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Canon MP-E 65mm f/2.8 1-5x Macro Photo

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Review Date: Oct 28, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,490.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: perfect build quality, super low CA, perfect image quality
Cons:
none

Perfekct lens. I have no many experiences with this lens after few days but fillings and outputs are just perfect.

Dark viewfinder with 5:1 magnification is damn problem (who haven't mp-e can try to set f/16 on other nonmacro lens and use dof-button on the body) and there are dark days in addition. But it is not easy-use lens - every one must expect it. :-)

Some "first step" photos:
http://nove.lsf.cz/fotogalerie/540/big.jpg
http://nove.lsf.cz/fotogalerie/541/big.jpg

I don't recommend this lens as first macro lens (without experiences with lighting etc. in life-size macro photography) but as final step to overreal macro photography without compromise. ;-)


 
Canon Speedlite 580EX II

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Review Date: Sep 2, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $660.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: silent, build quality, !!!lever lock!!!, battery door
Cons:
none cons after two months of using

It's simply superb that I think over the second one.

 
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II

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Review Date: Aug 31, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $110.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: superb lens per price, image quality, low CA, good and nice bokeh
Cons:
nothing (because price exclude cons)

Perfect lens for everithing. :-D
(you can experiment so much with this lens ... no mather whats happend because the new one is "for a kiss") :-)

I have very good experiences with lens + 68 mm extension tubes. It's funny work. :-) (you can have one's fling with it to much)


 
Canon EF 180mm f/3.5L Macro USM

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Review Date: Aug 31, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,760.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: beautiful colors, superb bokeh, perfect built quality, good to very good sharpness, heavy (it's pros to me)
Cons:
not so super sharp on 1:1, really overprised (imo about 25 %),

Cost of this lens (not only this) in Czech Republic (maybe in Europe) is dirtily overpriced. Canon's marketing smell like a shit there (no way to unwrite it). :-((((( (price $ 1.760 @ 21 Kč/$ => 37.000 Kč - about year ago. Present-day it is about 42.000 => $ 2.000 @ 21 Kč/$)

But i love this lens. If will be Mark II of this lens i buy it again. I use it on crop 1.6 now but i hope that at near future will used on FullFrame.