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Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM

Review Date: Mar 25, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,120.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Color, Sharpness, Speed, on FF 35mm is a very useful focal length for all around shooting.
Absolutely nothing that I can see or have found. It would be nice if it were a bit more affordable, but if this is the going rate for the quality it produces, then it is what must be paid.

Again, reading reviews and allowing myself to be pushed that last little bit has not let me down. This truly is one of the most amazing lenses I have shot with. I like 35mm on a FF as opposed to the standard 50mm as it gives that little extra angle which helps when closer to the action so to speak. Functioning as a standard (56mm equiv) on a cropped sensor would provide a beautiful alternative as well but it shines on a 5D. At 1.4 I have been amazed at how sharp and beautiful an image it creates and have since traded away my 50 1.4 as I would not have a use for it anymore. Color is beautifully saturated and lines are sharp. Stopped to f/2 this lens will rival any in overall image quality, although I have been shooting this wide open 99% of the time. Truly worthy of its praises. With a wide angled lens like this you do not get the subject isolation or bokeh you see with the 85's or 135 for obvious reasons, but that said, I have not seen a 35mm focal length that produces oof areas like this one is capable of. The only problem I could see someone having with this lens would have to be an aversion to the focal length or procuring a bad copy. If you can drop the coin, you would be hard pressed to find a better 35mm lens out there.

Canon EOS 5D

Review Date: Jan 11, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $2,200.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: FF, High ISO performance, IQ, Size
nothing negative so much as could potentially be better.

Funny that this camera being "antiquated" or "archaic" by some reports, is still completely uncontested at it's price point. The performance at higher ISO's due to its FF and realistic MP count is a beautiful combination. I have heard it compared to Nikon's D3 (which seems to be a stellar performer as well) as its closest competitor out of brand. Being that the D3 is 'brand new technology' it can only be a compliment to the foresight on Canon's part. I would still rather purchase two 5D's for the price (and access to the extensive EF Lens lineup). I would like to see a more weather resistant body, but I have not had any problems as of yet regarding weather (and I live in the northwest US) so humidity and moisture are a daily reality. Dust is a reality for ANY SLR and again, I have yet to come across any problems with my 5D in this regard and I constantly change lenses. Nothing a blower cant handle. The only other criticism that I could offer is the apparent flimsiness of the battery and CF doors. They could stand to be a bit more 'bullet proof' but again, has yet to be a problem for me. True focal length, beautiful image quality and when coupled with a fast lens and high ISO, you can shoot in practical darkness with less noise than I have seen on any other camera consistently. There are cameras that are faster, cameras with higher MP counts, cameras that may be better for certain applications and there will inevitably be cameras in the future that will out perform the 5D in many ways, but for the realistic price for performance, I cannot see a better camera on the market past or present. It truly is in a class of its own.

Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM

Review Date: Dec 10, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $910.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Fast, Beautiful IQ, Subject Isolation/Dof spectacular.
It wont make me breakfast. Other than that, none I have experienced.

My favorite lens for portraiture. My favorite lens for creative inspiration. Really remarkable images when coupled with my 5d. It is relatively small so it remains somewhat inconspicuous compared to others. I was debating and looking at a couple other lenses (I was impressed with the EF100 f/2 which is a great one too) but cannot express how happy that I made this choice. If it is the focal length you want, it really is an amazing lens that will not let you down.