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Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM

Review Date: Dec 16, 2014 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $850.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: Sharp, fast at 2.8, weight is acceptable, fast focus, affordable now that Version II is out.
No lock on the zoom, the lens zoom movement (in and out) is opposite, large hood to cover-up all the movement, no IS.

I found a good price on a used V.I of the 24-70L 2.8. Sharp all the way up and down, fast, good for indoor use. Will hang on to this lens until I sell it and find the extra cash to purchase a used V.2. Seems to me $800-$850 is a reasonable price for a 9+ or better used copy. A new V.2 is just too expensive. Great lens when you can find a sharp copy at a good price. FM is about the best site to buy and sell.

Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM

Review Date: Mar 11, 2014 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

Pros: Affordable, good kit lens, nice range in the overall zoom, IS is solid, sharp image quality over the range
not f/2.8, wide open slightly off

Very good (not great) affordable L series lens...really an entry level 'L' kit lens. I think Canon knew the marketing link to the 5DM3 had to have a reasonable quality red-stripped lens. Overall, I am very satisfied, great walk around, solid weight and feel, good IS. Not sharp on the wide end, but really close. I must have a good copy, as it is clean over most of the range, just tweak back a little bit at each end. I think this is great lens for a non full frame such as a 7D. Paid $700 separately for my 5DM3, lots of these lenses on the resell/ebid market place. Tormented on the decision 24-70 or 24-105....the f/2.8 vs f/4.0 and $$$ at issue. Better if it was f/2.8, but I guess it would erode the model position of 24-70L f/2.8 both G1 and G2. I will pick up the 24-70 at some they say "why not".

Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Review Date: Mar 11, 2014 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $3,200.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: Features. menus and parameter set-up, full frame, quality build, excellent image resolution, easy to learn, AF multi-point, ISO performance vs. noise is excellent, reasonable fps, silent mode, dual memory options.
initial expense, strap is uncomfortable, pixel count could be a little higher, would like to see the video split out to a separate model/family.

I waited for the 5DM3 to come out, and fought with myself to switch over to Nikon's higher pixel models. Did tons of research and comparison the end the professional feedback and test trials...stayed with Canon and my lenses. Camera is excellent for people, wedding and landscape work; sports and action is okay once practiced. It has a solid build; easy to learn all the menus/features. Images with ‘L’ lenses are sharp and vivid, I rarely use the HDR. I work in manual most of the time...easy access to changing ISO and white balance is fast and simple. Lots of buttons/short-cuts. And the ISO range to noise ratio, along with 2.8f lenses, allows for working in most low light conditions. AF is an improvement, complex set-up for alternate AF points. Weight not a concern. It is an excellent model as a first ‘full frame’ if you did not own the 5DM2 previously. Would have liked to see this unit cost a little less initially (get rid of the video or split out that feature). Possibly higher pixel count, but I can print up to 13x19” (printer limited for now) with great results. A pop-up flash was a concern for spot work, but I do drag my 580EX around most of the time for better results and fill flash. Very happy overall with the 5DM3 as amateur photographer, it is an excellent wedding camera and it should hold me for 3-4 years until I round out my lens collection (and then next models are released).