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Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM

85II
Review Date: Oct 28, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,835.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Great Lens, well made, heavy but balances well on 1D Mark II N and 30D with the Battery Grip
Cons:
None Noted

Just purchased the EF 85 f/1.2L II, although it is expensive, if all lens performed like this lens, I would be happy to spend the big dollars. I have never experienced a lens quite like the 85 f/1.2L II. This lens is “Super Super” sharp, and the bokeh is outstanding, it looks like smooth “Butter Baby”. When I arrived home with this lens, it was dark outside, so I decided to take a few photos inside of my home without a flash. Maybe I was dreaming but this lens appeared to create light. The images were “Tack” sharp even after zooming in 10X on my 1D Mark II N, and my 30D 2.5” screens. This lens is so sharp, be careful not to cut yourself. I like the way Canon designed the hood. I guess I will also have to check out the “NEW” EF-50mm f/1.2L , if it takes photos like this lens, “WELL” guess what, I am going to have to buy it. I love my sharp EF-135mm f/2L for indoor sports, but it is not quite as sharp as the 85 f.1.2L II. If this is going to be your first “L” glass, beware of catching the “L” Bug.

 
Canon EOS 1D Mark II N

1d_mkii_n
Review Date: Sep 19, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $3,949.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: The 1D Mark II N, is a nice upgrade from the 1D Mark II. I Love the larger screen, the Picture Styles are nice. I really like being able to adjust the white balance, you can create a totally different mood. I love the B/W mode with the Color filters. I only wish that you could use the color filters in color mode like B/W. However that's why I like the custom White Balance. One shot ISO Bracketing.
Cons:
Non worth mentioning!

What is wrong with you people, comparing a 20D to a 1D Mark II N is like comparing a Pontiac Firebird to a Dodge Viper. All I here is complaining, if you guys like the 20D good, but don't trash an excellent camera because it has Pro Quality. The reason for two hands is avoid accidentally changing a setting, which is very important if you make you living as a “Real” professional Photographer.
Then this dream camera is exactly that a dream. If Canon or any other company could make a 12-800mm f/2.8 IS lens it would have to weigh several hundred pounds plus a hundred pound filter. Canon make a 1200mm Special Order Lens with an f/5.6 and it weighs 16.5 kg or 36.3lbs in English. I believe the cost is about $30,000.00; the front of the lens is 9” round and 32.9” long. Do you guys understand what you are saying? I cannot believe that you don’t understand why you don’t see a 500mm or 600mm f/2.8, because it would weigh over 20Lbs. You have it all wrong with this old technology being used in the 1D Mark II N, and newer technology being used in the 20D, ha ha; the 20D is now a discontinued camera and was released well before the 1D Mark II N. The reason for the weight guys is because it is built to take a beating, weather and dust proof gaskets, etc. Do you really think that Canon sits around and says, well Jim Bob let’s see if we can make this here box a little heavier. I am sorry, you guys are not Photographers. The 20D is a good camera for what it was designed for, but it is out of its league when you compare it with any 1D camera. I own a 20D & a 1D Mark II N and I think that it is a fine camera with a good price tag. Look on the line lines of any sporting event, and you will find 70+% Canon 1D Mark II’s. If it is good enough for the Pros, and “The Getty’s Museum” then that should answer your questions. No one product is perfect for everyone, that’s why Canon makes 5 different Digital SLR's, not counting the discontinued 20D and the XT. No I do not work for Canon, I am a Patent Attorney.