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Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM

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Review Date: May 18, 2009 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,450.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Image quality, smooth creamy bokeh.
Cons:
Bulky lens hood. Although much better than most Canon AF lenses, manual focus is a bit mushy.

I've been very hesitant to buy this lens, perhaps from reading too many of the early internut reviews. With a 5d Mk2, this is a beautiful combination, balancing as nicely as any EOS camera/lens combination can. No autofocusing problems, minimal focusing adjustment needed (+1). There appears to be a bit of focus shift, but that is common-place for ultrafast lenses, and it hasn't created any real world problems. Wide open images are nice and crisp in the focus plane, with great bokeh.

I wish Canon lens had a better feel for manual focusing; this lens is certainly better than the 50/1.4, and the 85/1.2L in that regard, but manual focusing is still "squishy".

Folks complain about the price, but coming from the Leica system, this thing is cheap for the performance you get.


 
Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM

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Review Date: May 1, 2003 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,300.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Great focal length range, especially with full frame or 35mm film cameras. Very good to excellent image quality throughout focal length and aperture ranges.
Cons:
Short throw makes manual focusing difficult

This is a great lens. I've always loved the 24mm perspective, and having a "normal" zoom which covers this focal length is great for my photography style. Handles nicely and balances well with both my 10D and 1V. Good performance with minimal barrel distortion at 24mm, no pincushion at 70mm. Reasonably sharp to corners, no vignetting at 24mm.

 
Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L USM

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Review Date: May 1, 2003 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,299.00 | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Nice focal length range, better image quality than Canon 17-35 it replaces. Nice weight and handling.
Cons:
Still a bit soft in the corners, wide open and as high as f 5.6. Also flares a bit easily

This is a nice lens; I switched to this lens when switching from Nikon. Although reasonably sharp, it is no match for the Nikkor 17-35 AFS in terms of performance wide open. There is no vignetting and light fall off at 16mm is very well controlled. I did get to compare it to a 17-35 Canon and found it a marked improvement over that lens. The lens is a bit prone to flare, but that's probably consistent with it's short focal length.

 
Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L

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Review Date: May 1, 2003 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $950.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Great range of movements, very good to excellent image quality, even at f3.5-4.
Cons:
Bulky and heavy, camera ships with shift and tilt movements perpendicular & requires trip to service to make them parallel. A bit on the expensive side.

This lens is one of the main reasons I switched to Canon after 25 years of Nikon use. The only real problem with the lens is that the tilt and shift axes are "fixed" and not easily moved, thus you are considerably more restricted in the range of movements available. However, for most landscape photography the range of movements are more than adequate. The lens is also a bit bulky, but that's to be expected given it's combination of capabilities and rock solid build. The first thing to do after buying this lens is to send it back to Canon service so that they will make the tilt and shift movements parallel.

 
Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM

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Review Date: May 1, 2003 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $309.00 | Rating: 6 

 
Pros: Good image quality, relatively small and lightweight for an EF lens. Great aperture and focal length on 10D, other cameras with 1.6x factor.
Cons:
Mediocre build and mechanical quality, especially when compared to L lenses. Manual focusing is not smooth and lens has short throw, making manual focusing a bit difficult.

I bought this lens to have a fast portrait lens with my 10D; it is my only non-L lenses. I'm a bit disappointed in the "feel" of the lens, and manual focus is not smooth due to the motor. However, image quality is pretty good with nice contrast and bokeh even wide open. It is a bit soft in the corners wide open, especially on a film camera, but that improves quickly by f2.8. It is certainly comparable to the Nikkor lens of the same speed and focal length. This may not be a lens I keep for long, although that was my expectation before buying it.