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Canon EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS USM

Review Date: Jan 15, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $2,500.00 | Rating: 6 

Pros: Versatile (to a point)
CA at wider angles

In search of a versatile travel lens I happily purchased Canon’s EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS USM lens soon after its release in 2004. After several weeks of using the lens, I found one of my biggest disappointments was the amount of chromatic Aberration (CA) apparent at its wider angles. Considering the cost of this “L” lens and discussing this problem with several FM’s who posted their initial reviews of the lens, I assumed the CA must be the result of a misaligned element and sent it to Canon for repair along with several photos which prominently displayed the CA problem. After several weeks I received the lens back only to find, to my dismay, CA at the wider angles still present. With no explanation from Canon, my only assumption at this point is that CA at the wider angles is a characteristic of the lens.

Canon EOS 1Ds Mark II

Review Date: Dec 25, 2004 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $7,995.00 | Rating: 8 

Pros: I’m very happy with the improved image quality and operational features of the 1Ds Mark II.
Neither the 1D Mark II or 1Ds Mark II has the DOF shooting mode which was available on the 1D, 1Ds and previous EOS film cameras… perhaps this feature will return in the next generation of the camera.

The 1Ds Mark II is a definite improvement over the 1Ds. Faster start-up and many other features such as the ability to view your images on a hotel TV set make 1Ds Mark II more “travel friendly”. Because of the 1Ds Mark II’s higher image resolution, I have to be a bit more judicious in terms of what lenses I work with.

Canon EOS 1D Mark II

Review Date: Jun 12, 2004 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $4,995.00 | Rating: 8 

Pros: Ditto on all that has been mentioned, but I'm particularly impressed with the fps.
Like the 1Ds, the earlier 1D also had the “Depth-of-field AE” feature, the 1D Mark II is lacking this feature.

I’ve had the Canon EOS 1D Mark II for only a few weeks, but overall I’ve been very impressed with the camera.