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Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM

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Review Date: Jul 31, 2013 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $360.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Small, light, not-white, sharp, excellent AF, nice background blur
Cons:
Tough to complain at this price. I do find it a bit annoying that Canon does not include a hood with non-L lenses.

Still one of my favorite portrait and indoor action lenses on the 5D3 and possibly Canon's best bang-for-the-buck lens ever.

 
Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM

70-300mm
Review Date: Jul 29, 2013 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,200.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Excellent IQ, fast/accurate AF, great IS, nice build quality & hood
Cons:
It's not cheap for a F/4-F/5.6 zoom...but given the pluses it's still worth it IMO

I bought this lens during a sale out of curiosity. I was often finding myself putting a 1.4X on my 70-200/2.8 II IS and was hoping this lens would be a bit more compact/convenient option to cover that range.

I was very surprised at the IQ and AF performance of this lens on a 5D3 and I'm actually considering selling the 70-200 at this point since I have some primes to cover that range when I need more speed. It's remarkably sharp...even with at 420mm with a 1.4X Kenko attached.


 
Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM Pancake

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Review Date: Aug 14, 2012 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $197.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Small, light, inexpensive, decent build quality, excellent IQ
Cons:
Vignetting on FF, would have preferred F/2

When this lens was first announced I had no real interest...partly because of the F/2.8 aperture. After folks started posting samples praising the IQ I thought for the price I might give it a go just for fun.

After owning it for a while I'm stunned at the IQ considering the price/size/weight. It's super convenient to have in a pocket or camera bag side-pouch for the occasional wide shot when I'm out with just the 70-200/2.8 II IS on my 5D3. Overall an amazing value and a little gem of a lens!


 
Canon EOS 5D Mark III

5DIIIs
Review Date: May 30, 2012 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $3,425.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: AF, IQ, AF, great user interface, AF, High ISO performance, AF...did I mention AF?
Cons:
Price

I think many of us were hoping for the successor to the 5D2 to be something with at least equivalent IQ and much improved AF. IMO the 5D3 delivers that and more.

Since switching to digital I've owned a few other Canon dSLRs including the 40D, 7D, 5D, 5D2 and 1D3. The 5D3 is by far my favorite digital body so far. The AF is excellent...very customizable and very accurate (even better than the 1D3 IMO). The camera is much more responsive than the previous 5D models and IQ in upper ISOs is the best I've seen from any Canon camera while low ISOs are still excellent. The camera has a very intuitive interface and is just a joy to shoot with...I actually get excited to use it. It's also simplified my gear bag now...I can cover all of my photographic needs with one camera body (something I was having a tough time doing since switching to digital).

Canon really got this one right IMO.