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Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III USM

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Review Date: Mar 21, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $150.00 | Rating: 7 

 
Pros: Price, price, price. when it's good, it's good.
Cons:
You have to shoot in high ISO, or be prepared for blurry images.

I have had this lens since 2003, purchased at the same time as the 10D. The lens is fine when you have plenty of light, or use flash (assuming there's plenty of light for you to focus this lens).
I've shot some really decent photos with it, after I realized its limitations, and worked within them.
This lens works much better with a ff sensor. It's a bit soft when used with a 10D or 1.6 factor.
It is my "walk around" lens, since I wouldn't have to file bankruptcy if it breaks.
I've had images blown up to 20x30 and they've come out really well. If you don't have a lens in this category, I think you should buy it before spending 10x the same amount for an L 70-200. You may find you don't need the 70-200, which is what's happened to me. I'm fine with this lens and a tripod.


 
Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS USM

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Review Date: Jan 2, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Sharp images, with beautifully rendered backgrounds. Images look good!
Cons:
Heavy, but then, you knew that

this is probably the best lens I've tried from Canon!!!!!
Beautiful images, especially the way it blurs the background and turns it all into painterly colors.

check out some of the images, many taken at ISO 800:

http://www.efelarca.smugmug.com/gallery/2273289/9/119207937


 
Canon EOS 1Ds Mark II

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Review Date: Aug 2, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $8,900.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: I love the camera. It feels and weighs like a pro camera should... and the photos are exceptional. I shoot weddings, and often raise the ISO to 1600, and even higher, with results that people love. I bought it on the first week of January this year, and have already gotten over 20,000 shots from it.
Cons:
The software that comes with it - especially if you have to process raw files. AAAAAARGGGGGGhhhhhhhh! Canon people, are you listening?????

I've used non-canon lenses with it, and even when the reviews have said the lenses weren't "sharp enough", I am fine with that. I photograph people, and I don't want it to be tack-sharp anyway. In fact, I tend to "soften" all the photos afterwards, still.

My biggest complaint is the camera grip must be ordered separately. I just used the one that came with my Kodak Digital camera. You need it if you're going to be carrying this behemoth all day (for weddings and stuff).

.... and the software that comes with it just isn't up to speed with todays software.


 

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