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Epson R800

Review Date: Jun 16, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: Beautiful and very accurate prints.
Difficult to set up. Expensive ink.

I've had the R800 for a couple of years. I shoot with a Canon 5D and I have to say that I am still blown away with the quality of the prints from Aperture (v2.1) on the Mac (10.5.2). Those great prints come at a price. I spend a ton of money on consumables. A full set of inks is over $100. The second is that the set up is non-trivial. It probably took 2 hours of searching the internet for a decent step by step setup guide that gets the most from the printer on a mac. You could very easily decide that good prints are impossible because there are about 20 things that you can do wrong in configuring your output and calibrating your screen.
But nobody ever promised me that photography would be easy or inexpensive. Often we are grateful for tools that can get the job done. I'm in the process of buying the big brother of this printer, the R1800 used from somebody else who gave up. I'm just glad that my prints can look as good as they do.

Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM

Review Date: Apr 27, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,600.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: f2.8 16mm Awesome Quality

A good copy of this lens is as good as a super-wide-angle zoom is going to get for full frame. The corners are practically as sharp as the center at f4! Chroma aberation is hugely reduced compared to previous efforts. Canon has finally done it. I would postpone purchase if possible until the price comes in line with usual discounts.

Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L USM

Review Date: Feb 3, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $950.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Very sharp for a fast wide angle lens.

Great FF wide-angle lens! I bought this lens used from B&H in 10 condition and I must say I scored. Sharp all the way to the corners? I would say that if you could measure it with something in the corners that was the same distance from the lens as the center you would find nothing to complain about. Remember that wide angle lenses have to be very close to a focus chart to fill the frame and the difference is distance between the corners and the center is enough to push the corners outside the plane of focus.
Mine has very low C/A and is much better at f2.8 than my 24-70L. Wide open you can shoot at 1/30th of a second and have a super sharp image. That makes this my best low-light lens. The distortion, flare and bokeh (at 1.4 you bet) all really wonderful. The Ee-S focus screen makes it easier to judge if the narrow depth of field is exactly where you want it.