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Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM

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Review Date: Sep 28, 2010 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $900.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Razor sharp, beautiful bokeh, and price.
Cons:
None

The Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM is arguably the best lens dollar-for-dollar in Canon's line-up. There aren't many L-quality lenses available new for $900 to $1000, let alone one of Canon's best. No other prime lens delivers as beautiful an image as this lens does. Portrait shots are stunning and tack sharp when taken with this lens.

The bokeh with this lens is so rich and creamy, and the colors are wonderful. Auto-focus is fast enough for most sports action. And like all L-lenses, it is built like a tank. Contrast is also very good. Wide open at f/2 is wonderful, but at f/2.2 it is simply superb.

Here are examples of photographs I have taken with this lens over the years:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/latitudes/442349436/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/latitudes/349309116/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/latitudes/280080734/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/latitudes/542716309/

Honestly, you can't go wrong with this lens.


 
Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM

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Review Date: Sep 28, 2010 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Razor sharp, beautiful bokeh, and amazing color rendition. And like virtually all Canon L-lenses, this lens is very well built.
Cons:
None

The Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM is often considered one of Holy Trinity of Canon's prime lenses (which also includes the 135mm f/2L and 85mm f/1.2L), and rightly so. Aside from not having IS, which is not a significant absence for this sort of lens, it is an amazing piece of hardware and worth every penny.

Also, this is the only lens in my collection I have dropped it on hard pavement more than once. Each time I cringed, worrying about the results. However, like a Timex watch, this lens has taken a beating, but keeps on ticking.

I have owned this lens now for many years and it's hard to find fault with this lens. The photographs it captures makes it an easy choice for any photographer. It still performs very well on cameras with large sensors, too (i.e. the Canon 5D Mark II).

Here are some examples of photographs I have taken with this fine lens:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/latitudes/89521051/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/latitudes/2789508180/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/latitudes/155681977/


 
Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L USM

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Review Date: Sep 27, 2010 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,200.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Overall very sharp, great color rendition, & super fast--everything you would expect from a L-lens.
Cons:
Corners are a little soft when used wide open (f/2.8), especially on extra large sensors (5D Mark II--but not so bad on 5D Mark I).

Overall a very good lens--my first L lens, which I have now owned for approximately than five years. I chose this lens because of its focal length range, maximum aperture, and focal length. I also like the fact that it uses a 77mm threaded filter.

Images are crisp and sharp, and colors are always wonderful. At 35mm is doesn't perform as well as the Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM, but you wouldn't expect it too since it is a zoom lens. Its performance at 35mm is still very good. Where it really shines is from 16mm to 24mm. It can get a little soft in the corners when shooting at f/2.8--especially at 16mm--when used on a full-frame camera with lots of megapixels (think 5D2).

I really like this lens and expect it to be part of my camera bag for a good while to come.

Here are a few examples of photographs I have taken with this lens:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/latitudes/4655366525/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/latitudes/2961779225/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/latitudes/69688466/


 

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