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Zeiss 85mm f/1.4 Planar T*

85mm
Review Date: Apr 1, 2010 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Build quality and handling are extraordinary. It is quite sharp even wide open at greater distances than 8 or so feet. Nice 3D look to images and color throughout range.
Cons:
Sharpness and focus shift from minimum focus distance out to about 5-8 feet are sub par. I find the Contax version sharper and better at close distances.



 
Canon EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM

1ef200mmf_28_1_1_
Review Date: May 25, 2009 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $650.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: profound sharpness (even wide open), fast focusing, takes to extension tubes and 1.4x extender quite well; light weight
Cons:
hood threading is lousy...too much effort to screw on correctly; no longer comes with the tripod collar at same price

Overall, this is a fantastic lens suited for many purposes. If you have ample space, it makes for flattering head/torso shots, it is a good FL for flower portraits or - when coupled with a 1.4x extender or extension tubes - is a capable close-up lens choice.
Tight accent landscapes are similarly harvested well with this gem.

It is FAR lighter and sharper than the f/2.8L 70-200 flavors...so light that I routinely get sharp photos handheld at 1/60sec exposures.

Color rendering is well balanced, and the bokeh is gorgeous.

A couple years ago, this lens was packaged with its tripod collar. That made this excellent value even better.

Only gripe is that the hood is a relatively poor thread fit to the lens. This being the only thing that I can find to complain about tells something of the quality of the lens itself.