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Canon EOS 7D

Review Date: Dec 24, 2014 Recommend? no | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 4 

Image quality

after 3 years, I have finally given up and sold this body. I bought it as a second Canon dSLR for sports and action use (5dMk2 not really fast enough for this work). At the end of the day, it just does not have good enough image quality in the mid ISO range that I often have to use with sports (320-1200). Soft muddy images compared to any other decent contemporary sensor. Great for uploading to web sites and modest res, but useless for large prints.
I am not prepared at this stage to buy the mk 2, will wait and see if the images are much better

Canon EOS 5D Mark II

Review Date: Feb 14, 2010 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: Fantastic image quality, small body, outstanding low ISO performance, manual HD video, cheaper than original purchase price of my 5D 1

I really cant bear reading these reviews criticising the FPS, shutter speed etc.

I upgraded from the original 5D only because of a flooding accident, which destroyed the 5D. The difference between the two cameras is amazing. No change in focus or FPS, but the image quality esp in low light is fantastic. The live view, and HD video with full manual over ride, what is not to like ?

To be honest, if you want a higher FPS rate, or quicker auto focus, then try another model. That is not where the strength of this camera lies.

Could not be happier

Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM

Review Date: May 28, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

Pros: Excellent focal length, image quality and IS
None really

Excellent day to day lens. I have a great collection of Canon lenses, but have not really had an 'allrounder' since the demise of my push pull 35-105 bought in 1990.

The image quality of this lens is excellent. Despite the negative comments from earlier posters I find the IS very useful indeed. Great low light capability for an f4 lens. Light enough to carry all day.

I am generally a prime shooter, and bought this for a trip to Europe. I am very happy.

Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM

Review Date: Dec 4, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

Pros: size, wt, focus speed

I have had this lens for a year, and my opinion has completely changed. Like most posters, I have used this lens mostly for low light portrait photography, but is it also an excellent walk around general purpose lens

When I used it with the 10D, the focus was often subtly off, and I was reluctant to use the lens wide open

Now that I am using the 5D, the lens has come to life. I prefer the true 85 mm focal length that I am not getting, and the focus is now spot on. The combination of FF and accurate autofocus has now raised my opinion of the 85 1.8 from 'nice' to 'fantastic'

Highly recommended with any top end Canon body, with top end autofocus

Canon EOS 5D

Review Date: Dec 3, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: FF, autofocus speed, high iso performance
Battery grip costs $500 in Australia. No other issues

I have just stepped up from the 10D after 2 years of flawless service and 24000 registrations. I was delighted with the 10D, but this camera is in another league. Apart from the battery grip being an absolute rip off, I have very few issues with the 5D. I will highlight the most significant delights

The autofocus is fantastic. I have had an 85 1.8 lens, which represented an 'average' combination with the 10D. It is now clear that with a narrow DOF lens, I missed the focus point far too often with the 10D. The 5 D is spot on, almost every time

The high iso performance just kills the 10D and represents a major step forward

The FF 12.8 mb chip is also fabulous. At last, my lenses function just as they did on a film camera, at the length they were designed for

The viewfinder is bright. The LCD is big, but I feel disappointing. It has nothing like the contrast or brightness of the LCD on my Epson P2000

I considered the 1dIIn, but to be frank I dont need 8 fps, would prefer the FF near 13 mb chip and the smaller camera. I am sure that the autofocus may be quicker on the 1 series, but I am yet to fault the 5D autofocus in nearly 1000 shots.

For the first time since my EOS 630, I have a camera that I know will last me for years

Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM

Review Date: Jan 23, 2005 Recommend? no | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 3 

Pros: all the other reviews on this forum....
Totally unacceptable backfocus ? issues with quality control

I bought this lens last week after reading this forum of reviews. This is my 6th Canon lens, and I have been using the EOS forum now for 16 years. This is the only time that I have been disappointed by a Canon lens. I kept the lens for only 24 hours and returned it to the store.

The lens was clearly faulty. There was significant backfocus, and even when focused manually it was very soft at F 4 or 5.6. I could not get rid of it fast enough.

The reviews on this site are almost universally favourable, but at other sites there are numerous references to this problem (see below).

I am sure that a perfect copy of the lens represents excellent value, and there seem to be many satisfied customers.