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Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM "A"

Review Date: Oct 21, 2015 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $700.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: build quality, af, sharp

I bought this after renting one on my canon 6d. I used it on my D800E and it was exceptional. The files were tack sharp. I've never used the nikon 35 1.4g but the price difference I could have gotten two 35 art lenses. The Af was spot on all the time unless I made an error. I'd have no issues recommending this lens to people sigma has stepped up their game significantly

Canon EF 28-70mm f/2.8L USM

Review Date: Apr 14, 2015 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $500.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: sharp, price, build

I had this lens on my 6D and it was an excellent buy. I didn't consider the 24-70mm variants because of the price. I bought my copy from South Korea and it was absolutely mint. I'm convinced it wasn't used much at all. I know it's probably not the most controlled or sharpest lens out there but unless you're pixel peeping this lens delivers.

Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8G IF-ED AF-S Nikkor

Review Date: Apr 14, 2015 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,250.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Sharp! Sharp! Sharp!, build quality,

I actually bought the nikon 16-35mm over this originally because I read reviews that it was nearly as good. After buying this I think those people are crack pots. This lens is insanely sharp and the IQ is def a notch or two higher than the 16-35mm. Filters aren't an issue with the lens anymore they're just pricey. If anyone is looking for a great UWA lens this is def the one you want. Just spend the little more the first time and get the better lens.

Sony a7

Review Date: Sep 4, 2014 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,000.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: IQ; DR; size;
battery life

I picked up a used A7 from the forums. I bought it because it was a small and very portable full frame package. I used the Voigtlander 15mm 98% of the time on the camera. I knew the limitations of the camera with the lens I had selected. The image quality was excellent I didn't use the af since on the one I owned but when I rented the a7 with kit lens the AF was snappy and hit focus on what I was aiming for majority of the time. There are obvious limitations to buying this camera one being battery drain. I picked up a few extra batteries but I do that with EVERY camera I buy. Sony really made a game changer with the A7 series cameras that they released. Shooting with the A7 is very fun if you understand the certain limitations of the camera.

Nikon D800E

Review Date: Sep 4, 2014 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,900.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: IQ; DR; AF
High ISO performance

I've had a couple D800's and I've wanted the E for the additional sharpness. I shoot mainly landscapes and architecture so the additional boost in resolution is very nice. This camera does not disappoint at low ISO the only 35mm camera that I'd say is better would be a D810 but it's significantly more expensive. I bought the 800E on a whim one day when I saw a good deal on the forums. Paired with good glass this camera is simply exceptional. I would highly recommend any of the 800 series cameras by Nikon the resolution and dynamic range these cameras have is a dream for any landscape photog

Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM

Review Date: Sep 4, 2014 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,000.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: sharp; build quality; bokeh;

I bought this lens to use on my 6d when I had it. I read all the negative reviews but still bought it regardless. In all honesty it lens is better than the review will lead on. It was quick to lock focus(even on the af of the 6d) was pretty nice wide open. It wasn't as bad as everyone made it out to be at least in my opinion. There was color fringing wide open which is easily fixed in post. The lens was pretty sharp by f2 but wasn't terrible at 1.2. With Ultra fast aperture lenses nailing focus is important and I think a lot of people weren't nailing focus which resulted in poor IQ. I had very little problem with this lens wide open even handheld. The size was very nice it felt very nice on the 6d. Honestly I'd say rent one before buying or skip this lens altogether and get a sigma 50mm 1.4 Art. If you're buying this lens you are probably buying for the character of the lens not so much über sharp images.

Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM "A"

Review Date: Sep 4, 2014 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $925.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: sharp; fast AF; decent enough Bokeh; Build quality;
For some this lens is too big

This lens had A LOT of hype surrounding it before it's release. It was pretty crazy actually. Sigma knocked it out of the park with this lens for sure. It's sharp at 1.4 and at f2 it's insane. I basically set it to f2 and point and shoot. I haven't had any af issues like others reported. I've actually only really seen Canon users reporting AF issues with sigma lenses. This is one of the biggest standard lenses you can buy which may turn some people off. In all honesty with a bigger body DSLR it feels well balanced to me. I haven't used the Otus but really for the price of this lens you can't really go wrong.

Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM

Review Date: Aug 4, 2014 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $800.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: SHARP!, Color rendition, contrast, AF, BOKEH

I bought this lens because of all the hype I've heard about it. I must say that this lens is ridiculous. Very sharp wide open the results sooc are great. The bokeh is very nice. This lens does live up to the hype that surrounds it.

Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM

Review Date: Jul 31, 2014 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,000.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: sharp, bokeh, color rendition, contrasty,

I bought this lens for a lot less than other used versions because of a small scrape on the bottom of the filter ring. The lens is very nice the size balances well on the camera. It's sharp and resolves well on the full frame sensor. My only real complaint is the hood.

Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM

Review Date: Jul 31, 2014 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,500.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: aperture, Bokeh, Contrast, color rendition,
Af speed thats about it, Rear element can easily be scratched.

The lens is a MONSTER. It's short fat and heavy. The AF speed and the rear element are really the only downfalls I see about the lens. If you have static subjects you'll love this lens. The lens can make any background vanish.

Zeiss 35mm f/2 Distagon T*

Review Date: Dec 11, 2013 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $600.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Sharp, well built,

I bought it used from an FM user. It is a great lens my copy was super sharp. I love the build quality of Zeiss. This lens isn't overl big or heavy either. It works great on the D800/D600

Nikon D600

Review Date: Nov 27, 2013 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,500.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Dynamic range, resolution,
QC issues for some

As an entry level full frame camera you get a lot of your money. The IQ of this camera is just insane. It doesn't have all the detail of the D800 but it's damn close. The dynamic range of this camera is incredible and would be a great camera for any landscape shooter. I don't shoot moving subjects too much so I can't really comment on the AF too much also I use mf lenses alot.

This is the best deal on full frame cameras out there considering what you get for the money.

** some people had oil/dust issues mine had no such issues.

Canon EOS 6D

Review Date: Nov 25, 2013 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,300.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: High ISO performance
Dynamic range

I bought the 6d just for fun basically. I have a D600 and D800 and I just wanted to play around with Canon's offerings. The camera has excellent high iso noise performance and I would be comfortable using it even above 12800.. but the camera lacks(actually all Canon's suck in this field) dynamic range. My nikons blow the this camera out of the water in this aspect. I shoot a lot of landscapes and I don't like to bracket if I don't have to. Other than dynamic range this is one of the better Canon's I've used.

Nikon D200

Review Date: Nov 25, 2013 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $300.00 | Rating: 9 


This was my first semi pro DSLR after I outgrew my D60. I loved this camera a lot. The camera was very easy to use and navigate through the menus. the Build quality was a big step up from my d60. With good glass this camera is still a valid option even today with all the different options out there

Samyang 14mm f/2.8 IF ED UMC

Review Date: Nov 25, 2013 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $280.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Sharp, price, MF, light weight

I had my Samyang 14mm for a short while couple months at best. I used it the canon 6d I had. I must say the lens def shocked me. for the price point there isn't an ultrawide that can touch this lens. It's very sharp and light weight. I bought into this following the hype over here on the forums about how well it performs. I must say I was shocked at how well the lens did for how cheap it is. The only real downside is the distortion.

Canon EOS 1Ds Mark II

Review Date: Apr 29, 2013 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: IQ, dual cards, large size, great af, full frame, build

IQ, build quality, and af are all excellent on this camera. it was once the workhorse of the pros. For the time I had mine the images that came out of the camera were excellent full of detail and pretty decent dynamic range.


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