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Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8G IF-ED AF-S Nikkor

Review Date: Nov 1, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: Sharp
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Shocking is the word I will use to describe this lens. I have been dealing with optics for around 15 years, in the area of ophthalmology. The best f2.8 lens in the market, though still could not challenge the primes. But do we have a good prime at that focal range?

Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM

Review Date: Mar 21, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: Best for the money within non-L
Unfair to blame the lens. But some Canon bodies need calibration to fit.

Among around a dozen Canon mount lenses I had, this one together with 50mm f1.8 gave me really pain at the very begging but finally satisfaction with joy. It is the fact not all Canon bodies can fit this lens. Small DSLR like XT and XTi need calibration. I do not know why. But 40D fits it very well. Also there is variation between copies. I keep the last one I tested, which I believed was good.

You will not regret what this lens can give you. I use this prime for my baby daughter mainly. Of course you can also use it for other purposes. Comparing with other primes I had I would say it beats 35mm f2, 50mm f1.4 and f1.8 optically for sure. The diameter of the posterior glass blade can tell why it shines. Law of physics can never lie. I did not own prime longer than 85mm so I can not compare it with 135 f2, which I still hesitated to buy. If there is any IS version for longer than 100mm I will try.

This is the only lens I think I will buy it again within Canon territory.

Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM

Review Date: Mar 21, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

Pros: Good and accurate AF. Good resolution. Accurate color. Only prime I had with little problem fits different bodies.
f2.8 soft

I would not say it is the best non-L but it is good enough for the money. I started in love with primes after several bad experiences with so called L zoom. But for this f2.8 I did not experience much pain. At 100 mm the background seemed very smooth. I wish it could be f1.8. Of course it would be much heavier. The optical design is classical.