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Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L USM

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Review Date: May 30, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Amazing Bokeh, Very fast, silky smooth manual focus
Cons:
slow to AF when going from close focus to infinity, but this is because the lens is built with precise MF in mind.

Yes, that is right, I paid nothing for this lens. It's a long, but beautiful story. :-) I don't use this lens as much as I would like, but it's a great piece of glass to own. It is simply unmatched when it comes to portrait work.

There is a bit of a learning curve with this lens though. You will need to pay very close attention to your DOF, and it's also a good idea to take multiple shots of your subject. Sometimes if you move forward or backwards a tad, it will throw off the focus. Take your time with this lens, and the results will be stunning.


 
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM

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Review Date: May 30, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,600.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Excellent Range for sports, portraits. Sharp wide open, and the IS is great.
Cons:
It would be nice if Canon copied Nikon's QR tripod mount that was used on their 70-200mm 2.8 VR.

This is an excellent all around lens for sports and portrait photography. It's a real workhorse. This lens will work great with the 1.4x, but I would not recommend the 2x converter. I wish the paint was a bit tougher and would avoid chips, but you can't expect it not to chip when banged against cement or metal. Ooops. :-)

 
Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM

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Review Date: May 30, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Excellent range on a 1.3x body, excellent build quality, smooth operation, good closeup ability.
Cons:
Front element Extends, a little soft at 2.8 (to be expected)

This is an excellent mid-length zoom lens, especially on the 1.3x bodies. The build quality is excellent, and this has become one of my most used lenses. I didn't think that would be the case. The closeup ability is excellent (not macro, but better than any of my other lenses). There is a lot of bad mouthing about this lens lately, but I think some of that can be chalked up to user error. There may be some valid issues, but if you have a good copy of this lens, it knocks the socks off the competition. Highly recommended.