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Canon EOS 1D Mark II N

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Review Date: Oct 21, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: Nothing touches it for speed, a true professional product
Cons:

Just in response to some earlier reviewers. One complains about the model being two years old. You're reviewing the wrong camera as this is the N version of the 1DMKII.

Upgraders from 300D, 20D etc won't like the menu system at first. It's designed so that you can't accidentally change settings, delete pictures etc. That's why everything needs one or two buttons held while you turn one of the wheels.

You *will* get used to this and you'll soon find it easy and intuitive.

The camera is a blinding bit of kit. If you get a bad shot it's your fault, not the camera's fault. With cheaper cams, they sometimes focus too slowly, the buffer fills too quickly etc, not with the 1D Mk II or the 1D Mk II N

I didn't think it was possible to feel real love for an inanimate object til I got one of these, now I want to marry it and have it bear my children Smile


 
Canon EOS 1D Mark II

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Review Date: Mar 13, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $4,000.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: I won't outgrow it, I never find myself wishing for this or that feature, it's already got all I need and more.
Cons:
Spoils you for inferior cameras

If you miss a picture you will never blame the camera, it will be down to you. With other cameras they don't focus quickly enough, they get the metering wrong etc etc. Not this beauty.

It's actually the ultimate point-and-shoot! Though of course everything is customisable and tweakable.

This camera has spoilt me and I could never go back to a 300D or a 10D.

The 1DMkII is a true professional Single Lens Reflex Camera as well as being a digital powerhouse.

I can't see how my photographs could be any better (there's the 1DsII's extra pixels, but I don't ever need to print that big and I wouldn't want to lose the speed)

Someone else said that this camera should last you a lifetime and I have to agree, I don't think anyone could outgrow it. Get one of these and you'll never have to buy another camera. You're free to concentrate on your photography and forget about the camera.


 
Sigma 105mm f2.8 EX Macro 1:1 Lens

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Review Date: Jan 8, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $340.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Sharp, sharp, sharp. Excellent build quality Lovely bit of kit.
Cons:

At last proper sharp macro pictures for little money and no need for extension tubes.

I absolutely adore this lens. The results are so sharp with excellent contrast and beautiful background blur.

It's so easy to get fantastic shots of flowers, insects etc walking around hand held, either in bright conditions or with the flash.

The lens has excellent build quality, it comes with an excellent case too. It's as good as any of my expensive Canon L series lenses.

It's also a brilliant tool for portraits, perfect focal length and beautiful bokeh. Every EOS user should have one.


 
Canon EOS 10D

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Review Date: Jan 8, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,800.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Sturdy, professional features, excellent images
Cons:
None

A fantastic peice of equipment that really revolutionised my photography. The 10D is a proper DSLR. I upgraded from the 300D and it was the best decision I made. It's a far sturdier machine, it feels like it will last a lifetime. The handling is superb. The speed and accuracy of the autofocus and the metering is excellent and the images that it produces continue to blow me away.

It's not worth paying the extra for a 20D. You can pick up a 10D now second user for less than 700 UKP which means you can afford some decent lenses. Pair this up with something like the 28-135 IS and you have a formidable peice of kit for little outlay.


 
Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM

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Review Date: Nov 14, 2004 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $400.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Decent zoom range, excellent walkabout lens, my copy is extremely sharp
Cons:
Zoom ring and focus ring close together

I have 17-40L and 70-200L so bought this to fill the gap between the two. Also for the image stabilisation as I love to shoot with available light, but don't always want to carry a tripod.

The thing that surprised me the most about this lens is that (my copy anyway) is extremely sharp. It is as good as my L lenses for sharpness - but not as good for colour and contrast which is only to be expected given the price.

I love the focus range too which combined with the Image Stabilisation allows for hand-held macros, try adding a small extension tube.



 
Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM

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Review Date: Oct 27, 2004 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $650.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Good price for an 'L', fast silent focus, sharp, nice range, excellent build quality.
Cons:
size and weight but you'll happily live with that

My first 'L' lens and likely to be the start of an expensive addiction.

Captures beautiful, sharp, colourful images with good contrast and lovely bokeh.

Capable of excellent results at all apertures.

Balances nicely on my 10D with battery grip

I've owned it for a while now and it still has the ability to make my jaw drop when I see an image for the first time..


 
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8

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Review Date: Oct 16, 2004 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $65.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Cheap, sharp, effectively a portrait lens when shooting digital
Cons:
none for the price

Have to agree with what others say about the positive qualities of this lens, it's a little treasure. I've also used mine with extension tubes for macro shots which have been absolutely tack sharp.