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Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM

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Review Date: Jul 13, 2012 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $300.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Sharp, light, good sized focus ring, decent build quality
Cons:
Better on a full frame rather than crop sensor

For the price you pay, the 50mm f/1.4 is a fantastic lens. The image quality is considerably better than the 50mm f/1.8 and the build quality is adequate.

The focus ring is a nice size and is rubber for good traction. Focusing is also quick.

I've used this on a 5D mkII and on my 7D. Both produced great, sharp images, but the the crop factor of the 7D made me lean more in favor towards the 5D mkII.

Great overall lens, and an excellent way to start building your lens kit.


 
Canon EF 35mm f/2

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Review Date: Jul 13, 2012 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $300.00 | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Compact size, sharp, light, good bokeh for wide lens
Cons:
AF is a little noisy, build quality is average

The 35mm f/2 is a neat little lens. The focus ring for the one I use isn't as tight and is a bit noisy under AF, but the image it produces is quite impressive, especially for not being an L-series. I haven't tried using the L f/1.4 version of this lens, and I'm sure there are differences, but for around $300-400 range, this lens is quite good.

 
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM

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Review Date: Jul 13, 2012 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,500.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Very sharp, good zoom range, handy tripod collar, strong focusing, works with Canon 1.4x and 2.0x extenders
Cons:
A bit on the heavy side

This was the first L-series lens I had ever owned, and I'm so glad I went with it rather than another L-series.

This lens is a perfect example of what you get when you pay for the extra "L" from Canon. It's incredibly sharp, even wide open at 2.8. The bokeh is great as well. I have to have the tripod collar positioned at the top so my hands are free at the bottom of the lens to zoom and focus and its a little on the heavy side so long period of use can put some strain on your hand, but image quality is certainly worth it.

Great lens for photojournalism, portraiture, filming, and more!