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Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM

Review Date: Jan 7, 2009 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,000.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: Sharp, bright, bokeh, AF is fast
Not weather sealed like the "IS" version, zoom ring isn't as tight as other zooms used, not a fan of the "look at me" off white casing colour

This lens is a nice piece of glass. AF is very quick on my 1Ds MK II, and the lens has awesome boke. I'm a little disappointed that it is not truly weather sealed, as the "IS" version has gaskets in it ... so at some point, I'll have to opt for that (got the lens to start shooting outdoor sports). Using zooms from other systems, the lens isn't that heavy. I don't understand why it has to have that "look at me" light casing colour ... it would be nice to have something a little more subtle.

Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM

Review Date: Jan 7, 2009 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,299.00 | Rating: 8 

Pros: Sharp wide open, fast focus, great contrast
Price, maybe weight

I had been admiring photos taken with this lens on FF bodies, and was eager to add it to my collection. I was able to try it out before purchasing just be sure about focus accuracy concerns that have been mentioned ... but no issues.

This lens is now my fave lens to use, I just wish I had more things to use it for or even a body dedicated to use with it. Really fun lens to use, once you get over the pinch in the wallet.

Canon EOS 1Ds Mark II

Review Date: Dec 13, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

Pros: Build quality, AF speed, viewfinder brightness (wow), grip comfort, weather sealing, small RAW files for 16.7 mp, shutter sound, battery life, image quality, still good ISO performance
Button layout on top (2 buttons pressed to change ISO setting???), menu navigation, weight (which of course is to be expected at this level)

After being on a list since early October waiting for the 5D MK II, and having a price increase from Canon Canada ... I decided to look at what else the same buckaroos would get me. I was considering the Nikon D700, but realized it had very large RAW file sizes for 12mp. Then I saw someone on here considering a 1Ds MK II. I didn't even think of that, so I did my research to see what advantages it had of the new 5D.

For me, the gap between 16.7mp to 21mp is not an issue as far as print resolution. I'm not a big cropper and like to compose my photos properly to save time in PP. In actuality, I'm better off getting the 1Ds MK II because of the smaller RAW files, plus in order to use the 5D MK II RAW files, I'd have to upgrade from Photoshop CS3 to CS4, upgrade Lightroom to 2.0 and probably increase my CPU horsepower along with motherboard. SO there is a real cost savings in upgrading to this older model

AF focus is very fast with my prime lenses. Camera is heavy but feels great to hold. I can't wait to get a 70-200mm for snowboard shoots.

Image quality for my test shots so far (literally got it last night) are awesome. High ISO seems better than the 5D body I recently sold.

All in all, I really like this camera. LCD is crap compared to today's large screens, and the menu navigation is a bit of headache too. I'm not a fan of having to press 2 buttons to change ISO speed and some other settings, but I'm hoping this can be customized with one of the other buttons.

All in all, the image quality I've seen are awesome ... so from a sensor performance, this camera will continue to make me money.