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Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L

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Review Date: Apr 18, 2015 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $2,498.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Very sharp, excellent colours and contrast
Cons:
Not for everyone. It takes a lot of care to avoid excessive edge distortion.

This lens has been a constant on my FF bodies since I received it two months ago. I have always wanted a wider lens for architectural interiors and exteriors, but I'm sure it's no surprise to others it is has turned into my go to landscape lens as well. In fact that's where it's at its best. Architectural photos take significant care to avoid unpleasant stretches and distortion on the edges. It is easy to take indoor photos that really distort reality, which I suppose may presents some interesting photographic variations from the norm.

One surprise is the lens is second only to my Otus in clarity of finely detailed objects against the sky and in other backlit situations.


 
Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM

85II
Review Date: Nov 25, 2012 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,850.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Produces isolation with beautiful backgrounds in a way no other lens can quite match.
Cons:
Heavy, slow to focus on all but the 1Dx and likely the 5D3. Flimsy hood. Cameras must be on to retract the front element to put it away.

I had not considered adding a review for the 85L II while I was using it on a 5D and 1D4, slow AF and inconsistent AF were a problem for me, particularly with portraiture. I mostly used it as a walk around lens. I know that seems odd, but I found that quite mundane still life scenes could be made far more interesting with the lenses ability to isolate an interesting element of the scene.

The 1Dx AF (and I assume the 5D3 AF) have changed all that. AF is much faster and more accurate. AI-servo is definitely useable now, which allows me to use it at parties and receptions in a way that used to produce 20% keepers for me, but now well over 50%. Hand held wide open with people moving around was not a strong suit for this lens in my hands. It is now with the 1Dx.

As an aside, I would highly recommend using Tape's FocusTune software to set MA for this lens. I never could quite settle on a correct MA with the FocusAlign alone. There is no doubt now and MA is clearly +2 compared to the uncertain +5 to +7 before (1Dx). I haven't reset MA on the 1D4 yet. The 5D front focuses a bit.


 
Zeiss 50mm f/2 Makro-Planar T*

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Review Date: May 31, 2012 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,189.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Amazingly sharp wide open, Manual focus is not even the slightest drawback
Cons:
Nothing except the lens cap clasps protrude of the side of the cap. One accidental touch and its gone.

My rating of 9 reflect the stupid lens cap, otherwise it absolutely blows away any other 50mm I have ever used.