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Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM

Review Date: Sep 30, 2011 Recommend? | Price paid: $1,700.00

Pros: lens has been fixed by canon perfect now
poor quality control

I am a lot happier with the lens since Canon have serviced it. Luckily the Rugby World cup is running in NZ & specialist equipment & technicians are in the country who were able to recalibrate lens to perfection.

My Rating would be a 10 now

Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM

Review Date: Aug 29, 2011 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,700.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: As wide as I am prepared to go on full frame when shooting interior portraits & groups outside. 2.8 is sharp 5.6 is really sharp
1.4 is unusable, 1.6 is unusable, 1.8 is unusable, 2.0 is just usable

I had been wanting this lens for a while & finally bought it. I was initially pretty disappointed as I own an 85LII which is sharp from f2.0 in most situations & with careful control is sharp at 1.2. The 35L I have is blurry at 1.4, 1.6, 1.8 & starts being usable at f2.0 by 2.8 is is pro sharp. F5.6 is where I try to shoot it & it is very sharp there. Colour is saturated so much so I have to desaturate for skin tone -20 vibrance in lightroom when shooting mixed lighting event work. It is a lens I am learning to like & find I use it a lot. I would like a lens as good as my 85L but it is not to be. The competition in auto focus lenses out there are not better. I shot some landscape & have yet to really check those out. At 5.6 this lens is very good & the colour is pretty darn magic so thats where I will have to use it.

Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM

Review Date: Sep 27, 2010 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: Very sharp, nice colour, smoothest bokeh
tripod needed, manual focus for critical work, thank goodness for liveview 5Dmkii

Just received a second hand 85L Mkii lens & feel like I made a life changing decision. No more pining for the perfect photographic tool because this is pretty close. Coming from a 30D 17-55 & 10-22 I will miss the handheld IS functionality but gain a huge wow factor. I have dusted off my light meter, tripod & am looking forward to some liveview manual focus goodness. The out of focus is amazing. And so sharp takes me back to MF days but much more immediate. Awesome! Sorry nikon but in spite of a better body you don't have this lens. (I have owned the Canon FD 50mm f1.4, Nikon 85D f1.4, a leica 50mm f1.4 Summilux & a Hasselblad with 80mm CF) This lens is special. I am so looking forward to shooting portraits with this.

Nikon 85mm f/1.4D IF AF Nikkor

Review Date: Jun 6, 2010 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,400.00 | Rating: 8 

Pros: 85 1.4 is a nice aspect
shadow detail

I have used this lens extensively in available, flash, & fluorescent light. I have shot wedding, portrait, fashion & product with it. Wedding & portraiture it is fantastic as good as canon's 50mm f1.4 FD mount lenses which I have owned as well. It's one let down in comparison to my 50mm 1.4 summilux leica optics is in shadow rendering, there is a lot of missing data which is frustrating when shooting dark textures like hair & skin tone, so I sold it. I will try the Zeiss Makro-Planar 50mm f/2.