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Nikon D3

Review Date: Apr 13, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $6,000.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Design, features, build, speed, ISO, LCD
It may be too much of a camera for some..Other than that, NONE!

Ok first of all. I have been a Canon user for 12 years +.

Ive had the EOS 300D, 20D, 1D MKII N, 1Ds MKII.
Ive had tons of lenses, L series but some none L too.

I have always been a happy Canon user, but D3 changed all that..

In short: This is the camera ive been waiting for since my first DSLR. Its that good!

The design feels so rough, like a tough guy. Compared to Canon which would be a fine lady with nice curves.
It really feels as it can build you a house or you can take it to war! I feel like a man when holding and shooting it! Smile

Nikon has made a beautiful design, the rubber grip feels like it is melting into your hands, it becomes a part of you. All the features and buttons, the functions, everything is made so simple, that even I as a previous Canon user feels almost at home in an hour or two.

The ISO delivers the most amazing lowlight shots out of the box. The shutter sounds like a shutter and the camera is soo fast if you should ever need the speed.

The LCD is crystal clear and sharp as a prime lens. The viewfinder... OMG! Love it!

The battery/charger is unique and very well designed. The customfunctions are great and you can program a ton of individual settings in your own "Banks". The menu is easy to navigate and you can find almost anything without looking in the manual. Ohh, the manual.. Its a small bible on 400+ pages with everything you need, especially the Q&A part is quite nifty.

14bit RAW is a killer! 2XCF cards support rocks! The settings for 2x memory cards far exeeds Canon!

I could go on and on and on forever about this lovely piece of machinery, but im affraid i dont have the time, i want to go shooting with my D3 24/7!

No matter if you have tons of equipment in other brands, no matter if you have Nikon lenses or not, you should at least go to a store and try this baby out first..I mean, i never thought id see the day when i switched to Nikon, however i can say this today.. "Man, i should have done this a looong time ago"..

Nikon D3 - Takes you back to when photography was about photography!

*Highly recommended!*

Nikon 35mm f/2D AF Nikkor

Review Date: Apr 13, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $525.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Sharp, sharp, sharp, f/2.0, lightweight, feels solid.
No lenshood, AF not so fast.

Just switched from Canon EOS 1Ds Mark II to Nikon D3. I am used to have the 24-70mm f/2.8 lens, but felt like going "prime" a bit more from now on.

This 35mm is sweet. First of all, i love the 35mm, its a good "wideangle", it produces very sharp shots and it is easy to work with. Its a mix of plastic and metal, the mount is metal though and it feels solid build and at the same time lightweight.

AF works fine, though a bit slow sometimes, nothing crucial. When using manual focusing, its easy to use.

All in all a great all-round day lens that produces very sharp results and are easy to carry around.

Overall: 10 Build: 9 Price: 10

Canon EOS 1Ds Mark II

Review Date: Dec 14, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $3,500.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: 1D series design and build. Resolution, full-frame.
You kidding me ? None!

I have always dreamed of having the 1Ds Mark II. However due to the heavy pricetag, i went for the 1D Mark II N instead.

Now that the new 1Ds Mark III has shipped out, i was on the lookout for a 2nd hand 1Ds Mark II instead.

I found one! It is in good condition has a 130K shutter count and works like a charm! My EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM lens is even more amazing now, on the full-frame sensor.

If you are looking for 1D series design and build, huge resolution and full-frame, now is the time to go look for 2nd hand bodies and with some luck, you will find the camera of your dreams!

1Ds Mark II is not bad, just because a new version has been released, this camera rocks !

Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM

Review Date: Nov 15, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: L series quality, weathersealed, fast AF, great zoom area, build like a tank and it wont let you down!

An amazing piece of equipment! I had the 17-40mm from Canon on my 1D Mark II N body, but i found myself in need of more in the tele area and not so much wideangle.

So, i decided to sell the 17-40mm and get the 24-70mm instead.. Let me put it this way, i was right about my choice!

This lens is amazing in every way. Yes, it is heavy as many point out, but its not a problem to me, at all.

It's fast, its solid, its weathersealed, its L series quality and the zoom area is great for all-round use.

I use this lens for just about anything, except when i need more zoom i switch to the 70-200. This lens sits on my body for 95% of the time. I mostly shoot portraits, fashion and weddings and its great for all areas. Great studio lens also.

Trust me, if you need a great all-round zoom, this is the right way to get it and you wont regret it!

As for the price, its actually not so bad, considering the value you get in return, so go, go, go Smile

Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM

Review Date: May 21, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

Pros: Amazingly sharp. Good handling. Another world discovered (Macro). Option to purchase a tripod-colar for horizontal shooting. Great prize, compared to quality.
AF not as fast as you could hope for, but then again it is macro.. No IS, im hoping Canon will make a macro with IS one day, just as Nikon has.

Best macro lens for the price. Quality should have a red ring (L), build quality lags weather sealing (ive used mine in rainforrest areas, it did live through, but still..)

Im dreaming of the 180mm one day, unless Canon makes a macro with Image Stabilizer, until then this is the best out there, so do not hesitate, you wont be disapointed! Smile

Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM

Review Date: Sep 26, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: When you want the best, you get this one..
When you want the best, you just have to pay for it..

Well, ok.. hmm.. yes.. right.. That's how i feel about this lens, it simply knocks you off your feet, period!

It is solid, it is fast and it makes outstanding images, not to mention that the IS is beautiful and works like a charm.

Yes, i know it is expensive and with good reason, i whined too over the price, but trust me, as soon as you hold it in your hands and mount it on your camera body, you simply forget the price Wink

Best lens i have ever owned, number 1 in its class - it is the king!

Now go buy it, you wont regret it, i know i didn't! Smile

Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM

Review Date: Sep 23, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

Pros: Sharp as h... Not as huge as the L edition, cheap.
Not L, but you can live with that. Focus is not so fast.

I use this lens for portrait work, mostly. Sometimes when i want to make low DOF images, its great too. Images are crystal sharp, it may not be an L version, but its lighter, both in weight and in money. I will never get rid of this lens, not even with the 1.2 version in my back, since this lens is so easy to get around with and makes great images. So, dont hesitate, buy it! Smile