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Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM

ef50lusm
Review Date: Jan 14, 2012 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,360.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Solid, phenomenal colors, fantastic bokeh
Cons:
Expensive, not as sharp as the 85L (should be!)

The first one I purchased from BH was a total dud. It wouldn't focus properly unless I used the outer focus points on my 5D Mark II. Sent it back and went to a local store and tested all 50Ls they had in stock and picked the best of that batch. It is awesome, I really like it. It feels ultra solid when you hold it. It produces some of the best colors I've seen from any lens (very comparable to the 85L). Contrast and saturation is about as good as it gets. Mine isn't razor sharp wide open the way my old 85L was but it is very usable, I wouldn't hasitate to shoot it wide open. Focus is reliable and accurate (obviously not all 50Ls are that way, but if you're set on getting one of these, find one that works well and you will be happy). I wanted a smaller, lighter, weather sealed 85L without the focus by wire, with internal focus and without the annoying rear flush element design in a little more versatile focal length - this is it. My 85L felt somehow fragile. The 50L feels like I can throw it against a brick wall, pick it up and start using it again. There's no focus shift that I can see on mine (and I looked for it, believe me) but again, the foes one I got from BH was a classic focus shifter and really severe at that (UZ10 date code) so no, the new date codes do not have the focus shift problem fixed - so you will have to search and find a good copy, there are out there. I think this is one lens I will keep for a very long time, glad I did not get discouraged but the first copy I received.

 
Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM

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Review Date: Jul 10, 2008 Recommend? | Price paid: $429.00

 
Pros: Ultra sharp! Very reliable and accurate focus, well built.
Cons:
None!!!

Ultra sharp, well build, accurate, consistent, fantastic colors, fine smooth bokeh, EF, silent, internal focus, fast (have to use the swith on it when not used as macro to make it focus fast on objects that are not close to you), ... I just can't say enough good things about it, it is perfect. I wish all lenses are as good as this one!!

 
Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM

ef_100_28_1_
Review Date: Jul 10, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $429.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Ultra sharp, killer colors, very very reliable and accurate focus.
Cons:

This is a must have lens for everyone, I think. It is a prime and doesn't have the wide range of the zooms but it is mind blow how sharp it is. Color rendition is beautiful, bokeh is nice and creamy, doubles extremely well as a portrait lens. In fact I've used it for close ups and portrait then macro photography. I just can't say enough about it. Ultra high quality lens.