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Canon EOS 5D Mark II

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Review Date: Jan 26, 2009 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: The camera is fantastic.
Cons:
none.

The camera is incredible, here are my opinions:
I don't mind the video (it's superb) if I wanted a good video camera I would've buy a good video camera, so, for me a good video as part of the package is a plus.
The weather seal is enough, this is not an underwater camera, the Hasselblad is not weather sealed either, and in NY an umbrella cost $5.

I don't mind either a small difference in color or contrast, I shoot RAW, Neutral and Custom Color Balance, I can do almost anything in Photoshop, but my view of images is not to reproduce the colors exactly as they are, I'll leave that to the Labs, I twist the colors until I get the image to tell what I want, but I can, if needed, because the camera allows it, to print any image with the almost exact colors.

For me the price is right, the equivalent in other brands cost twice this much. I shot with a Rebel XTi for years, until I made enough money to buy a more complex camera, like this one.

I think a better camera makes your life easier, not your work better, and there is a limit you can ask an equipment, the rest is up to the photographer.

As an unknown friend I will recommend to the 5D Mark II owners. Stop counting pixels, do not try to shoot Oscar movies, just grab your camera, put any lens, go to the street and make the most of an engineering marvel.

Here is a sample, how I see this image, no sharpening (I never do)
with a Sigma 12-24, in Coney Island... one cold afternoon.
Thanks. Tito Trelles

http://thecaretakersofparadise.com/THE-FEAST.jpg


 
Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM

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Review Date: Dec 13, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $700.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Excellent images.
Cons:
none

I shoot mostly fashion, but for my personal work, this is the all around lens. I am one who thinks what counts are the results, there is no perfect lens. I'm also a shooter, not an equipment collector. T