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Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM

ef50lusm
Review Date: Nov 23, 2011 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,500.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: good IQ, nice balance on 1D3
Cons:
not really sharp at f/1.2 but that's just splitting hairs

creamy bokeh, waaaay too creamy. wide open is not that sharp (as an L that is) but still acceptable. Sharpness creeps in at f/1.4 and above.

But heck why get this gem to use it stepped down? Sheesh!


 
Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM

16-35II
Review Date: Nov 23, 2011 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,600.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: very sharp, good range, takes filters
Cons:
odd filter size

I was never happy with my 17-40L. The corners are mushy and they are never on good levels even with small aperture.

The 16-35 II however is a totally different beast! The corners are already sharp at f/2.8! Price is a bit steep though... twice of 17-40L.


 
Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM

70-300mm
Review Date: Nov 23, 2011 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,300.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: very good range, very sharp wide open, very effective IS
Cons:
none, although constant f/4 will be nice

Was hesitating between 70-200L f/4 IS and 70-300L. Got this baby instead of the 70-200 because:

- longer reach
- I need a decent telephoto to compliment my landscape needs
- don't mind the slow aperture

on my 1D3 this lens is really really sharp on all focal lengths. I don't find the price expensive a this lens has better built than the 70-200 f/4. The only thing I find it expensive is the tripod ring... which I got it as well.


 
Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM

ef_24-70_28u_1_
Review Date: Jun 3, 2009 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,295.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Perfect focal length range for portraitures and street photography on APS-C format (~38 - 112mm). It is heavy and huge, but it balance well on my 40D with grip. Sharp and contrasy colors, constant f/2.8.
Cons:
easy to get smudges on lens hood.

My perfect lens lineup for my 40D is EF-S 10-22, EF 24-70L, EF 70-200 IS. This lens is huge and heavy but it balance very well on my 40D + BG-E2N.

The lens hood is BIG, but it offers full protection to the lens. It serves as a 3rd leg when mounted on my 40D. Due to the fact that it has a HUGE lens hood, it is very easy to get smudge marks on the hood.

IQ is superior compare to the EF-S 18-55 IS that I own. Very contrasy, creamy bokeh, pleasant colors. My copy is very sharp at all focal length (lens code UX, manufactured in 2009). I have tested 2 copies (lens code for both are UX) and both perform similar... both are sharp wide open. I guess Canon has tighten their QC on newer 24-70Ls.