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Canon EOS 5D Mark II

5DII_1_
Review Date: May 19, 2009 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $2,699.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Image Quality, Low Noise, Full frame, Takes advantage of faster lenses
Cons:
Focus issues at times

I don't have the original 5D to compare to, only the 40D. Don't get me wrong, I have always liked my 40D, but of the small annoyances I have with it the 5D MKII has taken care of everyone.

The LCD screen is incredible. This was one of the issues I had with the 40D; you could not gauge whether you had captured a great shot. WIth the 5D MKII I don't have that problem. I have many more keepers as the LCD screen allows me to better gauge exposure and focus.

I compared Noise Levels between the 40D and 5D MKII and feel like 40D ISO 3200 is equivalent to 5D ISO12800. Shooting many times in a lot of low light and not really liking to use flash this feature alone has sold me. I have even shot some images using ISO25600 out in the streets at night and while there is quite a bit of noise, to me they are usable whereas before I wouldn't have the shot.

The menus are laid out the same as the 40D so there was no learning curve which was welcomed.

THe ability to have an adjustment for each lense was one reason when the 50D came out I almost jumped, but decided to wait an upgrade to full frame at the same time.

I calibrated each lens and was very pleased with the results. I felt my 17-40mm f/4L lens always gave great results but after a +9 adjustment I can definitely tell the difference. The 70-200mm F/4L IS and 20-35mm F/2.8L were dead on which did not surprise me.

Now the best part. THe picture quality is nothing short of amazing in my opinion. The 40D was great, and the 5D MKII surpasses it completely. Paired with great glass and fast aperture the bokeh achieved is even more unbeleivable.

The frames per second, granted is slow, but if I know I will be shooting a lot of action then I will grab the 40D.

The only problem I have had at times if with focus as many other reviews have elluded to. Every once in a while it does a poor job of focusing; low light and daylight. I might eventually send it in to Canon, but right now with all the positives I am not willing to part with the camera for even a day.


 
Canon EF 20-35mm f/2.8L

ef20_35mm
Review Date: Feb 18, 2009 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $450.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: quick focus in low light, great iq, lightweight
Cons:
for the price I can't think of any

I have been contemplating this lens for quite a while. I have the 17-40mm f/4L and the extra stop became more of a need as I ventured to more indoor low-light photography. I passed up several on ebay as I was worried about the age of this lens. I couldn't wait any longer and I was not going to drop almost 3 times as much for th 16-35mm f/2.8L. I picked up a used copy last week and am amazed at the quality of this lens. Given that the lens could be well over 10 years old it goes to show the quality of L lenses. It is lighter and smaller then the 17-40mm which is nice. Focusing in low light was a factor some mentioned, but I haven't seen any issues. It is not noisy as some of mentioned possible; at least not to me. The image quality of the lens is excellent. This is my 3rd 'used' L series lens for which I have saved a small fortune and am never disappointed. I have quickly sold all my other 3rd party lenses. I can't imagine any of them being around in 10+ years. So, find a good used copy. You won't be disappointed.