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Canon EOS 1D Mark IV

Review Date: Feb 15, 2011 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $4,699.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: Image quality, auto focus, High ISO performance, battery life, build quality
Movie mode cumbersome, easy to mess up customization if you don't fully understand the function you are a changing and how it affects the other custom functions.

I moved up from a 1D Mark II which has been a stellar camera for me but now after patiently waiting for Canon to straighten out the Mark III fiasco, I got the Mark IV. I've shot competitive swimming and AI servo focus at 10fps was spot on for 99% of the shots. Pretty much everything is much improved over the Mark II which at the time when it first came out was back ordered for months and was state of the art for quite some time. So far I am VERY pleased with the IV. I like the crop factor for wildlife and the speed for weddings. A 1Ds or 5D would make for a great pair of bodies for weddings.

Canon EOS 1D Mark II

Review Date: Sep 17, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $4,500.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Pro body, rock solid performance, VERY fast fps, lots of custom/personal functions. Battery performance is amazing.
Images need a lot of sharpening when shooting RAW.

I LOVE this camera. As a firefighter/photographer this camera spent a week with me fighting a wildland fire in the dust, smoke and ash. It performed flawlessly. Coupled with L series lenses, dust and weather sealing are great. This camera has been 100% reliable for me, unlike my 1Ds Markk II. It is heavy but that does not bother me. It did take some time to get used to quickly making camera adjustments as most require two a button push. I am now shooting weddings and once again, this camera has come through. The high FPS is awsome and the low noise in high ISO shots is fantastic. I really like the 1.3 FOV crop when used with my 15mm FE and 17-40 zoom. Battery life is unbelievable, I get 1000-1500 shots per charge. I have yet to change the battery during an entire day of shooting.

Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS USM

Review Date: Sep 17, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $3,800.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Fast focus, f2.8 Bokhen, very solid construction, fun to shoot with!
None, really.

This is a fantastic lens for sideline sports photography. After using the 500mm f4 for wildlife, the 300mm f2.8 seems tiny. I shoot with this lens on a monopod but is definately hand holdable. The IS is great along with the fast USM focusing. This is really a fun lens to use!

Canon EOS 1Ds Mark II

Review Date: Aug 29, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $7,500.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Image quality is breathtaking, build quality is outstanding, battery life is great.
Had to have my shutter replaced in 6 months, price but it is worth it.

I've had my 1DsII since 12/04 and has lived up to my expectations for this incredible camera. I did have the shutter assembly act up which Canon took care of without question. I did much research to see if this was a common problem and it appears not. It is hard to describe the differnce when you put on the 17-40L on this body and look through the viewfinder and then try it on a 1DII body. But there is a huge differnce in angle of view and brightness in the viewfinder. This is a wonderful camera and will surely be one remembered after it is long been replaced.

Acratech ballhead

Review Date: Aug 29, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $299.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: Compact, light, easy ball adjustment, holds very well for it's size.
Panning base knob is weak on my model, though I have heard that they have upgraded the knob. The panning base also has too much vertical play.

Bought mine used and have really enjoyed it. It is extremely solid for it's size. I was able to use a Sidekick on it with a Canon EF 500mm f/4 and 1DII body all hanging off the sidekick. Worked great. I really like the compact size and weight. My only problem was with some play in the panning base when lossened up and the knob for the panning base was too small. Overall this is a great ballhead especially for travel.

Gitzo G1348 Inter Pro Studex Mk2 Carbon Fiber

Review Date: Dec 31, 2004 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $510.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Large, rigid, light and versitile. I got this for use with my big lenses. It works perfectly with Acratech UBH/sidekick and a Canon 500mm f/4. What is also real nice is that the center can be replaced with any number of columns or a leveling mount. This pod is also very compact for it's size.

I bought mine used on ebay and love it. If you need sturdy and light for moderate to large lenses then this is the tripod. I also love the height, as I am 6'1", this tripod extends to well above my eye level, no more bending over!

Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS USM

Review Date: Jul 19, 2004 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $5,200.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Build quality and performance.

This is an incredible lens for birds or other hard to reach wildlife. I decided to get the 500 instead of the 600 due to weight and porability. I have found that it works great with my Gitzo Reporter tripod with the Acratech Ultimate Ball Head and Wimberly "sidekick" gimble mount. If I had gotten the 600 this would not have worked. If you get this lens, then get the 1.4 TC to give you 700mm lens when needed.