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Canon EOS 6D

Review Date: Dec 18, 2013 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $2,000.00 | Rating: 8 

Pros: Price for a full sensor camera, good ISO
poor quality view screen, not a 5D series camera in terms of control, low shutter count

The 6D is Canon's least expensive full sensor DSLR.

My primary camera is the 5D mark iii and I used this as my second and backup camera, so the caparison is perhaps not fair, but I will make it. These comments are for those debating about purchasing this camera or a 5D (mark ii or iii)

First the negatives: I don't like the view screen on this camera. The camera is modeled after the 60D and I miss not having certain controls like white balance and flash power easily accessible like the 5D series. The shutter count is about 1/3 that of the Mark iii, so if you're taking 100K photos a year like me, the shutter won't last as long.

The positives: though not nearly as "sexy" or high performance as the mark iii, at the end of the day it takes the same photo. Its autofocus system is slightly better than the Mark ii and it's ISO is very good. I'm still happy that I didn't spend an additional $1200+ for a second mark iii.

Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Review Date: Feb 16, 2013 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $2,975.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: improved auto focus over the mark ii, nicer view screen, a sexy camera
certainly this is the finest fo the 5d series, but the jump from the mark i to the ii was bigger than the mark ii to the iii making room Canon for the mark iv?

This is a sexy camera and arguably the finest DSLR in the world right now.
The jump from the mark ii to the mark iii is significant in the auto focus (my 50 1.2 L now works beautifully). It focuses more quickly, especially in low light.
I also like the how if feels to hold over the mark ii. The menu is an improvement, as well as the view screen.

Three things that Canon didn't improve much from the mark ii
1. the ISO sensitivity from the mark i to the ii was huge! The ISO quality jump to the mark iii is significant. Grain on the mark iii at 6400 ISO is like 3200 ISO on the mark ii.
2. The video capabilities aren't that different on the mark iii (and the mark i has no video).
3. 21 megapixel for the mark ii, 22 for the mark iii (the mark i was 13).

I am happy that I spent $2975 for this camera. Its a significant jump up in the auto focus and shooting weddings with my mark ii using a wider angle prime lens and the mark iii with a more telephoto prime lens is a nice combination.

If you're a pro like me, get the upgrade! I probably waited longer than I needed.

Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM

Review Date: Feb 16, 2013 Recommend? | Price paid: $1,000.00

Pros: who doesn't like this lens? the best L for the money, great candid lens
it's not as practical a portait lens as the 85

Love it love it love it! (who doesn't) it works well with my 50mm 1.2 for weddings and events.

Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM

Review Date: Feb 16, 2013 Recommend? | Price paid: $1,450.00

Pros: 1.2 f stop
inconsistent focus on the mark ii

On my mark ii it was hard to focus it sharp under 1.8
With the mark iii (perhaps I should be reviewing the camera?!), it's brilliant. I have the 35L, 85, 135L and the 24-105L. The 50 1.2 is on my camera 50 percent of the time.

Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM

Review Date: Nov 29, 2012 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,500.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: It's the lens that spends the most time on my camera. It's sharp. It's a great all around focal length.
It's doesn't focus well in low light sometimes with my mark ii. I look forward to using it with a mark iii down the road.

Even though I've calibrated this lens, I've never seen it sharp at 1.2 or 1.4.
I also love the 35m mm 1.4 and it focuses well and it's consistently sharp even full open.
But the 50mm is a better all around focal length for photographing people (horizontal shots or vertical).
The 35mm 1.4 and 135mm 2.0 make a solid combination for shooting events.. but solo.. my 50mm 1.2 wins for me.

Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM

Review Date: Nov 29, 2012 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,000.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Canon's best L lens for the money. Size and weight. It's a an excellent candid lens
not much... perhaps it's not as practical for portraits as the 85 1.2.