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Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L USM

Review Date: Jun 21, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,250.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: It's FAST, it's SHARP! Bokeh is fantastic. The best Canon lens on the market. Well, except its newer version II, which comes with improved AF.
Bulky, heavy, slow autofocus. Barrel extends when focusing.

Canon's got an 85/1.8 USM which is a better value for money. But what 85/1.2L offers you is far beyond initial expectations. Well, for half a price of another full-frame DSLR.

Sharpness, saturation and image plasticity are superb. And it gives you bokeh control like no other Canon EF piece of glass.
One may use this outstanding instrument to get fantastic defocusing effect shooting portraits or still life even at 10-15 feet!

It's speed is quite sufficient to shoot at low ISO values even at low light. Wide open outdoors it may require neutral filter.

Very solid built. Quite heavy, but its a price to pay for quality. Moving such huge amount of glass gives a certain load to AF mechanism, and it's a bit 'lazy'.

You should take great care of front and rear lens elements to prevent accidental mechanical damage while mounting and dismounting.

But for me now this lens is simply the best I own.

Sigma 12-24mm f4.5-5.6 EX DG Aspherical HSM

Review Date: Jun 4, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $620.00 | Rating: 7 

Pros: Super-super wide, fits full frame camera. Amazingly nice geometry (no distortion). Build quality. Low weight.
Vignetting on a FF. Too slow. Usually requires to be f-stopped down to 8/11. A bit too "bulky".

Well, it's a WIDE lens with little or no distortion. And it fits full frame. Optical quality is average at f4,5-5,6, but when stopped down to f8 it becomes acceptable. AF is fast. But I prefer to use manual focusing when shooting landscapes and cityscapes.
Build quality is good. Optical probles are common for super-wide lenses. I'd say, it's a good value for money.

Canon EOS 5D

Review Date: May 21, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $2,850.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: Superb image quality, good contrast and saturation, sharp details. Unbelievably wide dynamic range. Low noise even at ISO 800. Fast and accurate autofocusing. Bright viewfinder.
Costy. Not sealed from dust and water. Only 3 fps continuous shooting speed.

It's 'a giant step' for photography people. The first and only DSLR with full frame sensor. Dynamic range seems to be quite the same as for color reversible films or even more wide. More details in shadows and lights. AF works pretty fast and accurate. Nice built. No internal flash. But who needs in in a semi-pro camera?