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Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM

Review Date: Jul 30, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: sharpness, bokeh, shallow DoF, contrast, focus range. Last but not least the WOW effect when you mount it and people see that big big black hole...
slow focus (but it is not a sport lens).

A great lens, but you need a lot of patience/time to master it.

If you have AF individual lens adjustment (1D) you should put the focus slightly behind so you get for example the eyes sharper. It is easy to make mistakes if the subject or your camera moves even slightly while shooting (increase f-stops).

This lens is my all time favorite and got totally in love with it.

Manual focus will help in many occasions to get the best out of it.

Calculate also to use ND8 filters to get the super bokeh even in strong light conditions (I use 77mm with step-up from it's 72 to 77 so you might save some money if you got 77mm caps).

Canon EOS 1D Mark III

Review Date: May 18, 2008 Recommend? no | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 7 

Pros: Very versatile software, enhancing with WI-FI without problems. Excellent battery life, viewfinder top. Quick start up. Optimum usability for all functions you need during a shooting session.
Reliability (2 repairs in 3 month because of shutter failures)

My second repair, shutter blocking after 7000 shots with an ERR99 (Error 99 is a generic error). It's the second repair now and that p*** me really off. I really CAN NOT recommend this body because for that price tag I expect real perfection. I can forgive a first problem. But not a second. 2 shooting sessions aborted, what will be next?

Anyway, when it works it is awesome to work with.