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Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L USM

Review Date: Nov 9, 2004 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,199.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: It is fast, has creamy bokeh, and is fast (did I mention that it's fast?)...
It is a fat pig of a lens, heavy, and somewhat slow to focus...

This is not a general purpose lens, but it is an *exceptional* lens for available light portraits. If you do a lot of shooting in low light, and are willing to put up with the bulk and somewhat ponderous focusing, then this is a highly recommended lens. even at more than triple the price of the 85mm f/1.8.

Canon EF-S 17-85mm f4-5.6 IS USM

Review Date: Oct 23, 2004 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $500.00 | Rating: 8 

Pros: Useful focal length range for 1.6x crop, close focus ability, image stabilization, compact size
Some purple fringing

This lens on a 20D replaces a 10D plus a 17-40mm f/4L lens and a 28-135mm IS lens. So far, I miss the quality of the 17-40L, but the convenience of having one lens covering the wide-medium focal lengths is quite nice. This is a very flexible lens. It complements the 100-400mm IS nicely, making a good two lens kit for travelling. There is some purple fringing noticeable on backlit subjects, but it is minimal on my copy, certainly less so than on many current consumer point-and-shoot digicams. Sharpness is good, better than on the 28-135mm IS. Overall, recommended.