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Canon EOS 7D

Review Date: Nov 22, 2009 Recommend? | Price paid: Not Indicated

Pros: Speed, software enhancement,
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I was shooting in jpg at first for two weeks on the smaller size fora website and therefore didn't pay too much attention to the details of the image as they were going to be crushed to a smaller size. However, having now recently shot in RAW I see that the images are far from sharp and extremely soft. I just can't use it.

I have tried everything to try and get a sharp image and never once was I able to at 200mm f/5.6 or at 16mm f/5.6 or anywhere in between. It was slightly better at 30-70mm but nothing usable.

I tried sing the AF micro-adjustment to no avail and eventually gave up after trying to tweak other setting. I only own Canon L lenses and have no problems with these same lenses on my 5D2 and my two 40D's.

I have taken the camera back after two weeks of use and tested another camera in the shop with exactly the same problem. I am soooo disappointed in this as I really wanted this camera to work for me.

Canon have failed me once again and I am headed for a D700 to see what that may offer for a faster alternative to a 5D2 without spending silly money.

Canon EOS 7D

Review Date: Nov 7, 2009 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: Speed, excellent partner camera to the 5D2 - It's a Nikon camera by Canon
Confusing sometimes which camera to take out the bag, 5D2 or 7D Grrrr!

I have to agree with pretty much what has already been said. The moment I took one photo with the camera in the shop I wanted one to compliment my 5D2. Oh how I wish this newer technology was in the 5D2, so I guess we'll wait for the 5D3.

This camera also feels more like a Nikon, fast and accurate. I mentioned to my friend who is a Nikon user about to do the switch to Canon and I said, that Canon are finally making Nikon's. he laughed.

Anyway, anyone looking for an upated 40D/50D, this is the baby!

Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM

Review Date: Aug 13, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 8 

Pros: quality L lens build, superb colour and sharpness, f1.2,
poor manual focus implementation, slow AF, heavy and a little bulky, not weather proof

There's nothing more to report of the positive aspects of this lens that hasn't already been mentioned - the most important part is the quality image, and THAT is does pass with flying colours.

So, I will mention a few things about the operation of this lens that has surprised me a little.

There is no ring seal between the back of the lens which seals to the body. All my other L lenses do, so I am a little puzzled why this does not. Therefore even less weather-proof.

The manual focus operates electronically when switched to manual mode. (the focus ring activates electronically to the actual focus operation in the lens, unlike many other L lenses that are mechanically attached) The focus ring is VERY loose and easy to knock, therefore easy knock out of focus. It also has a long circumference in the focusing ring which is why the AF is slow damn slow. Sports lens or not, this for an L lens is quite shabby. The focus ring also moves at the same rate, like traditional lenses; unlike the neat short focus movement with a mechanical advantage ring which allows more movement with the ring of other canon lenses.

I think canon have cheapened the operation of this lens by not supplying, for example, switch for shortening the back focus given the huge focus ring circumference.

Be very careful putting this lens on the body as the back optic is pretty much flush and very wide. You need to be dead accurate.

Other than that, you'll get great images.