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Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM

Review Date: Mar 28, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,140.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Very well balanced, well placed rings, instant and precise focus.

I've only used the lens on a couple shoots so far but it has worked perfectly! The weight is perfectly distributed and it is totally balanced on my 5D w/ grip. Anyone crying about the weight needs to pay attention to what this lens is made of and get over it!

Since I might have to shoot in low light I did get a monopod just in case. The extra $500 didn't make sense for IS when I know it would rarely be needed and especially with the noticable softness that seems to come with it (extra elements).

This is my first L glass and I am really happy with it so far, highly recommended.

Canon EOS 5D

Review Date: Feb 21, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $2,970.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: weight, size, handling, big lcd, image quality
none - I've only had it one week though!

Canon once again shows their prowess in ascertaining what the market wants; a full frame, high-resolution camera under $3500.
I have been waiting for this camera for a couple years. Shooting film since 2001, there is no way I'd sacrifice image quality for a sub-12MP camera and definitely not one that wasn't full frame.
I got the grip, RAWshooter Premium (as recommended here on FM) and have really enjoyed using this camera over the last week, including one portrait shoot for a local mag.

Now Iím all set until they do it again with an 18MP camera (hopefully with 48-bit color)!

Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM

Review Date: Oct 3, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $449.95 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Sturdy, quick focus (with proper distance selection), sharp optics
High cost for add-ons like the mandatory lens hood.

My decision for buying this lens instead of the cheaper 85 or 100 ultimately came down to the minimum focus distance. While I don't shoot bugs or tiny products (usually) I like to be able to shoot intimately close at times and the other lenses can't do it.
There is a learning curve when you start using this lens but itís well worth the effort as the result is sharp, well defined images over the entire range. One thing I did differently this time is I got the overpriced plastic Canon lens hood (ET-67 - $39.95) to minimize flare plus it will help keep stuff off the glass.