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Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM

Review Date: Dec 10, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $369.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Sharp, light, compact.

Other lenses have come and gone in the 10 years I've had this lens, but this one has always delivered. Thus it's one lens that consistantly is in my bag. Sharp, fast focusing and relatively small. I use this lens a lot and have had no issues with it.

Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L USM

Review Date: Dec 10, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,149.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Very sharp, very fast, great contrast and color.

I got this to shoot in dark jazz clubs and have found I use it more than any other prime. It is extremely sharp with excellent contrast and is well balanced. It comes into it's own on FF.

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

Review Date: Dec 10, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,160.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Extremely high resolution at all focal lengths. Excellent contrast and color. Sturdy build.
The laws of physics and optics apply.

I was only going to test this lens at the dealer's to see if I could live with the 2 issues that have come up often around these forums: vignetting and distortion. The dealer offered me a good price and guaranteed return if I didn't like it. I tested it (on 5d) against my prime lenses in the applicable range and was immediately impressed. I have a stellar, extremely sharp 24 f1.4, which has been my favorite lens since I got it. Imagine my surprise when the 24-105mm beat it at every aperture. The same was (very) true with my 16-35mm f2.8L and 70-200 f2.8L. It beat my 50mm f1.4 and matched my 85 f1.8 and 100 macro. Had I read here that this would end up the sharpest lens in my collection (in this range), I would not have believed it. Vignetting and barrel distortion is not an issue in most circumstances and is easily dealt with in CS2. Coming from darkroom days, I always burned the corners as matter of style preference anyway. This lens is going to be on my camera often and for a very long time. The optical engineering that has gone into achieving success in this lens is prodigious. If you're on the fence over this lens, as I was, wondering if the downside was worth the convenience of having my 3 favorite focal lengths in one lens, my advice is to get it immediatly and enjoy it in good health.


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