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Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM

Review Date: Sep 4, 2004 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,000.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Fast. Wondrous color, saturation, sharpness. Subjects appear to have more depth and dimension (could just all be in my head--I own two tube pre amps and Quad speakers so that should be a warning. :-)). In my very humble opinion, the ONE lens to have if you could only afford one L, is NOT the 24-70 L zoom, but this one.

I have a number of Canon zooms and primes (14mm f/2.8L, 85mm f/1.2L, 135mm f/2 L, 70-200 IS, 17-40 L, etc.) and this is the lens that stays on my camera 90% of the time. The 35mm focal length, for my 1D with 1.3 crop factor is very versatile and useful, as both a travel lens and one "around the house", to take pictures of family members. The speed (1.4) is extremely useful in low light although I use it at >1.8 most of the times.

The day I acquired this lens was the day that I stopped using my 24-70L. YMMV (meaning please don't get upset if you love your 24-70L) but the image quality difference (contrast, sharpness, color) is enough, for *me*, to accept the inconvenience of a prime. Your findings may be different so if you have a chance, please test this lens against your current "daily use" one. You may just feel the power of the best Canon L prime. I did. :-)

Recommended without reservation. If you have time, please check out my pbase web site . Most of these shots were taken with this lens.