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Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM

Review Date: May 28, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

Pros: Fantastic at f/1.2 and continues to get sharp through the range.Bokeh in my opinion is equal to the 85L and the 135L.Turns night into day.
Price and the well documented backfocussing issue.Though its not that bad.

A really fantastic lens, especially on my 5D. The back-focussing issue at close range is well documented, but like anything on the net, WAYYYYYYYYY over-exaggerated. ( People love to whine about something.)Fantastic in low light and super sharp all the way through.I have found hits its sharpness peak around f/4.

Despite many people bad mouthing the 50mm as a portrait lens i've always loved it for that.Its my favourite lens.Would recommend to any experienced photographer. The f/1.2 produces such a shallow DOF it takes a little getting used too.At 1600 ISO on the 5D I can literally shoot in the dark!

Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L USM

Review Date: May 28, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 8 

Pros: Ultra sharp through all apertures. Minimal distortion on the corners unlike the 16-35L Mk i.Amazing rendition of colours, especially blues.
Very expensive. A real niche lens, always seems to be on the camera when you need reach :)

A super super sharp prime. A real niche though because of the ultra (ULTRA!) wide qualities. An unreal interior lens, especially if you love wide interior shots. Renders colours beautifully, especially blues and reds and oranges.Has none of the distortion, well minimal distortion, unlike the 16-35L Mk i in the corners.

Price is ridiculous for it though.Money better probably spent on a 16-35L Mk ii unless you are a UWA freak like me.