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Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM

85II
Review Date: Aug 14, 2009 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Fantastic colour reproduction, very sharp when stopped down.
Cons:
Can only be stopped down to f16, manual focus feels loose and is difficult to use

I've had wanted one of these for a very long time, and when I eventually went out and got one was blown away by how good they actually are. If I had to give up all my lenses and could only keep one it would be this one.
I use it a lot for indoor sport. It needs to be stopped down to at least f2.2 for consistant results, by f2.8 it's easily the best lens I own for sharpness and colour reproduction.
I was worried that the focusing would be too slow for sports duties, but I have found no problems when using it on either my 1dmk3 or 1dsmk3.
As a portrait lens (or shooting anything that's not moving) I don't believe Canon currently produce a better lens.
Wherever I go I now always have this on one of my bodies ready to go. It's very sharp from f1.2 right through to f16.
The only downside to this lens that I have noticed is it's focusing ring.... It's rubbish. It has a lot of play in it, and makes fine adjustments very difficult. Best leave this lens in auto focus.
As far as image quality goes, this lens blows away everything else I own, even my 200 f2L IS.



 
Canon EF 200mm f/2L IS USM

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Review Date: Aug 14, 2009 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Very fast to focus and Extremely sharp stopped down to f2.8
Cons:
Can be difficult to focus wide open on moving subjects

The 200 f2L IS is my second favourite lens behind my 85 1.2L
I use it mostly for indoor sport, and bought it primarily because I wanted something faster than my 70-200 f2.8L IS.
I find the 200 to be a fairly difficult lens to accurately focus wide open on moving subjects due to the thin DOF that results from f2 at 200mm, but stopped down to f2.8 it delivers sensational images that makes my 70-200 2.8L IS look pretty ordinary, So much so that the 70-200 rarely gets used anymore.
Despite the difficultly in achieving accurate focus wide open on moving subjects, properly focused shots are impressively sharp. On the focus front, shooting stationary subjects wide open brings much better results, with a near perfect strike rate.
I use this lens on my 1dmk3 and 1dsmk3, neither of which have the best reputations for focusing abilities, so it is possible that this lens is even better than I realise.