Canon EOS 5D Mark II Digital SLR Camera

The summer following my graduation from high school in 1970, I spent my summer job money on a Canon F-1 SLR film camera with a 50mm 1.4 lens, a 135mm lens, and a 200mm lens. I have never replaced that 35 mm film camera with an equal quality digital camera.

The primary point of desire now is the very fast f1.2 lens.  My preference is for natural light photography.  The use of a single flash in low lighting conditions generally causes more problems than it solves.  You briefly think you have captured a good image, until you take a close look at it.  Shadows, red-eye, and strange reflections make a mess of things.

With Photoshop, it is actually much easier to boost an underexposed digital photo than it is to correct the defects and artifacts caused by flash photography.  I'm not suggesting that artificial light or reflectors cannot be put to good use in photography, because they can.  It's just not my style of candid and informal shoots that do not require much set-up or excess baggage.

The equipment shown here is exactly the same as what I bought 40 years ago, except digital, and except the 50mm lens I want is the f1.2.  Before, I used a 50mm 1.4 lens. I also excluded the 200mm telephoto which I never really used.

 My wish list now consists of a Canon EOS 5D Mark II, with a Canon 50mm f1.2 lens, and a Canon 135mm lens.  I never had much use for the 200mm lens, and I dislike zoom lenses.

An additional 80mm lens and a 28mm or 35mm lens would be nice.

Dated this 21st day of June, 2010.

Louisville, Kentucky

Amazon prices 06-21-2010:

Canon EOS 5D Mark II - $2399.00
Canon 50mm f1.2 lens - $1479.00
Canon 135mm lens - $999.00

Total - $4877.00