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Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM

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Review Date: Aug 26, 2010 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Fast sharp focus. IS works great. Tremendous IQ
Cons:
Some vignetting ... more than I expected on my 1ds Mark 3

My primes have been sitting in my bag since I bought this lens. Only complaint is obvious vignetting on my full-frame 1ds Mark 3. It often works to good advantage with portraits, so I shouldn't complain too much. Sharp as a tack, focus is best in class, and IQ is beyond reproach. Swallow hard on the price and take the plunge!

 
Canon EOS 1D Mark II N

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Review Date: Feb 28, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $3,789.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Fast shutter, fast focus, good ai-servo focus track in low light, feels good in the hand ...
Cons:
Somewhat counter-intuitive menu system

I've only had this body a short time so consider this review provisional. I was waiting to see what Canon would do with the 30D. When I saw their announcement, I pulled the trigger on the Id Mk 2 N.

I shoot a lot of indoor sports. My 20D has been driving me crazy. With the 20 D, auto-focus is a hit or miss proposition in low light and my keeper ratio declined proportional to the amount of light in the arena. This past weekend I shot about 1,000 pictures in the cave known as the Arthur Ashe Center in Richmond, VA. No flash is allowed as I was shooting indoor track and flash messes with their timing system. With my 20D, I'd guess I would have been lucky to get 250 keepers. I had over 800 shots which I found acceptable and I don't even know what I'm doing with this camera yet. To me, the ability to accurately track a moving subject in difficult light is enough to justify the price increase from the 20/30D. Can't wait to shoot outdoor when I actually have a little more experience using the camera.