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Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Review Date: Apr 2, 2012 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

Pros: High usable dynamic range Low noise at high speed Good AF Only 22 MP
Only 22 MP High price

I made many shots to see how the AF is and how good the noise performance is. printed A3+ prints to see pictures made at 10,800 ISO. I used Imatest to make a complete test.

From ISO 6400, the resolution decreases more strongly at the Canon 5D MK2 than the Canon 5D MK3. The noise performances of the Canon 5D MK3 are better, the profit is between 1 and 2 stops, depending on RAW or JPEG. A major advancement, about 2 stops at ISO 100, is made in the usable dynamic range. In addition, the camera body is greatly improved. The frame rate is increased and the grip is improved. The AF system meets high expectations. You don't see noise at 10,800 ISO, A3+ prints.

After familiarization, it is a pleasure to work with the 61 AF sensors, the AF speed is high and fast moving objects are properly followed.

My complete test:

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

Review Date: Feb 22, 2012 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

Pros: High optical performances Fast AF Effective image stabilization Sealed against dust and water Nice bokeh
High purchase price Large and heavy

I use this lens in my studio and in the field. My camera is a 5D MK2. The autofocus is fast and the image stabilization is very effective. The weight is substantial and the finishing is of a high level. Optically, there is little to be desired of the lens. I like to work with a small DOF and it is possible to use this lens at f/2.8.

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

Review Date: Feb 17, 2012 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 7 

Pros: Low vignetting Fast AF Handy zoom range· Seal against dust and water
Strong distortion at 24 mm A bit too high chromatic aberration at 24 mm Not a very nice bokeh Hefty purchase price in relation to moderate resolution in the corners at 24 and 105 mm

The combo Canon 5D MK2 and Canon 24-105 mm I use a lot.
But, it must be said, files made with a Canon 70-200 2.8 II look crispier. Futhermore, bokeh of the 24-105 is pretty bad. Here my complete story:

Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM

Review Date: Feb 15, 2012 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

Pros: Very good sharpnes Very low distortion, CA and vignetting Equal image sharpnes over the entire image Nice bokeh Effective image stabilization at normal distances
Sensitive to backlight Limited effectiveness of image stabilization in the closer area High purchase price

I use this lens on a 5D MK 2 and on a 600D. This report is based on the combo lens + 5D MK2.

The Canon 100 mm IS Macro performs very well on almost all points. The resolution is very high and things like distortion, vignetting and CA are very low. In addition, important in macro photography, the bokeh is very nice. The lens is very solid and the AF works fast. The image stabilization is effective but not in the nearby area. Only in terms of sensitivity to backlight, the Canon performs only moderately.
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