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Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM

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Review Date: Nov 18, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: sharp wide open, solid build, good colors and contrast, fast AF
Cons:
quite big and unwieldy, strange that it zooms out at the widest angle



 
Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM

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Review Date: May 31, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: - AF is fast & quiet - Good color and contrast - Does not show vignetting on 1D Mark II - Really good price for value
Cons:
- Does show vignetting on full frame especially with Flash on.

I would highly recommend this lens if you are using a 1.3x or a 1.6x camera. However if you are using a full frame, there is vignetting at 17mm, it shows more pronounced when you have your flash on.

Other than that flaw, I see this as an exteremly good lens espcially at this price point. It has all the other nice features that all L series lens has like fast AF, silent motor and good color and contrast.

Highly recommended!


 
Canon EOS 1D Mark II

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Review Date: May 3, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $2,700.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: fast AF, shutter speed, bright viewfinder, superb build, good AWB, smooth skin tones(better than 10D), very little blown highlights and dark shadows, Good file size, Very Long lasting battery life.
Cons:
More dust accumalation than my 10D

It has been 3 weeks since I made the switch from 10D to 1D Mark II. Though not long enough to review a product after use. But in this digital day and age, 3 weeks is good enough.

I used to love my 10D and the images I used to get from it. But I would say the Mark II is a class in its own. I am not talking about the body, the AF, the shutter speed, they are all great and I was expecting that. What I did not expect, was the smoother skin tones, better WB and the histogram is dead on. I do not see as much blown highlights and shadows like the 10D. I can better control the color accuracy. The viewfinder is much brighter and covers 100%. Believe me that is very important as I get what I frame. I do not like things in my picture which I did not see in my viewfinder. That was one of my complaints on the 10D. The UI on the camera is better than my 10D and I like the two button system, as I do not accidentally change settings.

I was apprehensive with the size and weight but I got adjusted to it very well. Considering that my 10D was been used without a battery grip and looked like a toy in front of the Mark II. My only grip is the collection of dust. It collects more dust than my old 10D. I have to clean it much more frequently.

If anyone has been waiting to buy this one, the only thing I can say, "The Mark II is a class in its own"


 
Canon EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM

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Review Date: Feb 14, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $500.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Very sharp wide open, beautiful colors, very nice bokeh, price
Cons:
no IS

This is the sharpest lens I own. The best part of this lens is it is very sharp even wide open at F2.8. This is my first L lens and I can understand why most of the folks love the pro series. The colors out of this lens are really nice and saturated(looks more natural then when you boost it in PS). The bokeh created is simply breath taking. I have to get used to this as and stop down a bit as sometimes the DEF is too shalow.

It does feel heavy on my 10D. With the multiplier factor of 1.6x. The 200 gets converted to 320mm which is really long especially when shooting without a tripod and your subject keeps moving. I wish this lens had an IS on it. I think that is my only complain. But for this price I should'nt be complaining.


 
Sigma 18-50mm F2.8 EX DC

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Review Date: Jul 28, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $420.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Wideangle on my 10D with F2.8, Silent and smooth focusing, good colors, small size and weight.
Cons:
Not sharp through out the frame at 2.8, Really good after F8.

I love this lens and it tends to be on my camera all the time since I bought it. I always yearned for a fast wide angle lens and this lens fills my appetite. My old Canon 28-135 was too slow and at times not wide enough. This simply replaces my 28-135 for most part. I also love its size and weight. It is not too big for most of my journalistic shots.
All in all I would recommend anyone sitting on the sidelines for buying a wide-angle lens.