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Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM

Review Date: Dec 28, 2017 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

Pros: Very light with good image stabilisation and it's nice and sharp
You have to look after it as it's plastic but at this price you can not complain

Im a full time professional photographer who bought this along with a Canon 100D for my 9 year old daughter. She loves it and the camera. I used them today when our girls were sledging in the snow. I was not expecting much in the way of image quality but I got a shock when I opened the files up in photoshop. The sharpness is very good much better than I was expecting for a lens of this price. A wonderful starter lens

Sony a6000

Review Date: Dec 18, 2014 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 8 

Pros: Very small, well built, good sensor, pop up flash you can bounce.
Af slow in low light, kit lens not great but are any kit lenses. SD card is awkward to get out (that is being picky)

Im a professional wedding photographer but also a dad. I have found myself taking the big gear out less and less so I bought this to photograph my family. If you compare it to a compact, which in my opinion for price and size it should be, it's amazing. If you compare it to my 1DX with 24-70 F2.8 MKII not so good.

The focusing in good light, is very good.I find the AWB very good in most situations. Its very well made and feels solid in the hand.
Its very customisable which I like, making the camera so much more user friendly. We all like to shoot in different ways so it's impossible for Sony to make a camera thats perfect for everyone. Being able to change what different buttons and dials do is great.
Having shot SLR's for 30 years the electronic View finder takes a little getting used to, once you have, it works very well. The little pop up flash works great. When I go out with the family I don't want to be lugging flashguns around. Yes it's limited but with a low ceiling it works very well. The picture quality is very good. It's hard for me to judge because my other camera and lens are top of the range and together cost over ten times what this one does. I know you can buy much better lenses if you want to which I'm sure would improve things a lot, not that they bad with the kit lens. Even with the kit lens photo's at ISO 3200 are very printable. I never shoot in auto but with this little gem i can pass it to my wife or kids and they can leave the camera to do all the work. My kids love it, mainly due to the quick focusing. They press the shutter and a photo is taken. With my canon compact it's so slow they ofter miss the shot.

I got this camera a few weeks ago and I have taken more photo's of my kids in that time than the previous 11 months. Would I use this for work, BIG NO. Is it better than a compact camera BIG YES. I love it, I shoot 60 weddings a year but this little camera has given back my hobby, photography. I no nothing about video, all I can say it looks very good to me. Would I recommend it yes if you want to take control of your camera, if you want to learn photography or like me you are experienced and you want something small. If you just want a better point and shoot with great image quality have a look at the RX100

Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM

Review Date: Oct 14, 2014 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: Sharp-Sharp-Sharp-Sharp
I preferred the hood on the mark one

I owned the MK1 for many years shooting 50 weddings a year with it. This new lens takes it to a new level. It's so sharp right across the range. I was thinking of getting the sigma 35 F1.4 art before buying this and I'm so glad I did not. For weddings this is as good as it gets. The only down side is the lens hood is very shallow, i preferred the one on the Mk1. I own the 1DX and with this lens its like i have bought a new camera. LOVE IT

Canon EOS 1D X

Review Date: May 6, 2013 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

Pros: Low light, focus speed, rear lcd.
menu, cost

I have now had the chance to photograph a couple of weddings with the new camera having sold my 1D MKIV which i had for 3 years. The 1 DX is great camera to use and all the points that have been repeated many times on here about focusing and hi iso are all true. Is the camera perfect, well no but not far off. i don't like the new menu, it takes way to long to scroll from one section to the other. You can customise the my menu and save your favourites but only one set. With a camera which has so many settings a "my menu" one and two would be much better. I don't know if its just me but i find the ISO button to be set back a little to far and i find it awkward to use. No big problem as i have set the SET button on the back to change iso. The LCD screen is much sharper than the MKIV which i love.

To state all the things i love about this camera would take all day so with only a couple of negatives I'm sure this camera will last me longer than any other up to now. One last thing canon decided not to put any AF assist on the new STE 3 as their new cameras don't need it. Sorry canon they do. Even this camera will struggle in very low light like you get at a first dance.

Canon EOS 1D Mark III

Review Date: Jun 17, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

Pros: Handling and IQ straight out of the camera, low light focusing LCD is very good with true colours
Flash exposures no improvement at ALL!!!

In day light, the IQ straight from the camera is fantastic and will save me a lot of time. The handling is so much better than the MKII which i had before. It all makes sense, they must have been listening (ISO button at last). In low low light my MKII two would struggle and i often put it away to get out my 20D / 30D which was always better. Not any more the MKIII is a huge step forward in low light.

The main downside is the flash exposure. Why rebuild the camera from the ground up and then stick the old system in. It is no better than my old 20D or the MKII. If you have time and can do a pre flash yes it hits the mark. This can mean missing the moment. If someone is wearing black it will over expose and white it will under expose ( again if you have time dial in the exposure compensation and it's fine). The rest of the time it's a bit hit and miss