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

Review Date: Jun 10, 2015 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $2,000.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Great IQ at 2.8, sharp across the whole frame at 2.8 and No flare
Heavy, when are they going to make plastic lenses as good as glass

The only way I can make this lens flare is to point it directly at the sun and what I want to take a picture of is not in the frame. 200mm is a narrow angle of view.
I have taken hundreds of pictures of my Grandsons, birds other small wildlife and I have yet to get any off colour cast. The images always seem to just pop right out with very good sharpness. Yes, even at 2.8.
2.8 is a blessing to have on an overcast day.
Wide angle sigmas are the only lenses I know that give a yellow colour cast. I must have the 1 in a million good lenses from Canon.
I could not be happier with a 2.8 lens. I highly recommend it.

Canon EOS 7D Mark II DSLR Camera

Review Date: Jun 10, 2015 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,800.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: ISO is great, Love the 10f/sec and the number of cross type focus points
None. I don't compare APS-C cameras to $8000 FF

ISO is better than my original 7D which should be expected as the 7D is 6yrs old.

I love the 10f/sec but it sure burns through pictures fast. Then again it is easier to get that perfect shot of a bird in flight and the wings just where you like them or the head turning at just the right angle.

Great to have to the two card slots finally.

ISO 100 is the same on all cameras even when pixel peeping. This is where the 7D mark ii really shines. You get the 1.6 crop factor at 20.2 Mb pixels vs 11 Mb pixels on the 1Dx when you crop to have the same angle of view.
Yes, I know the FFs are better at higher ISOs and low light but at 100 ISO on a sunny day, you can't beat the APC-Cs for wildlife and birds.

Canon EOS 6D

Review Date: Jun 10, 2015 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,200.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Light, small and well built.
9 Focus points

Only 9 focus points...I have had to learn to use just the center point. It is working out just great, just took some time.

Easy to change the WB when I want to, I just press the Q button and I can change the WB. With the other higher end Canons you still have to press the same number of buttons or rotate the dials.

Lighter things does NOT mean poorly built. If you pick up a piece of light stainless steel and then pick up a heavier piece of plastic, you will think that the plastic is better built than the steel.

100,000 shutter actuations...does that mean it will automatically stop at that number...NO.

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

Review Date: Jun 10, 2015 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,400.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Light, excellent corner sharpness and almost equals the super great Nikon 14-24
Price of all Canon lenses. I want everything for nothing and Canon wants huge profits.

I could not be happier with this lens.
Comes very close to the highly rated Nikon 14-24 2.8.
This lens also has AF and IS which the Nikon is only manual focus on the Canon you have to have an adapter that will cause some loss of IQ on a Canon body.
I use it for real estate. Inside the home there is no worries for a small room. The customers are selling their home and not their couch so a 16mm wide lens is great.

Canon EF 300mm f/4L IS USM

Review Date: Jun 10, 2015 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,200.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: IS, Light, Great IQ

My 300mm needed micro adjustment with my 7D. Once the adjustment was made, the IQ was great. The IS worked great, it was the fining focusing that was out of align with my 7D.
It can double as a macro lens in a pinch.
I also use it with a 1.4X and I still get IS.

Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM

Review Date: Jun 10, 2015 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,800.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Fast AF, IQ and light
Sunny days are a must

Fast AF and especially fast when set to 8.5 minimum focus. Lucky my 7D can be set to ISO 1600 and get good results...sure helps with a 5.6 aperture.
I am very happy with this lens. Watch out birds...I am going to shoot you.

Canon EOS 7D

Review Date: Jun 10, 2015 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,800.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: ISO can't beat it for a APS-c, Noticeable difference in 7 sh/sec vs 4.5 of 6D and Nikon D800
Small screw can come loose inside and make the camera stop working or short it out completely

I paid top dollar for this camera when it was new on the market. I am not going to compare it to todays technology, that is unfair. I am not going to whine about the price as it was a good price for a new semi-pro camera.
I don't understand this soft picture stuff and only web size. I have a few pictures that are 20 inches by 30 inches printed...I could have easily have gone bigger if I could have afforded the framing.
A couple of them are at 1600 ISO.
I will update when I can afford to.