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Canon EF 300mm f/4L IS USM

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Review Date: Sep 21, 2012 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $915.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Sharp, light weight, IS and excellent build quality
Cons:
None

Excellent reach when paired with the Canon 1.4x TC and the 7D (almost 700mm). Light, well built, IS that really works well, and very, very sharp. What else could you want in a 300mm lens?

 
Canon EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM

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Review Date: Sep 21, 2012 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $630.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Sharp, fast, and well built. This is probably the best value in Canon lenses.
Cons:
none

I found this is a surprisingly good theater lens. I know some clamor for IS versions of many lenses, but this one doesn't need anything.

Sample:
http://www.fredmiranda.com/hosting-data//5748/7681602_ww.jpg


 
Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM

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Review Date: Sep 21, 2012 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $850.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Fast, well built, superb optics, and bokeh to die for.
Cons:
none

As you can tell by the average user rating (9.9) here on FM that this is an exceptional lens. This is one of the finest lenses I have ever used, and I have used many, many lenses with many formats & manufacturers. Chromatic aberration is extremely well controlled. I have not experienced ghosting or lens flare at all...coma distortion is non-existent. A truly magic lens! Get it!

Sample:
http://www.fredmiranda.com/hosting-data//500/76816SomeMorePlease_135mm_Sample-Web.jpg


 
Nikon 180mm f/2.8D ED-IF AF Nikkor

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Review Date: Sep 20, 2012 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Incredibly sharp with wonderful bokeh. Built in lens hood. A good value.
Cons:
manual focus is not smooth

I got a used one of these to replace my 70-200mm afs vr version I. The bokeh is identical, and it is actually much sharper. Beyond that - the Nikkor 180mm f2.8 AF is smaller, lighter, and less expensive...a win-win-win. I sold off the 70-200