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Sigma 50mm F1.4 EX DG HSM

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Review Date: Jul 28, 2009 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: First off, I love L-glass and I own both this superb lens & a 50L. Everything about this lens is great, bokeh, sharpness wide open, color/contrast, flare & CA control. I would have rated this lens a 3/10 before I had sent it to Sigma (twice!!!). So be warned, you will most likely have to send it in for calibration... but let me tell you, the 1 week wait was very well worth the effort. I'll be selling my 50L (UV, my 7th copy I tried that still focus shifts).
Cons:
Needs calibration/Poor QC. Manual focus is no where near the 50L. Build is 9/10 vs perfect 10 for the L.



 
Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM

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Review Date: Jul 23, 2009 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,700.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Sharp wide open, excellent colours and contrast, much improved build quality compared to the mk1, it's now as good as my 35L (minus the CA!), smoother bokeh
Cons:
Price!

I've owned the mk1 version of this lens for almost a year - only shot 783 pictures with it. The week after I received my 24L mk2, I've doubled my previous shot count. I enjoy using this lens. Dare I say it, this lens is the slight better version of my 35L ~ only wider. I have zero complaints regarding this lens. My only nit-pick is the hood is a little big.

I have several A2 prints shot on a 5d2 wide-open-2.0 and it looks great! Well worth the premium over the mk1. Thanks Canon!


 
Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM

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Review Date: Nov 21, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Excellent colors, contrast and sharpness. Good build. Very useful focal length on FF and 1.3x
Cons:
This is my 4th copy of this lens.

If you can get a good copy of this lens, go for it! My first copy (bought used - date code UR) was sent to Canon TWICE to get calibrated and checked. Each time it got better but still not to my standard. The second copy, I bought used as well (date code UU) and that lens back-focused by a 2-3mm at mfd, so I got rid of it. The third copy (UW04), I bought brand new after trying 2 other copies at the store and settled for this one. I tested it against my 35L (my bench mark) and ended up returning it 2 days later.

My fourth one (UV) is excellent in all regards. I bought it new. And now I see why this lens gets rave reviews! It's everything that I've expected and more. Finally!