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Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L USM

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Review Date: Apr 24, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Great build quality, great bokeh f1,2 right, great MF, this kind of lens hood,
Cons:
none

I just unpacked my Canon EF 85mm f1,2 L USM and ...WOW... what a lens...


Weight: It is heavy, but on my 1DMkII this is THE SET UP! Very good balanced and I can hold it without any problems with the 580EX on the camera.

The build quality: is great, it's like a fine Rolex like somebody said.


AF: is not slow at all. I expected a very slow lens, but it shows again, that it is wise not to listen to all posting people in the internet (as I did when I bought the Canon 16-35mm f/2,8 L USM instead of the Canon 17-40mm f4 L USM). Maybe the most of them didn't use the 85mm f1,2 at all.

Even AI SERVO works better as some of them said. (it's a portrait lens, but I tried AI SERVO too, because they made me curious)

Overall I'm impressed (because I expected a slow lens as well)!It's a "normal" L lens!

MF: the MF ring is sooooooo smooth. You can perfectly adjust the focus and I really like it!!!

f1,2: it's a dream!!! The bokeh is out of this world. I took some pictures @f1,2 and even there are some items in the background of the person, they disapear as soon as you shoot at f1,2.


Overall impression: GREAT lens!


 
Canon EOS 1D Mark II

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Review Date: Mar 30, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Very fast ( 8,5fps !!!!! wow), AF is great, great build quality, big sensor, bright viewfinder, blue LCD, great high ISOs 1600/3200!, accu,
Cons:
none, you pay what you get

I bought this camera in Mai 2004. It was and it is still a great camera.
It focuses fast, it is fast (fps), and the build quality is great. I had the 10D before, but the 1DmkII is better build.

A look trough the viewfinder (16-35mm f/2,8 L USM attached) makes everybody say WOW! On the 1DsMkII could be a double WOW ;-))))

This camera will last for ne next few years (5 years from now). I'm really happy with it and it is THE CAMERA for me!


Highly recommended!


 
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM

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Review Date: Dec 19, 2004 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Sharp, f/2,8, IS
Cons:
$$$

Sharp lens, great IS, f/2,8, well built. Great one!

 
Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L USM

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Review Date: Dec 19, 2004 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,300.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Very wide, f/2,8, sharp, L-glass,
Cons:
$$$

I'm really happy with it. You know it's a wide angle lens, it's a zoom and not a prime, so don't expect it to be wide open @16mmm as sharp as the 70-200mm f/2,8 L IS USM in the corners. As long as you know this, you will not regret the purchase. Don't get stucked in that kind of discussions like "16-35mm f/2,8 vs 17-40mm f/4". You need f/2,8, you have the money so don't hesitate. It's a great piece of Canon's finest L-glass!