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Tamron 180mm f/3.5 Di LD IF Macro Autofocus SP AF

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Review Date: Mar 11, 2004 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $684.00 | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Pretty sharp this lens, even wide open, very contrasty too ... color balance is neutral. I also agree that the AF/MF is very easy to use.
Cons:
Very slow and loud auto focusing ... bugs may all be scared away. LOL Build quality not as good as the Canon 180/3.5 ... not even the Sigma 180. Flimsy tripod collar. Sort of cheap and plastic feeling in general.

I'm very satisfied with the picture quality for what I paid for ... however, all the glowing reviews on the Internet may give everyone just an illusion that if this were the very best lens out there - there's great improvement can be done with it in terms of build quality, it is very light even mounted on a 1D/1Ds, with 1:1 mag. ratio at 180mm ... I suggest everyone use a tripod at any time, but then Tamron really have to make the tripod collar more rigid.

I'll be very happy to recommend this lens to people.


 
Canon EOS 1Ds

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Review Date: Apr 5, 2003 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Full frame, 11MP
Cons:
High ISO Noise

Well, guess enough has been said about this camera. I've been playing with it for almost 5 months already so far no major to complain about. However, Canon does have some homework to do with it especially with the noise over ISO400.

One more point to mention ... the Ds does kill the MF+ scanner, but MF + digital backs (Valeo and H Series) are still way beyond its quality in studio use. Move on, Canon. I'm expecting another innovative product from you!


 
Fuji FinePix S2 Pro

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Review Date: Apr 5, 2003 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: The ONLY D-SLR capable of reproducing Digital Velvia effect
Cons:
Battery

Like the title says, S2 is the ONLY reason why I'm still keeping several Nikkor lenses.

My only grin with the camera is its battery ... wondering why Fuji didn't have an integral solution for that, I really wish they would fix that in S3. Other than that, the camera is just perfect ... it's beats every one in the 6MP class.


 
Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L USM

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Review Date: Mar 30, 2003 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Best wedding lens money can buy
Cons:
slow AF

If you're into weddings, it's a must. However, you'll have to deal with slow AF and very shallow DOF. Other than that, it's just immaculate.

 
Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L USM

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Review Date: Mar 30, 2003 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Best ultra wide Canon makes
Cons:
CA and edge softness

You'll love it forever if you do wide angle, till you use the 17-35 AF-S, which is why I'm still shooting with Nikon

 
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM

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Review Date: Mar 30, 2003 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: One of the two best zooms Canon ever made
Cons:
None

Enough has been said about the 70-200, I tried this one but bought the IS version because I thought IS might be good ... but then I replaced the 70-200 with several primes within its range. If I will ever buy it again, I would definitely choose the non IS version - despite the addition of IS, there's no quality difference between the versions ... it's all about your own shooting style.

 
Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM

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Review Date: Mar 30, 2003 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: One of the two best zooms Canon ever made
Cons:
None

As part of Canon's effort in a new lineup of zooms designed with digital full frame in mind, I would say after using it for almost 5 months, I'm completely satisfied with is performance every single day, it kills almost all the primes within its range except the 35/1.4L and 50/1.4 and it's quite usable even shooting wide open. I did a series of auto show in Feburary, I went there with a couple of primes along with this one, but I eneded up almost 300 frames with the zoom on my Ds despite that I carried the 35/1.4 and 85/1.8. My images were printed finally at 64x48 after processing with GF PrintPro. My major work involves a lot of architecture stuff I would say the barrel distortion is controlled within a very minimal portion, in fact it surpasses a lot of primes in this arena.

There lens is just almost immaculate and it provide an incredible amount of detail on the Ds. The only zoom which can compare to its quality is the 70-200/2.8. It's the ONLY zoom in my arsenal as of today. No brainer, everybody should get one.