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Canon EF 200mm f/1.8L USM

Review Date: Oct 25, 2011 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: Optics. Color replication. Build. Legendary History.
Weight. Serviceability. Parts.

Acquired this legendary piece of glass several months ago, and boy it does not disappoint. Sharp wide open, but much sharper between f/2.8 and f/4. Color replication is outstanding. Optics is perfect. And build is consistent with all "L-class" level glassware. It's a wonderful piece of glass that Canon should've continued developing/produce prior to the 200L IS lens.

There are three 'cons' to this glass: weight, service, and parts. It's short and stubby in length, but it weighs a ton. Hand holding can only be done in spurts. I would recommend usage on a monopod/tripod, if you can. Secondly, service availability. Canon took this great piece of glass off their list for service. You can only fix it at third-party vendors if something goes wrong. Lastly, available parts. Since this glass has been discontinued, so has the parts. Hopefully the vendors who can service this glass have replacement parts for this lens.

Overall, I can now understand why people love this lens. It's legendary status is intact with this owner and will continue so in future!!!

Canon EOS 1D Mark II

Review Date: Nov 14, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,025.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: Built like a tank... Amazing AF speed in both AI Servo & One Shot settings... and FPS bursts...
2" LCD... Camera info not shown all the time on the rear LCD (like my Canon XTi)... No "dust" sensor cleaning...

Coming from a Canon XTi, I had to get use to the functionalities of this body (I still am)... It's a little quorky to get use too, but I'm sure in time I'll adjust nicely and configure the functions "on-the-fly" as I do with my XTi... Build is absolutely pro-level... No denying that this body continued the 1D legacy... AF is unquestionably quick and fast... I appreciate it more when I'm tracking my subject in AI Servo mode; absolutely fantastic... Going from 9 (XTi) to 45 (1DmkII) focusing points is a breath of fresh air... I love that flexibility... And going from a 3fps to 8.5fps is mind boggling to the ears... I can almost get 3x the frames, with the same amount of time, versus my XTi... WOW!!!

For me, the two true drawback is the 2" LCD and the lack of camera information continuously show on the rear LCD screen... I guess I'm so use to seeing the camera information always showing on my XTi... But I can counterbalance that with the other positives on this pro-level body... I'm appreciating my 1DmkII everyday and will continue to do so for as long as I have it in my inventory!!!