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Canon EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM

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Review Date: Apr 3, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $400.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: VERY SHARP, great build, great feel, smooth focus ring, light and discrete compared to white L tele-zooms, extra fast AF, very good with Teleconverters, heavenly bokeh.
Cons:
Less flexibility than a 70-200 F2.8 zoom.

This is an amazing lens.

Image quality is no short of exceptional. This is a lens you don't need to stop down to increase sharpness.
Color and contrast are as good as it gets.

Build quality is excellent, but note that the lens is not weather sealed.

If you need a fast telephoto for poorly lit sports, this is the one for you. It only lacks the flexibility of the zooms, but if you need this focal lenght, it really can't be beat (with the exception of the discontinued 200mm F1.8L of course).

It gives VERY good results with both 1.4x and 2x teleconverters.
On a 1.6x crop body it acts like a 320mm F2.8... a bargain if you can find it used!

I definitely recommend this lens.


 
Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM

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Review Date: Apr 3, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $350.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Light, Fast, VERY SHARP evenly across the frame, great control over Depth Of Field
Cons:
no FTM, I would pay more for improved build quality (still, it is far better than the F1.8 version)

If I look at my galleries, I find my best photos were taken with this lens.

Slightly soft but usable at F1.4 (as expected); SHARP at F2 and VERY SHARP from F2.5 and up. Frankly, I could say that from F2.5 and up there is no improvement in sharpness. Much better than zooms (even L ones) in the corners of the frame.

Good contrast and color, some CA at large apertures in demanding conditions (as expected).

Great lens for portrait (on a 1.6x body) and low light. If you need control over DOF look no further.