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Canon EF 15mm f/2.8 Fisheye

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Review Date: Mar 13, 2011 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $550.00

 
Pros: small, light, quite sharp at 2.8 in the centre, fairly solid build
Cons:
no USM.

Creates very interesting fisheye photos.
The lens is sharp and the auto focus seems sufficient for this ultra wide lens. However an ultrasonic focus would be nice for action pictures.



 
Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM

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Review Date: Dec 12, 2010 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $800.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Small size and weight. Wide aperture. Good control of CA's Fast focus Solid construction Good price
Cons:
can't think of any

The lens is excellent and lives up to the reputation.

Sharp wide open, colours / contrast superb.
Focus is fast and accurate on my cameras, from 1000D to 1D.
Large focus ring is very nice.
Hood is effective, although it does make the lens look significantly bigger.
Black bodies and compact makes it discrete to use in the street. The weight is quite small so it is not a problem hanging from your neck.
There are some CA's wide open against backlit subjects, however it is not extreme.
No faults to the construction, feels very solid.

The lens is said to be difficult to hand hold, and this is true. As it is a fairly long focal length and such a light lens, camera shake is a problem. If you want to stop the action, this isnt a problem, but if you are looking to hand hold at 1/20th of a second, you may look for other IS lenses. Eg the new 70-200 f/2.8 IS with 4 stop IS will be much easier to hand hold at slow shutter speeds, however you lose the extra stop.


 
Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM

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Review Date: Dec 12, 2010 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,350.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Sharp wide open, very sharp stopped down. Fast focus, wide aperture. Overall IQ is very pleasing
Cons:
CA's can be extreme wide open and in harsh conditions. Build could be a little better

I have found the lens to produce very sharp images at f/1.4 and get slightly sharper f/2.8-f/4. These images are razor sharp. The colours / contrast increases a little stopping down.

The focus is fast and smoothe, and generally accurate, however, it does play up a bit with inconsistant focus on my 1D3.
The overall construction is quite good, however I think it is not as solid as other L primes. This is not a big problem as it is not designed to be bashed around.

The hood is nice and effective.

CA's wide open are quite significant, especially with backlit subjects. Not sure if any wide , fast lens out there is free from this though.

Overall excellent lens, and a very nice focal length I have found on 1.6x 1.3x and FF bodies.


 
Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS USM

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Review Date: Dec 12, 2010 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $4,200.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Fast AF, excellent IQ, IS
Cons:
weight, does not have 4 stop IS

Super fast AF, only slowed slightly by introducing a 1.4x.
IQ is excellent at f/2.8, have not seen CA's even under very harsh conditions.
IS is a plus, although the old generation IS, if you are careful, you can shoot 1/50s without too much problem.
Build is solid as a rock.

size weight and price are all expected for a high quality tele lens.
IS: although a pro also, it would be nice to have 4 stop IS

Upgraded from the 100-400 canon lens. Although the images from this lens are also excellent, the 300 2.8 is noticably sharper, and the background blurr is very smoothe and pleasing.
The price is quite large, but the lens is worth the $$