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Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM "A"

Review Date: Apr 10, 2015 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: Sharp, price, build
none so far

What a lens..I have had the 35L for many years and have loved it.
However, this Sigma is on a different level altogether.
The wide open resolution is outstanding and the contrast is superb

I am especially impressed with the USB dock which allows multiple adjustments of focus at different distances...the result, a very accurate system
Well done SIGMA

Zeiss 50mm f/2 Makro-Planar T*

Review Date: Oct 31, 2014 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: Build, colour, macro

Best 50mm macro I have tesed
Even though it is not autofocus, the image quality and colour more than makes up. Great piece of glass here

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

Review Date: Aug 11, 2014 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: Solid and sharp, IS

The best 70-200 to date. In fact it creates images that are comparable to prime lenses in the same zoom range.
Just brilliant.

Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM

Review Date: Jul 19, 2014 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: Good range, Image stabiliser
none so far

A grey walk around lens at a very decent price. IS comes in very handy and the image quality is well above average at all focal lengths. Had the 24-70 2.8L (v1) and was happy, however too heavy. Well pleased for the change to this lens.

Canon EF 16-35mm f/4 L IS USM

Review Date: Jul 18, 2014 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: 77mm filter, 9 blade aperture, IS
none so far

Great results at all focal lengths. Shooting f4 and getting sharp corners is a luxury for a super wide zoom in Canon and requires some getting used to. A very comparable lens to the 17mm TSE. The 16-35mmf4L IS has slightly better coatings than the TSE.
Excellent quality and build. Some might find it a little bit pricey, but I think it is in a completely different league than the 17-40, so cannot compare the two. Like I said, its closer to the 17 TSE in image quality.

Zeiss 21mm f/2.8 Distagon T*

Review Date: Jul 6, 2014 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: Build quality, image quality, look

From 2.8 this baby shines...outsanding resolution to the edges and great for landscapes..deliver a particular look which is beautifully suited to landscapes.
5 Stars.

Zeiss 28mm f/2 Distagon T*

Review Date: Jul 5, 2014 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: Great look, micro contrast

This lens has a unique look. It seems to "pop" more than the other ZE lenses in my arsenal. Extremely Sharp in the center at f2 and stopped down to 5.6+ the edges are excellent.
A tad CA but nothing that any RAW software can't fix.
Overall a lovely piece of glass

Tamron 14MM F/2.8 Aspherical (IF) SP AF

Review Date: Oct 24, 2013 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: Sharp, cheap price as compared to Canon
A tad flare prone

I had the Canon 14mm L II for around 2 years and was generally happy with the results. I couldnt justify $2k for the amount of times I used it.

I sold it a while ago.
I recently purchased the Tamron as it was under $500 and I read some reviews.
The lens is tack sharp in the centre at 2.8 and only gets better stopped down.

The edges are almost as good as the Canon, but the Canon has the slight edge.
CA is easily controllable in post , so that is a non issue.
I am very impressed with this lens that manages to produce sharp contrasty images for a quarter of the price of the Canon.

At certain angles to the Sun, it promotes some flare, but nothing major

Definitely a keeper.

Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM

Review Date: Oct 2, 2013 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: Compact and lightweight. Good zoom range
if they could make an f4 this light, that would be great...

This is my second copy of this lens.
i purchased this several years ago and used it for landscapes. I then sold it and acquired the 16-35 II. After a few years in the field, I looked back on my old photos with the 17-40 and thus proceeded to sell the 16-35 and re purchase this lens.

Its sharp, controls flare beautifully and the contrast and colour are "L" quality.

Bargain "L" series lens.

Zeiss 35mm f/2 Distagon T*

Review Date: May 31, 2013 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: Solid, sharp, great colour

Amazing glass in a nice package. I use this mainly from f2 to f4 and the image and contrast absolutely shine.
I have been using the Canon 35L for many years and was happy, but I wanted something that can give me better color and microcontrast for that "realism"...Zeiss fits that package to a T, or should I say T*.
Great lens and design..if it was Autofocus, it would probably be double its price. Nonetheless, a great lens for general photography.

Canon EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM

Review Date: Apr 22, 2013 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: Lightweight, razor sharp, IS
A tad expensive, you pay for technology I suppose

An amazing performer. I am a professional and use this without hesitation, it is so sharp and has that "look" that I so like in a semi wide prime.
Great for portraits and general streetscape.

The only thing missing on this lens is a red ring around it, it is an absolute gem and a solid performer under any lighting conditions. 5 Stars *****

Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM

Review Date: Dec 14, 2012 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: 1.2, bright viewfinder and fast focus, excellent build.

You get what you pay for, this is a specialised lens for low light situations.
I use it mainly between f1.2 to f2, outstanding bokeh and colours.
Pricey lens but well worth it.

Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Review Date: Apr 19, 2012 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $3,500.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: 1 Series performance at a highly reduced price.
None yet.

I have had this camera for about a week and put just over 6000 images through it.
Incredible machine.

I have used it to track Ferrari's Porsches and a few Lamborghini's at a track day yesterday and it did not miss a beat.
In fact the hit miss ratio exceeded my 1DmkIIn..easily.

I have had 1 Series cameras generally and my last full frame was two 5DmkII's. Being a professional photographer i like to put the camera through its paces.

The one thing that has got me very impressed with this unit is the incredible focusing system. I have three words... WELL DONE CANON.
Its about time they incorporated such a system in a non 1 series body..much appreciated.

The noise and image quality is superb.
Overall I rate this as 10 stars all the way.

If I have to be critical in my observations, the frame rate of shooting (6 fps) is perfect, but it does fall off to around 4.5 fps if the battery power falls below 30%.
Installing a freshly charged battery brings the fps back up to 6.
Maybe I need to get a battery grip and load it with two batteries, see if that makes a difference.
Apart form that, the camera is the BETS VALUE for money.

Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II

Review Date: Feb 12, 2011 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $2,500.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: It performs its task to a T. Very impressive image quality..even at the edges.

The feel and build quality is AMAZING. It makes me want to sell my 5 year old gear and buy ALL the NEW stuff Canon is releasing..beautifully constructed lens.
Optically I have nothing but HIGH Praise. The Best on the market by far. 5 stars all the way with this lens.

Canon EOS 5D Mark II

Review Date: Mar 13, 2010 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $3,200.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: image quality, excellent HD video
focus speed is wanting a bit..

As far as image quality goes, this is the bees knees. Also Hd video is superb. I have used the body for all sorts of photography (including motor-sports) where I find the focus doesn't keep up all the time.

I have a 75% keeper rate with this body using excellent long lens technique, as compared to 95% keeper rate with the 1DmkIIn with a higher frame rate.

Overall a great camera for what it is capable of.

Canon EOS 7D

Review Date: Mar 13, 2010 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $2,000.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Lightweight, great quality, blazingly fast foucs
none yet

First impressions of this body are:
Great features and build quality. It is my 10th Digital camera in 6 years.
I started with a D60, then 20D,30D,1D, 1DmkII, 40D,50D,1DmkIIn, 5DmkII and now a 7D.

I must say that the 7D had taken me by surprise, especially the is on par with my 1DmkIIn and that is a very good camera indeed.

Also the image quality up to ISO 3200 is fantastic, 6400 is more than usable especially if slightly overexposed.

WELL DONE CANON, this is the "3D" I have been waiting for...


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