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Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM

Review Date: Feb 27, 2010 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $795.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: For the price...unbeatable. Build quality and L color rendering.

This lens is amazing on a cropped sensor. Corners are a little fuzzy on a full frame but so are the corners on the 16-35L . I sold this lens about a year ago and have periodically regretted it. It's compact size was a real plus. BTW I have an instruction booklet for this lens that I found after the sale... if your interested PM me and I will ship it for free. Hate to just throw it away.

Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM

Review Date: Feb 16, 2010 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,275.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Sharp, great perspective for casual portraiture, nice bokeh

Bokeh is just a little nervous compared to some of the other L lenses in this the 50 and 85. But that is only a small problem and not a real concern. Lens is Sharp and I mean SHARP. Right from 1.4 the center is razor and the slightly wide perspective gives a great feel to casual portraits of children. Puts you right into the action and emotion of the shot. I sold my 50L to get this one and have ZERO regrets! For the shots where I want a creamy soft background I will mount the 85L.

Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM

Review Date: Feb 13, 2010 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,325.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Everything

My copy is DAMN Sharp. Truly amazing and AF is nothing short of astonishing. No regrets on this one.

Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II

Review Date: Feb 13, 2010 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $2,135.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Colors, Contrast, Build quality, Sharpness.

Simply amazing as a prime or as a Tilt Shift. Love the improved perspective control. Sharpness is truly astonishing. Price is worth every penny. No regrets on this one.

Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM

Review Date: Feb 13, 2010 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: Bokeh, Color, Contras, Sharpness, Price.
Focus is slow for an L but given the heavy glass it is reasonable and accurate. Wish it focused just a little closer.

Having shot with Leica's in the past I don't mind the price. It easily performs on par with my Leica 90mm Summicron which cost about a $1000 dollars more. I love this lens. Just sold my 50L because I never mount it to my camera any more. I have a 35L and the 80L as primes and just never use the 50L. For portrait work this lens is so amazing you can't hardly take a bad shot. Wish it focused just a little closer though. I am eyeing the new 100L for head shots!

Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM

Review Date: Feb 13, 2010 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,549.00 | Rating: 8 

Pros: Color, Bokeh, Contrast
Color Fringing, Price

For a cropped sensor camera this is the Portrait lens to own. Middle of image is sharp right from the start. Stopped down to 2.0 on this lens is RAZOR SHARP and the bokeh only gets more beautiful. My only real complaint is the CA's. They are unreasonable in a high contrast situation to about 2.8. This is not a problem with most portraiture...but this becomes a major problem for landscape or black and white photography. I recently purchased a 5d ii and an 85 1.2 to go with it. This lens is a much better lens as far as CA's go but the focus is much slower. It also does not focus as close as the 50mm. But all in all once the 50 is stopped down a little it is amazing. Mine was UX Date code. No focus issues.