofocusing easily where the 350 could not, and shooting so fast you capture everything.

Definitly worth the money to upgrade. Just feels so much more solid.

The shutter noise is loud enough to cause a distraction at a Tennis match or Golf game. But it's worth it!