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Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM

Review Date: May 28, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: Sharp, fast, colorrendering, contrast, closefocus, bokeh.
A bit large and heavy for a 35 but it is still a small lens.

You get what you pay for. This lens paired with a fullframebody is a perfect allroundkit. Slap on a EF 12 tube and you have a great flowerlens.
I just need this and a 85 or 135 and then I am done.
This lens is alot better than the 35/2 and I really recommend anyone who has a fullframecamera to buy it. I sold my 24-70 for this lens. I do not regret it.

Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L USM

Review Date: Sep 8, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: Fast!!! and sharp. Fantastic colors and contrast. The bokeh is amazing. Smooth and creamy.
Heavy (adds stability though). Slower focus than the 85 1.8. Price maybe? No it is worth every dollar.

Ive had 2 85 1.8 and also a 135L for portraits.
They are not in the same league when it comes to lowlight-shooting.
It is a huge difference between 135L @ 2.0 and 85 @ 1.2.
The added weight also adds stability. I use mine around 1/50th and get good results. Had a hard time using the 135L under 1/160th.
Stopped down to 2.0-2.5 the amazing color and contrast starts to show. Sharpness is good to very good wide open. The contrast is a little lower.

I love this canonball. It is the last lens I will part with.
This lens + 5D and 35L, thats all I need.