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Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM

Review Date: Nov 8, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $750.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Bokeh, Bokeh, Bokeh
Just wish it had IS

OK, I get it now. I just spent the afternoon with the 135 locked onto my 5D and I'm SO impressed! The 24-105 may never see the light of day again, especially since I have the 35 1.4 and 85 1.8 also!

The 135 F2 is all they say it is, and worth so much more than the under $1000 price. Maybe it's just because it's an overcast day and the fall colors are just popping, but this lens just isolates the subject so nicely. For me, it's better on a tripod because I have a slight shake to my hand, but it's ok because of the pictures you get. I also tried it with the middle extension tube (of a set of 3), and I may just replace my 100 macro with this lens.

If you are a tele person, and considering this lens, JUST GO FOR IT. I promise, you won't regret it. It may take a while before you "get it" like I did (I've had the lens for about 3-4 months), but once you do, WOWSA! I almost sold it a month or so ago and my husband, who knows nothing about photography except that this lens is one of the holy trinity, begged my not to sell it.

Canon EF 28mm f/1.8 USM

Review Date: Sep 19, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 8 

Pros: Fast focus, low cost alternative to 24 F1.4L
None really

I've had this lens for about a year now. About 3 months ago, I sent it to Canon for calibration because it just seemed softer than it should be based on the reviews I've seen. Canon got it right on the first try, this lens now rivals the 24 F1.4 I was considering replacing it with! I did head to head test chart pictures with both lenses and all stops between 1.4 and 4.0 and while the 24 F1.4 was a WEE bit sharper from 2.0 up, it was not enough for me to justify the additional expense. At F1.8, I found both the 28 and the 24 to be almost identical, or at least so much so that I can't tell the difference.

If I were a pro, and relied on the lens for my livelihood, I would probably choose the 24 F1.4. Since I'm just a serious hobbyist, and use this lens only for it's F1.8-2.8 values (I use the 24-105 F4 for F4 and above), this little gem is more than good enough for me. It focuses quickly, quietly and accurately. If you get a new one, and it's just not quite what you expected, send it to Canon (Irvine) and let them give it a "tune-up". You might be glad you did!