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Canon EOS 5D Mark II

Review Date: Feb 11, 2009 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: 21mpix, high ISO, AF is much better, display, built quality, menu
wish it had ~6fps instead of video

I am working with the camera for 2 weeks now and covered basketball and did two documentaries plus some PJ work.

The camera performed flawless in all situations and is a huge upgrade comming from a 1DII.

I dont even miss the 8.5fps but they were handy in some situations.

But fullframe and the image quality was worth it.
All in all, this is by far the greatest camera I could think of.

Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM

Review Date: Jan 15, 2009 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $900.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: sharp, f2.8, fast focus, tank

This is THE LENS.
If you would only have two lenses, it would be a wide angle and the 70-200.

You can use it at nearly every event and it will cover most of your assignments very well.

I will never leave home without it.

Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM

Review Date: Jan 15, 2009 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $900.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: SHARP, overall IQ, build like a tank
a heavy monster

This lens has fantastic IQ and is rock solid.
It is good for sports (e.g. basketball) and for portraits or for situations where you can not gues wich focallength you might need.

It is sharp wide open - from 24 all the way to 70.
It focusses quite fast and feels right in your hands.

On the down side, it is kind off heavy but it is still ok.

I would highly recommend this lens to everybody, you won`t need it too much but it provides you with good looking images and will never let you alone.

Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L USM

Review Date: Jan 15, 2009 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $900.00 | Rating: 8 

Pros: Light, Small, Fast, F2.8
Tends to have soft corners

As it is always: you get what you pay for.

And if you buy this lens, you know what you want and you get what you want.

On a documentary, this is the lens I would use straight out of the bag.
It is good for sports because it has the two key facts: F2.8 and a fast focus.

The IQ @ F2.8 is good between 20-35 and OK at 16.
Stopping down to F3.2 or F3.5 is absolutely usable for my needs and for the circumstances I am working under (bad light/no light).

If you want the perfect WW zoom, get a Nikon but this is by far the best WW zoom you can get for under 900$.