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Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM

Review Date: May 4, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $900.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: bokeh, contrast, sharpness, size, length, price, build, low CA, min. vignetting, focusing speed
It's not a f/1.2 (just kidding)

Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM

Review Date: Apr 7, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $599.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: Best zoom for a APS-C dSLR! Sharp, fast focusing, excellent build
Distortion at 17mm, corner sharpness at 17mm, the dang hood that always is getting in the way!!

Canon EF 50mm f/2.5 Compact Macro

Review Date: Dec 26, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $200.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: sharp throughout the frame, price, dof scale, infrared dot, mf/af switch
slow focus, loud

tack-sharp optics makes my photos pop with detail! This is really an affordable Canon lens. The build and autofocus aren't the best, but the price is great. My 50mm of choice was the 1.8-II, but this lens has replaced it except for when I *need* to shoot at f/1.8 - f/2.0.

Canon TS-E 45mm f/2.8

Review Date: Aug 3, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,050.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: Solid build, sharpness, interesting bokeh, more control over DOF & converging verticals
Need 100% viewfinder for full control of tilt-swing focus, weight, 72mm filters, propensity for collecting dust when in use

If you shoot products, this is the lens for you. Tilt/swing can make your subject stand out in the frame.

This is my first t/s. I love this lens, but am frustrated that I cannot see 100% of my image with the 20d. Because of this, the manual recommends you only use this lens with the 1DSMkII or EOS 1. The 20d's LED does show 100% of your image, so I've been zooming in after shooting to see if my tilt/swing is correct.

I have also captured some good architectural shots, but the 24mm TS-E is probably best for these shots. I will probably get the 24mm, but photodo has ranked it slightly less sharp than the 45 and 90mm. It also has a max. of f/3.5.