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Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM

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Review Date: Jan 12, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Build, feel, and f1.2
Cons:
Price (You get what you pay for), focus by wire, slower than usual AF (but f1.2 makes up for it).

This is as good as it gets...below the $2,000 mark at least. Many users will complain about it's slow af and heavy weight but for f1.2 what else would one expect. Excellent for weddings, car shows, and still life photography. For sports try the 1.8 version.

 
Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM

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Review Date: Jan 11, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $469.95 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Build, comfortable focus ring, and sharpness.
Cons:
Slow af (but what else would you expect from a macro lens).

Although the 100mm macro is one of the least used lenses in my bag, it's still quite a performer when I need deliver a high quality image.

 
Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM

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Review Date: Nov 28, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: f1.4, weight, size, sharp
Cons:
Non-L build, cheap whiny micro USM motor, hunts in low light



 
Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM

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Review Date: Nov 28, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Size, weight, build, sharp at 1.4, perfect for day/night time wedding events or general street photography.
Cons:
Price...but then again you get what you pay for. No weather sealing though.

Fantastic lens at an outrageous price! Its true that nothing is more flexible than a zoom...but if you are willing to sacrafice the zoom capabilities and have something faster than f2.8, this is it. I find myself reaching for this lens more often than my 24-70L. This along with my EFS 10-22 and 85 make up my travel kit. (I shoot with a 20D)

 
Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III USM

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Review Date: Oct 21, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $399.99 | Rating: 4 

 
Pros: Cheap in price, light weight, good for beginners.
Cons:
It's soft, cheap in build, slow AF...etc.

I bought this thing at the mall (which explains the high mall retail price I paid) back in the day when I bought my first film EOS Rebel. It was a great beginner lens but as mentioned earlier, if you've used anything that's half decent, this will feel like junk to you. It's slow and cheap in build. If you can find it for dirt cheap, it might be worth it to pick it up but if you have to pay retail, forget it...save a little more for a better lens.