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Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM

Review Date: Apr 4, 2005 Recommend? | Price paid: Not Indicated

Pros: -135+1.4X combo:wonderful -portable,sharp platform

UPDATE: EF 135 f:2L
I recently brought along this lens with the 1.4X on a trip to beautiful Vancouver...I transfered my memory card to my Epson P-2000 card reader and was immediately apparent how well this 135 +1.4X combo works.Wonderfully sharp and contrasty images in a light package.
Gotta remember:w/20D and other 1.6 sensors,your shooting with an effective FL of keep that shutter speed high.

Canon EF 200mm f/1.8L USM

Review Date: Mar 13, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: The Champ. Tack-sharp.Fast.If resolution is your interest,this is the ultimate.
Yes,it's expensive and discontinued.And heavy...7 lbs.

Yes,very expensive.But hey,this is the ultimate in resolution.For those making large prints,the detail is here.Off the shelf.
No, it doesn't have the flexibility of a zoom.And yes it is very heavy...definitely not a photojournalist's lens.
I mainly use this for nightime shooting and wide field astro-photography.Possibly the best corrected photo lens for spherical aberation.Only a true apochromatic refractor will outperform this shooting at infinity.
Talk about speed: recently shot a football game...shooting 100 ISO at 1/3000th of second when a buddy shooting with his 300:2.8 had to settle for 1000th.You could see the expression of the eyes of the players...just amazing.For those who insist on a longer FL,add the 1.4X.No sweat.You get a 280 @f:2.5.The front element is huge...the same size as the front element of the 500:f4 !
Simply my favorite lens...when the sharpest image is needed.
I recently bought a 135:2L,which also holds it's own...and alot more portable.
If you get a chance,try the 200:1.8 once.The images are simply unbelievable when enlarged.

Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM

Review Date: Mar 13, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: Ultra-sharp at all apertures,light,super-fast at f:2.

Just bought it.Absolutely first-rate optics.I need fast lenses which are sharp wide open.This complements my 200:1.8 wonderfully.As a bonus,it doesn't weigh 7 I will be using this as my pick-up-and-go lens.A MUST for those demanding pin-point sharpness wide open...and highly portable.
I have only partially star-tested this lens,but so far I find no reason to doubt this is Canon's second sharpest optic,behind the 200:1.8.
Star Test:
Enlarging a star's image is the ultimate test one can perform on a lens.By taking 3 exposures: one in focus,and the other two inside and outside of focus.Then upon enlargement,check the shape of the Airy disk. It should be uniformly round,not eliptical.
Spherical and chromatic aberations on the 135:2 and 200:1.8 are simply outstanding.
By comparison, my 300:4L and 28-135 IS show significant spherical aberation.For example,the 200:[email protected] reveals considerably more and sharper craters than the 300:[email protected],despite having a 2/3rd image scale.
Both the 135:2 and 200:1.8 are very expensive but worth the money if you intend on producing large,detailed prints.