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Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM

Review Date: May 29, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: Everything

This lens is a must have when shooting on full frame bodies. It's my favorite lens, not only because is solid and fast, but also because it shows constant performance under any light conditions. Indoor, outdoor, day and night. A must have for street / documentary photography. I use it also for portraits, since it has a creamy and beautiful bokeh. No flare, no CA, no distorsion. Sharpness is very good wide open, gets better stopped down and at f2.8 you already reach the top. An optical masterpiece.

Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM

Review Date: May 29, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: Everything!
I had it calibrated (under warranty)

The best 135mm ever built. After calibration, I'm more confident in using AF even when shooting wide open. If you like the field of view of 135mm on full frame, you will get an unbelievable bokeh and DOF creative control. Contrast and color rendition are so well balanced that the images you take with this lens will always have a distinct character. In addition to that, no distortion, no CA, no vignetting.
The manual focusing ring is large enough and very precise. Being compact, light and black, you don't get noticed when shooting outdoor and it doesn't "intimidate" the subject when shooting portraits. Perfect for studio as well as street photography.

Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM

Review Date: May 29, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

Pros: Zoom range on full frame, sharpness, color, contrast, AF, IS, build quality
No zoom ring lock, it extends when carrying it upside down, vignetting at 24mm

If I have to choose only one lens (for general photography) to carry on a 5D, this will be the one. It's very sharp already at f4.0 so you don't really have to stop down for getting quality out of it. This will come very useful for shooting enviromental portraits, or even in a studio session. Definately a better compromise than other 3.5 / 4.5 or 3.5 / 5.6 zooms available. IS is very reliable and it gives from 3 to 4 stops advantage. This lens is a dream to use when shooting static subjects, but for freezing action a f2.8 zoom will be a better compromise for many. At least we got very good high ISO performances on digital camera nowdays to compensate a bit the lack of speed.
Considering the zoom range, it's optically amazing. Since this lens will be mostly used for shooting daylight outdoor, it's very positive not having to deal with CA, which is extremely well controlled on this lens. Both color and contrast are also top quality.
Unfortunately, it will extend easily to the longest zoom setting when carrying it outside a camera bag. This is probably due to the weight of the internal components and a slightly loose zoom ring. A kind of lock device would have been very appreciated.
If you can live with that, I think this lens can be used for professional work all the time without being worried about lack of performance.

Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM

Review Date: May 26, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

Pros: Sharpness, fast and silent AF, bokeh, size, price

This lens is amanzingly sharp from f2.0 on. Its build quality is not up to the L lenses standard, but perfectly adequate for the price. Apart from that, it meets all the requirement of a professional grade portrait lens.
I found backfocusing when using it on a 5D and I had it calibrated under warranty.

Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L USM

Review Date: May 26, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

Pros: Sharpness, contrast, color rendition, bokeh, relatively small and light for a f2.8 wide angle zoom

Before this lens, I used for several years a Nikkor 17-35mm on both film and digital.
The Canon equivalent doesn't seem to get always positive reviews, probably due to sample variations and/or QC issues.
Based on my experience, I think this is the best wide angle zoom for digital photography, a joy to use it on a 5D.
Contrast and color rendition are very natural, sharpness is amazing in the center at all the focal lenghts, even wide open.
There's some softness in the corners and some vignetting in the f2.8 - f3.5 range, but nothing to be worry about in real world shooting. I found CA very controlled even at 16mm. In my opinion, the weak point of this lens is flare. It requires a careful framing when shooting against the sun or with a strong source of light. I sometimes got red reflections of the lens elements inside the picture frame when shooting nightscapes. This can be particular annoying, since it will be more difficult to spot them clearly in the viewfinder while using longer shutter speeds.
Built quality and finishing are all very good, but I still miss the metal feeling of the Nikkor 17-35mm.
Autofocus is very precise, fast and silent. Absolutely top class.
A small note about the newer MarkII version of this lens. I got the chance to try it out and I found it slightly sharper in the corners from 16mm to 20mm. Flare was also much better controlled. Unfortunately, from 24mm to 35mm the older MarkI was way ahead, especially at closer focusing distances. Considering the whole range of focal lenghts (that's the reason we go for a zoom anyway), I still consider the MarkI a better solution.