Blake Cook

Blake Cook

Lives in Canada Vancouver, Canada
Joined on Nov 6, 2001

Blake Cook's current gear

Canon EOS 5D
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
Canon EOS 7D Mark II
Sold my first 5D to buy a 5DII which I sold and bought another 5D. There is something magical about this body.
5D4 has most of the good things of the 1DxII but cannot match the micro contrasts and detail in the highlights. And you can drive tent pegs with the 1DxII :)
I kept the 7DII over the 5Ds. Same pixel density, crop and much faster writing to cards.
Canon EOS-1D X Mark II
Sony a9
Canon EF 11-24mm F4L USM
Anyone who tells you the 1Dx is every bit as good hasn't spent any time with the MkII. AF is more accurate, DR is better, -3EV AF is a big deal and Live View will AF on things so dark you barely can see. AWB is significantly better as is highlight recovery. Plus a bunch more.
I'll bet Canon can't even figure out how they got this engineering masterpiece so right. This lens will be legendary >25 years from now.
Canon EF 24-70mm F2.8L II USM
Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS USM
Canon EF 600mm f/4.0L IS II USM
Canon EF 70-200mm F2.8L IS II USM
Canon Extender EF 1.4x III
Canon Extender EF 2x III
Sony 1.4x Teleconverter (2016)
Sony FE 100-400mm F4.5-5.6 GM OSS
Sony FE 200-600 F5.6-6.3 G OSS
Sony FE 24-105mm F4 G OSS
Zeiss Otus 1.4/55
Zeiss Otus 85mm F1.4
Other gear:
  • Gitzo 5532LS

Blake Cook's previous gear

Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Canon EOS-1D Mark IV
Canon EOS-1D X
Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Canon EOS 5DS
Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM
Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM
Canon EF 600mm f/4.0L IS USM
Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM
The lens would be a 5 stars if it weren't so damned heavy. Heavy is better balanced on a gimble than the MkII, but hand holding it is a pipe dream for me.
Canon EF 16-35mm F2.8L II USM
Canon EF 17-40mm f/4.0L USM
Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM
I tried 7 of these lenses and bought the second best ( the best sold before I got back to it) Some were so poor it was difficult to MFA them because they weren't sharpe enough to establish a sharp point of MA
Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM
Canon EF 70-200mm F4L IS USM
Carl Zeiss Makro-Planar T* 50mm F2