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Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM

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Review Date: May 12, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $519.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Fast focus, light, good focal length, inexpensive.
Cons:
Less sharp wide open, min focal distance could be closer.

This is a great little lens. I debated long and hard about getting the 135 f/2L or this lens. I finally settled on the 85 for two reasons, the first being the focal length on my 1.6x camera and the second being the price.

On a 1.6x, this lens is long indoors. For waist-up type portraits, you're looking at being ~5m away from your subject.

After a few hundred frames I'm fairly impressed with this lens, and it certainly lives up to most of the hype. The bokeh is very pleasing. The colour and contrast don't quite seem to match my L lenses, but that can be 'fixed'...

This lens focuses very quickly, is inconspicuous and is extremely sharp after around 2.2-2.5+. I'm finding my shots at 1.8-2.0 are soft, although my focus may not have been perfect.

On a full frame camera I would buy the 135 in a heartbeat, but with my 1.6x this lens will be on my camera often.


 
Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM

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Review Date: Jun 13, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: SHARP, IS, build quality is excellent.
Cons:
Could be wider on a 1.6x crop, but I knew this before buying.

This is a fantastic lens. From what I can tell, the resolution exceeds that of my 8.0MP XT sensor. No noticable sharpness drop at f/4, either.

The IS is a great bonus and lets me take a lot of pictures that otherwise would not be possible without a tripod.

Highly recommended - I certainly didn't want to fork out the cash for this lens, but in this case, you get what you pay for!