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Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM

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

Pros: Versatile. Enables the photographer to work with one body and one lens. Image quality is superb. Almost all my work is at 2.8, Which provides a very smooth, creamy tonal range. But still retains great sharpness
Size. Build quality. Lens is quite fragile. Read below.

This is the lens that I do 95% of my photography with. What people have to understand here is that there is some sacrifice when you have a lens that provides you such versatility. I have used this lens since 2003, basically traveling the world with it. What I have discovered, the key to keeping this lens in top notch working order. The day I open one out of the box, I totally tape up the top half of the lens with a strong gaffers tape. This is done to structurally keep the lens taught. This helps eliminate any torquing that takes place with day to day walking around with this on your shoulder. By doing this ad hoc tape job you will have to give up your manual focus option. I know this sounds bizarre, but its true. Also I never and I mean never, do I walk around with the lens extended to 24mm focal length, for this really adds stress to the lens. If you want you lens to maintain critical sharpness for years to come and if you use the lens daily, almost year round like I do. This will keep it sharp. I know many of my colleagues who after 1 or 2 months of heavy use complain that it is no longer sharp. I can actually keep mine going for up to 3 years with out having to have the lens serviced.

To view my work with this lens go to and look at my work. Like I said earlier 95% of it is done on this lens. Also my book "My America" was almost shot entirely with the 24-70, 2.8.

We do not live in a perfect world. But for me this lens comes quite close to being perfect. Minus the tape job.

Yours Truly,

Christopher Morris

Canon EOS 1Ds Mark II

Review Date: Jan 4, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: GORGEOUS files. Nothing I have used before in the 35mm world compares with the images this camera produces. Hands down the best digital camera on the market.
Size and cost.

I have used extensively all versions of the Canon D series cameras. Staring with the D, Ds, the Mark II and now the Mark II ds. There is no going backwards, once you see the files from this camera, you will not want to shoot digitally with anything else. Trust me.

One drawback with the camera is that your workflow can really bog down. You need to max out the ram in your computer to work with these files. I always work with raws at 16 bit, which open up in photoshop at around 95mb. With the original raws unprocessed at around 15mb each. As you can see you can run into some serious storage issues.

Unlike the Ds, I have found that the camera looks best with the sharpening set to 1. And then I apply a very modest unsharp mask in photoshop. With these settings the details are phenomenal. Open them up at 100% and be prepared to be blown away. This has never happened to me before with digital.

Christopher Morris/VII