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Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM

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Review Date: Feb 3, 2013 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $335.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Wicked Sharp, especially wide open. Great contrast, low distortion, Incredibly fast and accurate AF. Light weight, small.
Cons:
none.

This is an incredible lens. Wicked sharp, and great contrast and colors. The bokeh is is incredible! The AF is fast, accurate, and quiet.

This lens is small and light weight. I normally have it in a jacket pocket when I'm doing street photography so I can swap it with the 50mm that is mounted on the camera.

This lens is great on crop sensor, but shines on a full frame. I normally use this lens on a 5D, but I've used it on crop bodies in the past. This lens is great for just about everything, and is one of my favorite lenses for portraits.

Here are some shots using this lens and a 5D:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/scottscheetz/8347900939/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/scottscheetz/8347897627/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/scottscheetz/8285376439/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/scottscheetz/8045743894/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/scottscheetz/8110900214/


 
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM

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Review Date: Feb 3, 2013 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,070.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Sharp, good contrast, Lighting fast AF, accurate AF, Weather sealing, Good IS system. IQ wide open from 70-135mm is Great! Excellent build quality.
Cons:
IQ at 200mm wide open is a little weak. Flares very bad when shooting towards a light source even with the hood attached. HEAVY!

I've gotten some brilliant shots with this lens. The IQ is really quite good wide open, except at the long end of the range (~200mm). Its not terrible at 200mm, but its not as good as at 70mm, and no where close to a prime.

This lens is amazing on a full frame. The auto focus is lighting fast and accurate, even on a 5D. Weather sealing is great. I've shot in the rain several times without any problems. IS is great, and very beneficial for a lens of this range.

This is a heavy lens, but it has an excellent build quality. It balances very nicely on a gripped 5D.

Here are some shots using this lens on a 5D. (All are wide open)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/scottscheetz/8347899745/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/scottscheetz/8400255871/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/scottscheetz/8341162208/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/scottscheetz/8348959158/


 
Canon EF 28mm f/1.8 USM

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Review Date: Oct 31, 2012 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $400.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Sharp, fast and quiet AF, great build quality.
Cons:
A little soft on the extreme corners on a full frame.

This lens is fantastic. I use it on a 5D, and the 2 make a perfect pair. The colors and contrast are excellent. This lens is sharp in the center wide open, but a little soft in the extreme corners. Stop it down a little bit, and everything looks fantastic. The AF is fast, quiet, and very accurate thanks to the USM. This lens does very well in low light. I highly recommend this to anyone who needs a large aperture wide angle lens.

 
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8

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Review Date: Oct 31, 2012 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $179.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Very sharp wide open, good build quality, accurate and fairy fast AF, inexpensive.
Cons:
The AF hunts in low light more than a USM lens. Loud AF motor, and not as fast as a USM.

The original 50mm f/1.8 is a fantastic lens. The colors and contrast are fantastic, even when shooting wide open. This lens is very sharp. The build quality is much better than the version II of this lens, and the AF is a more accurate as well. The AF does have a more of a tendency to hunt in low light than a USM, but for an AF-D lens, it's very good. AF is a little loud, but it's not terrible. I highly recommend this lens to anyone who wants a 50mm, but doesn't want to spend a lot of money.

 

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