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Canon EOS 1D X

Review Date: Aug 11, 2014 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $6,799.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: High ISO performance FPS Auto Focus Image Quality ... WOW
weight ... but I'm used to it now price ... but sooo worth it

- it took a bit to learn to compose using a full frame body, as my last 7 bodies were crop factors, in studio, quite the learning curve, which I did not see mentioned on any review sites

- after the initial size/weight shock, I was surprised how quickly I adjusted, and I handhold with 70-200 f/2.8 often with a 2x extender, sometimes use a 300 f/2.8 hand held ... all is good

- can't speak to the video, haven't learned how to use it yet

- I shoot indoor dog sports, try locking on & shooting a black dog moving at more than 30mph while at ISO 32000, f/2.8 & 1/640th ... this camera does it well ... always fast to focus and the image quality is ... well ... WOW!

Canon EOS 50D

Review Date: Jun 18, 2009 Recommend? | Price paid: $1,399.99

Pros: Higher ISO performance, fast, love the screen
large files

I left a review back in Oct when I bought this camera, but felt an update was needed

I bought the 50D specifically for dog agility in indoor arenas, I needed a camera that could push the ISO to 6400, be amazingly fast to focus, and could shoot non-stop for hours ...

this camera does all of the above. to maintain a shutter speed of 1/200th with a f/2.8 lens, my 50D lives on 6400. This camera has in camera settings to reduce the noise, it works on the JPGs, not on the RAWs, so I have switched to shooting only large JPGs for indoor sports

I have taken over 50K of images on this body so far, and have had zero, and I mean zero, issues, one Err99 (in studio), that's it ... I did have an older battery fail, but doubt the camera was at fault.

If you want to shoot moving targets in the dark, this is your camera

note: I also own a 30D, 20D and a 300D, and it is hard to put this camera down and use one of the others anymore Smile

Canon EOS 50D

Review Date: Oct 23, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,399.99 | Rating: 10 

Pros: ISO performance, LCD screen, shares batteries with the rest of my bodies
none yet, I just need to read the manual to fine tune some things

I have the 30D, 20D and 300D, only upgraded to the 50D for more ISO options as I shoot indoor sports & dog agility

I've read others having issues, have not had a single problem (ER99 etc) with my 50D and have done 6 sessions to date.

WOW was my first impression after viewing the images from my first senior ... beautiful portrait camera Smile

I've used it in studio & outdoors with the 70-200 f/2.8L IS and the 24-70mm f/2.8L and it is a great combo

Sigma 50-500mm f4-6.3 EX APO RF HSM

Review Date: Mar 19, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $999.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: Great lens for the price, awesome range, sharp sharp sharp
lens cap doesn't work with hood on

I got this lens Friday to use on my 20D & 30D. Saturday I headed off to the local drive thru Wildlife Safari ... WOW!

I own & regularly use a 70-200mm f/2.8L IS lens, so the weight on this sigma is the same & I hand hold 90% of the time. My keeper rate at the safari was about 90% for sharp focus (can't speak for the moving animals who seem to look away at the wrong time)

yes, it is slow compared to my 70-200mm, but I knew this would be my sunny day lens, so it really is fine for its purpose.

the zoom seems stiff, but I read somewhere that it will loosen with time, so not complaining yet, and I kept it at 500mm most of the time, so who needed to zoom in & out Smile

I could use this lens easily on a walkabout around town or the zoo, can't wait for soccer season to start up. I get sharper pictures with this lens, than with my 70-200mm with a 2x converter, but side by side at 200mm, well my IS lens would still win

here are some shots from the safari combined with the 20D:

Canon EF 28-200mm f/3.5-5.6 USM

Review Date: Dec 15, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $360.00 | Rating: 8 

Pros: Versitility, weight, great walkabout lens
not an L series

I've had this lens for a couple of years, used it religiously on my old Rebel, then my 20D & now my 30D

It has a favorite spot in my bag because it far surpasses my 18-55 ... and my next lens is a 50mm ... yeah, I know, I need more wide lenses, but ...

I shoot people ... models, actors, groups, headshots, seniors ... well ... people ... if I'm in tight quarters this lens is on my camera, when my 70-200mm f/2.8L IS is too big to get the picture the 28-200 works great ... I don't trust it at 200mm hand held, unless I am leaning on something, that is me, can't take a sharp pic at full zoom on any lens hand held, unless my shutter us 1/200 or faster

I have shot realtor headshots, in studio, on my 20D with this lens, and the pics are sharp on a billboard, and smaller ... no complaints with quality, if I control my situation, I know my limitiations & I know the lens' limitations ... very easy to get awesomely sharp pics with this lens on any of my cameras ... this was my #1 lens until the 70-200 came along, now the two neatly share my camera bag, and the rest are in the second bag, just in case!!!

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

Review Date: Aug 22, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,629.99

Pros: IS, fixed f/2.8, and just about everything else
really can't state any

I bought this lens for two reasons, the f/2.8 and the IS

being a mature woman, I was finding I couldn't hold my 28-200mm or my 70-300mm still at full zoom, always had to drag out the tripod.

I primarily shoot senior portraits, headshots & models, throw in a few fashion shows & dance competitions to fill my time ... this lens is a Godsend ... it has opened so many new avenues in my regular work, plus I've discovered a whole new world of photography.

I purchased the Kenko's trio of extension tubes, and now am taking headshots of bugs ... macro is sooo amazing, I'm hooked

my wildlife photography has stepped up to the next level, can capture a landing eagle on a tree tack sharp ... amazing

the weight is nothing ... it was my biggest fear, since I've had two rotator cup surgeries on my right shoulder, I was afraid of the weight ... 6 weeks of daily use ... no shoulder pain at all

the shallow DOF that can be accomplished has given a whole new look to my people photography, I also stopped at a little league softball game one day, mid-day sun, AMAZING AMAZING pictures, stopped the ball in flight, and had perfect clarity in the ball (the players were sharp too)

this lens has limited possibilities, the only place I can't really use it is in tight quarters if I want full body shots, but otherwise, it is my primary lens now