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Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM

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Review Date: Jun 18, 2014 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Incredible sharpness and beautiful bokeh. Great colors. Amazing AF with my 5D3. At 300mm f2.8 weight is a feature, not a con.
Cons:
Should have bought this earlier :-)

I have replaced the original foot by a Wimberley LCF-52, perfect fit. I'll use it for portraiture and for sports on a Wimberley WH-200 Mk2 gimbal head. Perfect combination. My first outdoor test was amazing. My 70-200 2.8L IS II is great, but this one is - of course less versatile - but IQ-wise in a higher league! Together with my 7D and the two Mk3-extenders this lens will cover up to 960mm focal length in a comparably compact package and with good IQ. I wish I had bought this earlier...

 
Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM

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Review Date: Jun 17, 2012 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: f1.4, already usable at that aperture, nice portrait lens on the crop-body I have used up to now (40D), reliant AF, light, inexpensive
Cons:
Like many others mine had to be sent in for repair due to broken AF.

I've bought this lens in 2004 for my 10D, used it then with the 40D. Being so light it is always in my bag, and I assume that even now with the 85/1.2L II it may stay the "travel light" alternative to this. Though of course the IQ of the 85/1.2L II is in another world.
I have recently purchased a cheap 3rd party lens hood, which will hopefully help to protect the damageable AF mechanics in transportation.
However, considering the very good image quality and big aperture, together with low weight and cost, this is a highly recommendable lens for low-light, portraiture and travel.


 
Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM

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Review Date: Jun 17, 2012 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Sharp already at f1.2, amazing bokeh, one of the biggest temptations since Canon makes lenses...
Cons:
Nothing that I wouldn't call a feature...

I bought this lens in conjunction with upgrading from 40D to 5D3, and the results that this combination delivers - even after only a few days of playing with it - are absolutely amazing. It balances very well on the 5D3 with BG. Indeed it is recommended to use AI Servo for focusing and not try to shift frame when shooting wide open. That said, the new 61 AF-points of the 5D3 and their flexible settings arrived at the right time :-)

 
Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD SP

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Review Date: Jun 17, 2012 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Sharp (enough), precise AF, solidly built, efficient VC plus f2.8
Cons:
82mm filter (whereas that's a feature...), some vignetting wide open, zoom ring quite tight

Having upgraded now to FF (5D3), this lense replaced my very good EF 15-85 as standard zoom. The more than 1k Euro I saved from the not yet available EF 24-70 2.8L II I rather invested in a EF 85 1.2L II. Therefore this lens is expected to deliver good but not stellar performance in many disciplines, and it does that very well. You can do portraits with nice bokeh, take indoor and available light shoots at f2.8, and the VC is helpful for taking videos too, though I haven't tested that yet. So its very versatile, and if I need outstanding IQ I just take one of my primes. There are several lenses or even zooms that perform as good or slightly better in this or that situation, but considering the overall features, performance and price this lens is unique on the market at the moment.