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Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM

Review Date: Jun 3, 2010 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

Pros: Really like the image quality. Robust and tough. The focus speed will spoil you for all other lenses.
Let's have an all black version, huh? We're not all out to showboat!

I bought this second hand in 2006 and is the only lens I haven't switched out or replaced since then. I had considered the alternatives including the f4 version and the IS version - which were the only Canon options at the time. I remember asking myself if I should spend the extra coin for the IS version. Obviously, I didn't. I doubt that I ever will spring for the IS version as long as this keeps working.

I often work with this lens in a studio with a monopod and people are often puzzled as to why when the flashes freeze motion. Well, it's less about being snobby about sharpness, more that my arms get tired holding a 1D with this on for hours at a time during a shoot. That says more about me than the lens because I still strap it on and still enjoy it very much.

Under the tripod collar are a few screws on the barrel of the lens. Somehow one of the screws got loose and came out of mount and lodged itself under the rotating tripod collar. Each spin of the collar meant that the now loose screw gouged out some of the paint. The lens still works fine, has a few battle scars but I check the screws now and then.

Domke F-3X

Review Date: May 12, 2010 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 8 

Pros: Lightweight, small, quick to shoot out of
Canvas sheds fibers over time

I've been consistently using this bag since 2006. As others say, it is a nice size and if you sometimes want to be ambitious with what you want to fit in there, a bit of creativity may be called for. The outer pockets are great in depth and width - I've shoe-horned a 24-70mm with hood reversed in the past.

I have not found a use for the single divider pad that comes with it except perhaps to pad out on of the loops which seperate the body and lenses inside the main compartment.

I have a green version. Over the 4 years of use it has faded - which gives it character I suppose. You can tell when you open up one of the outer flaps and inside is still unbleached by light.

Another thing I notice is that canvas sheds over time. I notice some fibers over the equipment - not a big deal - but I wonder if a cycle in a washing machine might not get rid of that problem. I'll investigate.

Despite the two minor points above it has in no way affected the functionality of the bag. I fondly take it on many travels though the next one I get might be a touch bigger - though I think this bag has got some go in it yet.