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Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM

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Review Date: Feb 22, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: read...
Cons:
purple fringing at 1.4 to 1.8

On a 350D (rebel XT)

Let's go straight to the main concern of a lot of people: "resolution" when the picture is viewed on a screen at 100%:
at f1.4: good
f1.6 & 1.8: very good
f2 & 2.2: excellent
f2.5 and "slower": incredible.

Acording to me, purple fringing is rather bothering at 1.4 down to 1.8. (hight at 1.4) for some subjects.

Borders are on par with center. (350D)

I like the contrast from 1.8.

Focus is very precise and rather fast.

Bokeh is a bit weird from time to time as I am not accustomed to these apertures.

In the field, for what I use it for: excellent for portraits. Portraits printed on A4, show no problem at f1.4...
It is real that they appear to be rather "soft" at 1,4 on 100% crops but I think that it is due to the small DOF (often 2cm on these moving targets...) and the lack of strong light (low contrast and a rather slow shutter speed in general). I took night shots of buildings at 1.4 and (except for the purple fringing that appear on this kind of subjects) the results are very good!
Do not imagine that with 1.4 you can take picture at candle light (as I often read) if you do not like to use higher iso than 400...

Remember that on A4, even at 1.4, it is very good.



 
Canon EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM

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Review Date: Jan 27, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Optical quality !!
Cons:

As I decided to buy a 100-400 L for wildlife photos and as I travel a lot, I needed a complement to my 28-75 2.8 for street portraits and a lot more. I started to investigate on 135 f2, 70-200 L (IS or non)... after a long period of tests, I was amazed by its regular astonishing quality (various samples of each lens tested)... even better than the 135 f2!... yes, I remarked this.
According to all my requierements, it came on the top of the list.

In "close" distances, it is really incredibly good.
In longer ones, you may notice, at FULL SCREEN preview, a very very little subtle drop in quality, but "closing" a little the diaphragm, it becomes perfect.

You can search in the corners... they look like the center.

Contrast, colors? Is it a joke? WAOU!!