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Canon EF 200mm f/1.8L USM

Review Date: Dec 24, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: So unbelivably good...
Weight, price, no IS, overly conspicuous for a 200mm, the mkII is about to arrive.

Will I be the first here not to give 10 to this lens ?? I could. It's heavy; I'm a tough guy but without a monopod, no way to get something unblurred after a little time. It lacks IS and above all the new version of this lens is about to arrive so... No, 10 it's worth it. If bokeh, sharpness and contrast means something to you and your photographic style, just try it. You love the 85L and the 135L ?? You'll fall in love. You can use it also for portraits, the texture, the colors, everything benefits.
This very lens and all of the other fast ones are my reason to stay with Canon. Check on EBay for Chamcamera. This guy sells 200 f1,8 in mint condition quite each month.

Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L USM

Review Date: May 4, 2007 Recommend? no | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 5 

Pros: Really wide, very small and light, acceptable distorsion, fast focusing, f2,8
Way too expensive, really soft corners even stopped, CA, and a huge amount of flare and ghosting.

Linear Ultra Wide Angle Zoom, the 14L is the easiest way to go on FF and to play with the image. This lens is fun, really fun to use and some shots can be quite good but beware of the CA, of the corners if you plan to use them and *beware* of the flare and ghosting. Each and every light creates reflexions of different colors and because of the front protruding element, it's impossible to get rid of them. All in all an average lens that I sold after 9 months when I bought a Leitz Super-Elmar 15mm f3,5 slower but night and day better.