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Canon EOS 1D Mark II

1D2
Review Date: Mar 10, 2011 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: well built, great for tracking motion and sports action
Cons:
none

I shoot mostly sports (soccer and ringette [like ice hockey]) and started using the 1d series with the Mk III, upgraded to the Mk IV when it became available. I have been looking for a backup sports body and tried a 7d recently, which I did not like. Just could not get as much keepers as with the 1d Mk III or IV, focus tracking and speed in locking on to action just plain superior on the 1d's.

Recently came across a Mk II (was looking for a Mk II N) for Cdn $700 with 4700 clicks on it, in absolute mint condition, like it just came out of the box. Decided to get it as my backup sports camera. I absolutely LOVE this thing, it is freaking awesome. The focus speed and tracking action is as good as the Mk III or IV, in my opinion. Yes, it does not have video, and is only 8mp, but the results speak volumes, tracks action and focuses quickly which result in a high percentage of keepers.

Do I want to give up the higher ISO rating of the Mk IV, or the higher MP or nicer preview screen? Not really, but I am using the Mk II way more than I ever thought I would and I think it is going to get a lot of use this summer out on the soccer fields.

If you are looking for a camera to capture action, without all the bells and whistles (video, etc), try the Mk II if you get a chance, you will NOT be disappointed.


 
Tamron 28-75mm f2.8 XR Di Zoom AF

28-75mm
Review Date: Dec 4, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Image quality, size, weight! Did I mention image quality???
Cons:
None.

Ever since I moved to Canon DSLR (Rebel and Rebel XT) I have been looking for an all purpose lens (have 17-40L but find this too wide most of the time). I moved from 28-105 to 28-135 to 24-70L but was not happy with any of these lenses. A friend recommended trying the Tamron 28-75 and all I can say is WOW!!! I have never been a believer in third party lenses, but I have now changed my mind. This lense was sharper than the 24-70L (which I have now sold) at every stop and focal length and much lighter and easier to carry around, it also has similar image quality to my 50 F1.8. Comparisons were done in my portrait studio (800ws and 2 400ws studio lights) under controlled lighting conditions. Some people talk about build quality, while I understand this is an issue for some, it is not an issue for me. The 24-70L has superior build quality without question. If the Tamron breaks I am just going to buy another one because I just simply love the image quality, size and feel of the lense on my camera, period!! This review is in no way meant to bash Canon or L lenses, I wouldn't trade my 17-40L or 70-200L for anything else out there. I just wanted to let others know that if you are looking for a walk around zoom, to give this lense a chance, you will not be disappointed. This is coming from someone who, until recently, never gave a third party lense a second look.