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Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM

Review Date: Mar 18, 2010 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $2,500.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Great IQ, Great IS, Super fast & accurate AF, Excellent wide open.
Price...........dear Lord.

Coming from the original version, which like many, I thought was a little lacking at f/2.8 across the whole lens, but especially on the long end........I find this new version to be far superior. I'm not saying the original was bad, not at's a classic workhorse lens for so many, but as I'm a prime guy first and foremost, with a few zooms for versaltility, I always found the original 70-200 2.8 IS to be lacking at f/2.8 and that always irked me. I can safely say f/2.8 on this new version is simply excellent. So much so, that I'm considering getting rid of my small 200 2.8 II, which the version I of the 70-200 couldn't touch for sharpenss. Then we come to AF. One word......SNAPPY! This thing snaps into focus so fast and accurate that one feels like they just got whiplash. In low light on my 5D2, there's absolutely no hunting. Incredibly confident and competant AF!

Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM

Review Date: Apr 17, 2009 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,699.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Very sharp wide open. Small and light. Color and contrast you expect from an L lens.
none that I can find yet.

I just bought this lens less than 24 hours ago and have only started to test it, but from some very informal shots at f/1.4, I can say this lens is very sharp wide open. It appears to be just as sharp wide open as my 35L f/1.4. I'll have to do some serious comparisions between the two, but so far I'm impressed. On my 5D2, there's a very small amount of front focus, which will be no problem to dial in, but zoomed in all the way on the LCD, the focus point is quite sharp. Definetely a keeper. AF seems accurate and responsive as well.

Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM

Review Date: Jan 6, 2009 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

Pros: Color and contrast are excellent. Sharpness is excellent, but not superb.
Wide open, sharpness is good, but no match against the 85L.

For years I was one of the the loudest critics of this lens and for good reason. The well known focus issues are indeed there and everyone should rightly chastize Canon for it. The omission of a floating rear element, no matter how much more it would have added to the price, is unforgivable. That being said, the lens is still usable as long as you remember the working distances/f-stops and employ the off center AF point. It's a lot to remember and I'm still "learning" this lens, but it is a good lens. I find the color and contrast to be so good, that it may just be the best of all my other L lenses. Build quality is everything you'd expect from and L lens. As is, the price is a little high. If you are willing to "learn" the lens, then it's a keeper, however knowing most don't have focus issues with their other lenses, I fully understand the lower rating of this lens.

Canon EOS 5D Mark II

Review Date: Jan 3, 2009 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $2,700.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: Forgot to rate on my previous review below.

Canon EOS 5D Mark II

Review Date: Jan 3, 2009 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated

Pros: One word: RESOLUTION! Beautiful LCD. Micro lens adjust for fine tuning. Great for portraits and landscapes.
AF: basically carried over from the 5D.

This camera has gobbs and gobbs of resolution. If you print big, your portraits and landscapes will look incredible. You have to use L lenses on this, anything else and this camera will chew it up and spit it out. The LCD is so much better over the previous model. Basically retaining the original 5D's AF is one of the worst decisions Canon has ever made. All in all, a great update with one serious mistake, or shall I say blunder, in the AF dept. Then again, those of us who had the 5D and now this successor do a lot of landscape and or portrait and fast AF is not needed.