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Canon EOS 5D Mark III

5DIIIs
Review Date: Sep 11, 2012 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Fast accurate AF, high IQ, great high ISO performance, build quality, lcd screen
Cons:
Focus point does not light up in viewfinder

As a pro, I have exclusively used 1-series bodies, 1D, 1DM3, & 1DM4, until now. The 5DM3 compares not only favourably, but I think its better in AF accuracy and file quality, producing beautiful and consistent images in all kinds of shooting situations.

It handles fast action, and very low light equally well, with superb colour and clarity. As an event photographer I appreciate files that come right out of the camera needing minimal post processing, as sellable images. However, if an image needs to be pushed in processing, the 5DM3 file does not fall apart.

The menu is intuitive and most items are easy to get to with one hand. If you don't need a high frame rate, the 5DM3 is a must have body. I spend a lot of long hours shooting, its a joy to work with.


 
Canon EOS 1D Mark III

1DmkIII
Review Date: Aug 16, 2011 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Incredible AF, excellent IQ & colour quality, amazing battery life & build quality
Cons:
Heavy, lcd could be better

This camera produces very high IQ files, publishers just love them! The AF has never been a problem, its a blue dot body, and had the latest fix. AF is FAST and accurate for both sports and landscapes. Colour & contrast are well balanced and crisp, even in RAW files. The files can be described as "thick", and will take any amount of pp without falling apart. It is a heavy unit, but completely weather proof. The battery life is truly amazing.

 
Canon EF 28-105 F/3.5-4.5 II USM

ef_28-105_35
Review Date: Sep 20, 2009 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated

 
Pros: Good aperture range, 3.5-4.5 offers greater flexibility, price.
Cons:
Soft indoors, especially at the wide end, zoom allows dust inside the glass, poor contrast.

I have 2 copies, one made in Japan, one made in Taiwan. The Japanese copy is the heavier of the two. The Taiwanese copy has dust inside the front element lens.

I needed this lens mostly for indoor work, with flash, and thought the aperture range was good for that. However, the pix were inconsistent and lacked contrast, especially at the wide open, wide end range.

Its much better outdoors mostly at f8-16, and is a great general purpose lens, but it can never begin to compare to a 2.8 lens.


 
Canon EF 28-70mm f/2.8L USM

ef_28-70_28s_1_
Review Date: Sep 20, 2009 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Sharp, sharp, sharp! Great colour & contrast, excellent build quality.
Cons:
A bit heavy, but so is most f2.8 glass.

I bought this used lens here on FM. I shoot primarily indoor, poorly lit horse shows. This lens makes every shot super consistent, and scary sharp. I can set it and forget it.

Its a perfect compliment to my 1DM3 for low light and action.

Highly recommended, I rate it a 10.