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Canon EOS 1D Mark III

Review Date: Mar 25, 2018 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: Spot metering
10 megapixels fall short. Way short.

I use this as a second body for ice hockey. It works but unfortunately 10 megapixels misses the mark with this APS-H 1.3x crop body.

I should have bought a 1D Mark IV instead.

Canon EOS 1Ds Mark II

Review Date: Mar 25, 2018 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: It just works. Everytime.
Battery maintenance.

I still use my 1Ds Mark II. It's reliable and it's consistent. Sometimes the files it produces are magical.

I bring it along whenever I'm out shooting with another newer camera. It has saved the day on more than one occasion.

I don't know how, but it seems to work just fine with all my lenses and I've never had any complaints about back or front focusing.

My only real complaint is the buffer. I hate waiting to make a shot and this has happened on occasion. Also it is a pain to keep the NiMh batteries in a state of readiness.

If you can pick one up for a good price, it's worth consideration.

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

Review Date: Apr 5, 2016 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $2,000.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Sharp! Great contrast! Feels like a tank.
Price! Weight.

I owned the first version of this lens for ten years or so and was always impressed with the results.

I sold that lens on the weekend for $1200 Canadian (ouch), and picked up a used version II today. It looks brand new. The only missing from the sale was the box.

But when I put the lens on my cameras, I noticed that the Image Stabilization is noticeably better than the V1 of the lens. But moreover, this lens is INCREDIBLY sharper. Maybe my V1 lens was a dog, I don't know. This one blows my old one out of the water, though in reality it's just a small improvement - but improved enough I can see the difference on the camera LCD.

I put a Canon 1.4X II TC on the lens, and the AF seemed just as fast. Not so with my older V1 lens.

I'm very impressed. Now I have a 100-400L IS to upgrade (ouch).

I think it was worth the difference of $800 Canadian that I paid to upgrade, but maybe I'm just crazy.

I don't think you can go wrong with this lens, particularly if you like making portrait shots, and especially for indoor sports like ice hockey.