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Nikon D4S

Review Date: Jan 31, 2015 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $6,495.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Body build, auto focus, FPS, these cameras just work.
CF card one slot with QXD the other.

Everything about it other than the two different cards works well for myself, I would have preferred one type or the other. I do use the QXD slot more than I thought I would but CF would have been fine.

Didn't like the battery change from the D3 series but who likes change, they are not as powerful as the D3 series but still have plenty of power to get it done.

Coming from the the D3x and D3s these bodies are the best. The D4 couldn't convinve me to upgrade the D4s did, mainly because of the focusing system.

It is the best camera I have owned - period.

Nikon 200mm f/2G IF-ED AF-S VR

Review Date: Oct 14, 2013 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $5,900.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: IQ as good as it gets. Speed incredible.
I suppose one could list weight and price as a negative, but the performance to me eliminates both. If want the best Nikon has to offer, this is it.

Own many of Nikon's best lens, this is without a doubt the best they have to offer. Love my 85/1.4 but the IQ produced with the D800e/D3x, and D3s I presently use is incredible.

It even prompted me to purchase the D7100 for the extended reach, while waiting for the D4x or whatever body Nikon comes out with. I know the 200/2 will be up to the newest sensor.

With the D7100 + 1.4 ext I'll have my 420/2.8, can't wait for the 7100 to get here. Tried it on my V2 and again the results were very good. A 540/2! Yes sir, going to like/use this lens a lot. Should have bought it years ago.

My comparison to my 500/4, 200-400/4, 120-300/2.8 Siggy,
70-200/2.8 II, 85/1.4, and a bunch of other Nikon glass puts the 200/2 at the top of the list.

Nikon 105mm f/2.8 ED-IF AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor

Review Date: Dec 28, 2009 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $889.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: I have had this lens for about three months, excellent IQ, much more than just a macro. Focus speed acceptable, much faster than my Canon 100/2.8 which was was and still is one of my favorite Canon lens. Excellent build quality.

I use it on a D300s, D700 and D3s. As of late I use it more on the D300s as I prefer the crop body for macro. I use both Canon and Nikon although lately Nikon 90% of the time.

When I purchased this lens I hoped it to be on par with the Canon 100 macro, it is and more. A little better than I had hoped. The 100/2.8 did not have VR/IS, but I paid 1/2 as much for it. The new Canon has IS but costs more than the 105 so it is a horse apiece.

The build is very solid, much more solid than my Canon 100 however, the old Canon macro has traveled in my case for 5 years and never failed so I cannot fault it's build quality. I'm sure the 105 micro will perform equally over the next five years. I shoot close ups in 50% of my photography so this is an important piece of equipment for me.

I began using Nikon again about a year ago after using Canon for 20 years. The 105 VR, the 14-24, 70-300, and the 200-400, along with the above mentioned bodies have made the conversion work. I will acquire the 24-70 next and it may end up that the 105 is my only prime w/Nikon.
From Canon L primes to Nikon zooms - go figure.

Canon EOS 5D Mark II

Review Date: May 5, 2009 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $2,699.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: IQ/Resolution
None that concern me.

The IQ compares to the 1DsMKIII at less than half the cost. If I had not had issues w/ the MKIII I would think the combo of these two bodies would cover any situation. However after purchasing the D700 I now am in both camps with what I think is the best combo available today.

Unfortunately a bit expensive for many and it has taken me awhile to acclimate to the difference in controls. Maybe the replacement of the MKIII will straighten out my dilemma of building my lens arsenal on the Nikon side.

Until then Iíll use both systems with the 5DMKII always in the bag and becoming more versatile than many non owners might think.

Gitzo G1228 Mountaineer Reporter Mk2 Carbon Fiber

Review Date: Aug 16, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $590.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Very light weight, therefore I use it more. Compact so as my cameras go it goes.

For myself, a tripod should be as easy to use as the camera. A natural extension of the camera. I own several but this is my first carbon. I have used the 1228 LVL, for the last 9 months. I find I have increased my tripod usage as it subs as a monopod as well, lightweight, compact means it travels well.
May be a tad light for the heavier L lens but it has almost become a permanent attachment to my camera and I see the results. Don't always extend the bottom section if I need a little more security from vibes.
Using the 1228 w/ B-1 , I find it meets 98% of my needs. The more I use it the more I like it.