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Canon EOS 1Ds Mark II

Review Date: Mar 4, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: resolution, out-of-cam jpg's, focusing system, battery life, dynamic range, shutter life, full frame ,feel in hands
weight for my hand luggage

Bought this camera 2nd hand with a new shutter after using the d30, 20d and 5d.It delivers, end of story.Controls are familiar after a few shoots, the resolution is great and the photo sharpness and quality of the jpg's are satisfying clients that need files right after the shoot.The focusing system delivers, concert shoots on Ai servo have proven that, magazines buying the images too.

Do you want to pay almost double the price than a second hand 1ds II for a bigger screen eating the battery, live view useless to most, disputable sensor cleaning and slightly wider/larger photos on the 1ds III ? I don't.

Love my 1ds II !



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

Review Date: Aug 4, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

Pros: Beatiful and very useful background blur / bokeh, it's not like blurring in PS with filters. f/2.8 + IS make it very useful for indoor events and model photography during sunset.Great for extreme close ups and experimenting with DOF.
Size, weight, price.People stare as if you're about to launch a space shuttle.

Using the 24-70 all the time, I found myself limited in the focal range, as I like to flatten the perspective a lot shooting portraits and love extreme close ups as well as street photography 'from a distance'.This lens is a real pleasure to work with both in the studio, outdoors and during indoor events, as well as outside playing with the great background blur.

The IS really works and once you've used it, you'll always want it.



Canon EF 28-105 F/3.5-4.5 II USM

Review Date: May 2, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

Pros: best price/quality balance found in a lens so far, fast and silent focus, not heavy, very useful, actually it is the lens I would recommend to start with, nice range, lots of options, good quality
hood should be included as standard, watch out with the sealing, soft wide open but not that much of an issue unless you print musea art all the time

Having used this lens for years with no problems and a lot of portfolios prints, I find it to be of the best /price/quality balance to be found in the ef line, giving you a good range for lots of options.

Switched to L-glass in the meanwhile, but keeping this lens as a backup or a replacement for risky shoots



Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM

Review Date: Apr 29, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

Pros: Fast and reliable focus, 2.8 @ 3200 ISO leaves the tripod home when needed, good hood for sun and shock protection, so sharp I don't always need the normally obliged unsharp mask, details in pixels, nice constrast
expensive price, weight requires steady hands, attracts bystanders

Having used this lens in fashion, street, event and nature photography it is what stays on the camera as standard.Requires steady hands and you won't need to work out your arms a lot when using this with a cam+ grip + speedlite unit.Difference with standard lenses is obvious at 100 per cent.The 28-105 USM II does perfom very well and costs 1/4 the price.What to choose ? Depends on your return-on-investment plans and the need of a fast lens.

I have shot concerts @ 5.6 , but L @ 2.8 really makes a difference.I would not recommend it to a person new to photography because of the high price better invested in prints and studying ( I started with 100 dollar lenses ) , but rather to someone who already knows what he/she is doing and wants to climb up.

Most studio portraits on my site are done with this lens.For extreme close ups I like to use the 700-200 2.8 and the 100 2.8 macro.