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Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II

24tse
Review Date: May 3, 2010 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Extremly sharp, Build, Color, No CA, excellent for architecture and landscape
Cons:
None

I was very hesitant about buying this lens, but after using it for the last month I'm convinced it was worth every penny. I own 3 Canon "L" lens', the 70-200 2.8L IS, the 17-40 F4L and the 28-70 2.8L, all excellent lens', but this lens blows them away. Paired with the 5DII it's a combination that can't be beat. Manual focus is not a problem with live view and 10x magnification, precise focusing anywhere in the scene is a snap. Setting exposure with live view is not a problem either when using exposure simulation and live histogram.
This lens is extremely sharp and the IQ is superb. As a tilt/shift or straight 24 it can't be beat.

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Gitzo G1227 Mountaineer Reporter Mk2 Carbon Fiber

G1227G_1_
Review Date: Mar 9, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $415.00

 
Pros: Light weight, solid build and all around quality piece of gear
Cons:
None yet

I'm very impressed with this tripod, it looks and feels solid. I don't have a problem with the twist locks on the legs, they're quick and easy for me to operate.
I may invest in the Markins TB-20 Base Plate which should add a little more stability and make the Minimum Height practically ground level.

Well worth the money!