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Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM

85II
Review Date: Dec 4, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Sharpness, unparalleled bokeh, resulting images justify the price (for me anyway)!
Cons:

Wow.
The results that come from this lens are something else! This is what I have been looking for, a lens that can do what no other can. A lot of money, but I do not regret it.


 
Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM

ef400mmf_56_1_
Review Date: Oct 22, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: IQ, Build, Razor Sharp
Cons:
People with P&S cameras ask "What is that thing is for???" "Can I look?"

I have had this lens for a year and I really enjoy the pictures that I can generate with it. Funny thing, I sold my 70-200mm F/4 IS to a colleague of mine and after some further discussions about my 400mm 5.6L, he wanted to purchase it as well, sight unseen. I had it in the vehicle with me the next day and was going to sell it but when I started to ponder life without it I had to tell him it was off the market. No problem parting with the 70-200 F/4 IS, but this one feels like family. It is that good. Fun to use on a monopod and I love the reach.

Might sound insane, but on a tripod I have had some really nice shots turn out (of very very stationary objects) with a 2X and using the “Live View” function on the 40D to assist with manual focusing. That is a 1,280 zoom!

Think I saw some footprints on the moon…..

Simply a Great Lens.




 
Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM

ef_24-70_28u_1_
Review Date: Oct 21, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Gread IQ, build
Cons:
Nothing

With all the bad reviews of this lens out there I was very hesitant to buy it. I took the plunge and my fear of it being bad was somewhat realized. The optics seemed perfect to me, however, there was some type of metal shaving on the inside of the glass.
I sent it back and the dealer sent me another.
The optics were perfect as well. I have used two copies and have found the optics to be stellar. I like this lens and do not care about the reverse zooming, the weight or any other negative thing has been said about it. It performs amazingly, looks good and feels good. I am happy with my purchase and this is a keeper for sure!




 
Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM

16-35II
Review Date: Oct 21, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: IQ, Colors, Build
Cons:
Noticed minor flare, but does not worry me too much.

After some deliberation and testing, I have grown attached to this lens, and it did not take too long for that matter. I was hesitant about spending over twice the cost of the 17-40, but in the end I opted for this nice piece of glass. I am impressed with the wide view it has (even on a 40D) and I am really looking forward to using it on a full frame body. I have noticed that when I have the center focus point active (only) wide landscape shots turn out magnificently sharp. Once you get used to manipulating this precision instrument into doing what you want it too, it does not let you down. The 2.8 aperture is quite fun and, even though it is a wide angle, can create beautiful background blur and really emphasize what you want to stand out most in the frame. Don’t make the mistake of looking through the view finder and walking towards the object you want to shoot as you might end up walking right into it! It is amazing how close you can get to an object and have it’s entirety in the view finder! The colors are great and the overall feel is what I was looking for. I know I have to buy an 82mm filter, but that’s ok too.